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Acceptable Materials

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On this page you'll find what materials we accept in our multi-family blue cart program and what to do with the materials we do not accept. If you have an item you don't see here, check our Recycle This! feature.

For Plastic Foam Packaging, Plastic Bags and Overwrap, and materials too big (Max size four (4) litres) to place in carts, multi-family residents also have access to the North Shore Recycling Drop-off Depot.

To find a Drop-Off Depot near you visit www.recyclinginBC.ca

The Multi-Family Blue Cart Program consists of:

Containers Cart

Mixed Paper Cart

Newspaper Cart

Containers Cart

Material

What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include

Paper Packaging Containing Liquids when Sold

Aseptic Boxes & Cartons

ICON Aeseptic

Milk; milk-type beverages; cream; soup; broth; sauces

Empty and rinse cartons.

If aseptic box or carton has plastic screw top, remove cap and place loose in cart.

Juice cartons (take to Return-It Depot for refund)

Straws

Stand-up pouches

Frozen Dessert Boxes

ICON Frozen

Ice cream; frozen yogurt, etc.

Empty and rinse dessert boxes.

 

Gable-top Cartons

ICON Gable-Top

Milk; milk-type beverages; cream; substitute eggs; sugar; molasses

Empty and rinse cartons.

If gable-top carton has plastic screw top, remove cap and place loose in cart.

Juice cartons (take to Return-It Depot for refund)

Paper Cups

ICON Coffee-Cup

Hot and cold beverage paper cups and lids

Empty and rinse cups. Remove lids and place loose in cart.

Straws

Non-paper insulating wraps

Material

What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include

Metal Packaging

Aerosol Cans & Caps

ICON Aerosol 

Food; air fresheners; shaving cream; deodorant; hairspray 

Empty cans. Remove caps and place loose in cart. 

Spray paint cans

Aerosol cans with any contents remaining

Propane cylinders  

 Aluminum Foil & Foil Containers

ICON Aluminum 

Foil wrap; pie plates; food trays; baking and roasting pans, etc.  

Empty containers. 

Chip or foil bags

Foil wrap with paper backing for butter, cigarettes, etc.

Foil-lined cardboard lids from take-out containers

Spiral Wound Paper Cans & Lids

ICON Spiral

Frozen juice concentrate; potato chips; cookie dough; coffee; nuts; baby formula.

Remove lids and place loose in cart.

 

Steel & Aluminum Cans & Lids

ICON Steel

Food; pet food; tins for cookies, tea, chocolates, etc.

Empty and rinse cans. Remove lids. Drop into can and squeeze top slightly.

Steel paint cans

Coat hangers

Pots, pans, baking trays

Propane tanks or cyclinders 

Refundable drink cans (take to Return-It Depot for refund)

Material

What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include

Plastic Packaging

  Plastic Bottles & Caps

ICON Plastic-Bottle

 Plastic bottles have screw caps or spray, pump or pull-up tops. Food; dish soap; mouthwash; shampoo, conditioner and other personal care products; pills and vitamins; laundry products; household cleaners; automotive cleaners e.g. glass cleaner, windshield washer fluid, etc.

Empty and rinse bottles. Remove caps, spray pump and pull-up tops and place loose in cart.

Beverage bottles (take to Return-It Depot for refund)

Stand up pouches

Containers for motor oil; vehicle lubricants; antifreeze products

Plastic Clamshells

ICON Clamshell

Plastic clamshell containers are clear with hinged or click-closed tops. Baked goods; fruit; produce; eggs, etc.

Empty and rinse containers.

Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable

Plastic Cold Drink Cups & Lids

ICON Cold-Drink

Beverage take-out cups with lids.

Empty and rinse cups. Remove lids and place loose in cart.

Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable

Paper napkins

Plastic Garden Pots and Trays

ICON Pot

Bedding plants; seedlings; vegetable plants, etc.

Empty, rinse and place loose in cart. Nest multiple pots to save space. 

Ceramic plant pots

Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture, toys

Garden hoses

Plastic string or rope 

Dirt or plant parts in flower pots

Plastic Jars & Lids

ICON Plastic-Jar

Plastic jars have wide mouths with screw-top lids. Peanut butter; jam; nuts; condiments; vitamins and supplements; personal care products and cosmetics; pharmaceuticals, etc.

Empty and rinse jars. Remove lids and place loose in cart.

 

Plastic Jugs with Screw Tops & Caps

ICON Plastic-Jug

Milk; cooking oil; laundry detergent; fabric softener; cleaning solutions; cleaning products; body care products; windshield washer fluid, etc.

Empty and rinse jugs. Remove caps and place loose in cart.

Jugs for flavoured tea, juice or other beverages (take to Return-It Depot for refund)

Plastic Microwavable Bowls, Cups & Lids

ICON Microwave

Soups; entrees

Remove lids and place loose in cart.

Bowls with metal rims

Paper napkins

 Plastic Pails

ICON Pail

 Laundry detergent; ice cream, etc. 

 

 

Plastic paint cans

Pails larger than four litres (pails up to 25 litres can be recycled at the North Shore Recycling Drop-off Depot)

Lubricants or oils

Plastic Trays & Tops

ICON Plastic-Tray

Plastic trays and tops are clear or have black bottom trays with clear domes. Deli chicken; single-serve meals; prepared foods; baked good; housewares and hardware e.g. screws, picture hangers, etc.

Empty and rinse trays.

White or coloured plastic foam trays (take to a drop-off depot)

Liquid-absorbing pads

Stretch wrap for meat, poultry, fish or cheese

Plastic blister packs, e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for pills and chewing gum

Plastic Tubs & Lids 

ICON Yogurt

Food e.g. margarine; spreads; dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.

Empty and rinse tubs. Remove lids and place loose in cart.

Beverage bottles (take to Return-It Depot for refund)

Stand up pouches

Material

What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include

Glass

Glass Bottles & Jars

ICON Glass

Food-grade jars such as pickles, mayonnaise, etc.

Non-refundable glass bottles.

Clear or coloured glass accepted.

The best option for glass bottles and jars is to take them to a designated drop-off depot.

At this time glass in your Containers Cart will not be refused.

Empty and rinse. Remove lids and place lids loosely in cart for recycling.

Mirrors

Windows or plate glass

Dishes, drinking glasses or bakeware

Eyeglasses

Ceramics

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Mixed Paper Cart

Material

What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include

Printed Paper

Catalogues

ICON Magazine

All types

Remove from plastic wrap.

Gift Wrap (Paper) & Greeting Cards

ICON Greeting-Card

Paper and tissue wrap for gifts, flowers, dry cleaning, etc.

Remove tape and ribbons

Non-paper gift wrap, e.g. foil

Ribbons or bows

Musical greeting cards with batteries

Magazines

ICON Magazine

All types

Remove from plastic wrap.

Telephone Books

ICON Telephone-Book

Phone books; directories

Remove from plastic wrap.

Hard cover or paperback books

Writing/Home Office Paper & Correspondence

ICON Office-Paper

Note pads; loose leaf paper; computer, copier and printer paper; printed paper; plain and window envelopes; shredded paper.

Shredded paper only accepted in firmly tied clear plastic bag. (No opaque, coloured or black bags accepted.)

Padded envelopes

Material

What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include

 Paper Packaging Containing Dry Goods when Sold

Cardboard/ Boxboard Boxes

ICON Boxboard

 Boxes for cereal, shoes, tissues, pizza, frozen entrees, desserts and detergents; carboard rolls for paper towel and tissue; carrier trays for bulk bottled water, soft drinks, cans, food, etc.

Flatten and place boxboard directly into the cart.

Paper towel or tissues

Corrugated Cardboard

ICON Cardboard

All non-waxed corrugated cardboard including packing & shipping boxes, corrugated packing material, etc.

Cut down to fit inside the Mixed Paper cart, or neatly tie bundles measuring no larger than 2' x 2' x 6” high (tie securely with string or twine - no wire or plastic strapping, please). Place beside Mixed Paper cart.

Waxed cardboard (use your fingernail to scratch the surface to check for wax)

Any cardboard pieces larger than 2’ x 2’

Unbundled (i.e., loose stacks) or dirty cardboard

Moulded boxboard packaging

ICON Paper-Carton

Egg cartons; take-out beverage trays; paper-based flower pots

 

Dirt or plant parts

Plastic foam egg cartons

 Paper Bags

ICON Paper-Bag

Any colour paper bags, including brown bags for lunches, groceries, etc.; prescription bags 

Padded envelopes

Foil-lined bags e.g. packaged cookies

Multiple Layer Paper Bags

ICON Pet-food-bag

Multi-layered bags for pet food, etc.

Plastic-lined paper bags like the ones often used for specialty coffee, tea, cookies, chocolate, etc.

 

No bags with a foil layer

No laminated paper packaging (paper with a laminated plastic coating on both sides)

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Newspaper Cart

Material

What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include

Newspaper

Newspaper & Inserts

ICON Newspaper

Newspapers and newsprint including all inserts & flyers that arrive inside your newspaper. 

Place clean newspapers and inserts inside your Newspaper Cart.

Mixed paper products

Corrugated cardboard

Any non-newsprint material or products.

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Download this list in a printable format:

Printable Accepted Materials List - Colour

Printable Accepted Materials List - Black and White

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