– CRD Bulletin
The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board confirmed that the collection of glass containers, as part of the CRD curbside blue box program, will continue until at least the current collection contracts expire on April 30, 2019. The CRD will continue to educate the public about the separation of glass for curbside collection and work in partnership with industry to communicate the benefits of returning deposit glass to depots.
The CRD has collected glass containers as part of its residential curbside blue box program since it began in 1988. Continuing to provide curbside glass collection maintains existing levels of service, ensures that some 1,600 tonnes of glass containers will continue to be recycled annually, meets the CRD’s current contractual obligations and provides an opportunity to monitor and evaluate the potential environmental, social and economic implications of curbside collection of glass.
The CRD is presently under a four-year contract with Multi-Material BC (MMBC) to provide packaging and printed paper (blue box) collection service, including glass containers. A four-year contract is also in place with Emterra Environmental to provide curbside collection services as a contractor to the CRD, using a three-stream materials collection process.
In order to prevent broken glass from contaminating and devaluing other recyclables, residents are reminded to place glass in a separate labeled container for curbside collection.
Staff will gathering public feedback on curbside recycling collection and prepare a report to the CRD Board in early 2018 to provide adequate time to seek direction regarding the CRD’s future involvement in packaging and printed paper (PPP) curbside collection once the current contracts expire.
Changes to Glass Preparation
Glass is still accepted curbside. To comply with MMBC processing requirements and to protect the value of other recyclable containers, we need to keep glass separate.
- Clean glass jars and bottles, with lids removed and labels intact, are fully accepted in a separate CRD blue box or similar sized container. For your convenience, you may re-use any household container that meets the approved dimensions, such as a plastic bucket or tote.
- Affix the pink “Glass Bottles and Jars Only” label to your designated glass container so it is visible to collectors.
- Place the lids in the blue box that contains the non-glass containers.
- We encourage you to return your refundable bottles to a bottle depot near you for a return of your deposit.
If you require a new or additional pink “Glass Bottles and Jars Only” label, please contact Emterra at 250.385.4399 or by email.
Broken glass is not accepted in the curbside recycling program. You may wrap broken glass in newspaper or something similar, so that no one gets cut handling it, and place it inside your garbage bag, inside your garbage can. Alternately you may take broken glass to a recycling facility that takes pane glass. Go to Glass (pane) for more details.