Starting June 1, 2018, Recycle BC is introducing a pilot project to collect a new type of material: Other Flexible Plastic Packaging.
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging is one of the fastest growing packaging types on the market and the largest category of packaging that previously wasn’t collected by Recycle BC.
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging are essentially types of film and flexible plastics that often include multiple layers of different types of plastic, making it more difficult to recycle.
Examples of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging include: stand-up and zipper lock pouches, like pouches for granola, frozen berries, etc.; crinkly wrappers and bags, like coffee bags, chip bags, or cellophane; flexible packaging with plastic seal, like packaging for fresh pasta or pre-packaged deli meats; non-food protective wrap like bubble wrap or plastic envelopes; and net bags for onions, avocados, lemons, etc.
There are five main sub-categories of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging. The categories and examples are included below:
Stand-up and Zipper Lock Pouches
- Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries, prepared food, etc.
- Zipper lock bags for fresh foods like grapes, berries, deli meat, etc.
- Stand-up pouches for baby food, hand soap refills, etc.
- Stand-up and zipper lock pouches for things like dried fruits, granola, sugar, oatmeal, quinoa, dish detergent pods, grated cheese, etc.
Crinkly Wrappers and Bags
- Bags for potato chips, candy, dried pasta, cereal, etc.
- Cellophane for flowers, gift baskets, etc.
- Wrappers for cheese slices, snack bars, instant noodles, etc.
Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seal
- Packaging for fresh pasta, pre-packaged deli meats, pre-packaged cheese, etc.
Woven and Net Plastic Bags
- Net bags for avocados, onions, oranges, lemons, limes, etc.
- Woven plastic bags for rice, etc.
Non-food Protective Packaging
- Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, plastic air packets, bubble wrap
This material will be collected at a portion of the Recycle BC depots around the province starting June 1. The location closest to Sooke is the Victoria Hartland Recycling Depot, located at 1 Hartland Ave, Victoria (Saanich). They are open on weekdays between 9am and 5pm, and on Saturdays between 7am and 2pm. Call (250) 727-3331 for information.
For more information on this recycling initiative, visit Recycle BC online.
For recyclables that can be included in your Blue Box, click here.