Right here’s recycle your plastics throughout tenting season


We’ve all been there – packing our campsite before returning home after an epic weekend enjoying Canada’s unparalleled scenic beauty.

We’re tired and need a hot shower, so there’s a temptation to throw everything in a trash bag or throw it in the trash can at the trailhead.

Even if the urge is sometimes there, we have to do everything we can to protect the environment – even if sorting your recyclables adds 15 minutes to the journey home.

BC Park’s Responsible Recreation Guide emphasizes the importance of cleaning up after your visit. Litter ruins the park’s enjoyment for other visitors, attracts wildlife, and increases conflicts between wildlife and humans. Our parks are not self-cleaning – it is up to us as visitors to leave nature as we found it by bagging and taking home trash, organic and recyclables.

Camping season is in full swing and Recycle BC is reminding day-trippers and both car and backcountry campers to “pack light, leave clean” by ensuring people bring their plastics home for recycling suitable recycling BC depot.

Soft plastics that are actually recyclable

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Typical items from a camping trip or sea day that – with some careful planning on your part – could be diverted from the landfill are plastic bags, overwraps and other flexible plastic packaging.

Recycling depots or drop-off locations in BC also accept most camping food packaging, including energy bar wrappers, chocolate bar wrappers, energy gel packs, and zip-lock snack and candy bags (think jerky, moon cheese, hydration powder, and meal). Bag). These items do not belong in household recycling.

Where to recycle

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To make recycling more convenient and to encourage more households to make recycling a part of their weekly (and camping) routine, Recycle BC offers a range of recycling options.

You can still recycle hard plastic packaging, metal containers, cardboard, paper and glass (in some communities) at home.

Flexible plastic packaging, plastic bags, overwraps and foam packaging can be dropped off at London Drugs free of charge.

And you can choose from free Recycle BC bottle depots, eco-depots, transfer stations, waste centers, select Return It locations and landfills for the following items: flexible plastic packaging, plastic bags, overwrap, hard plastic packaging, metal containers, cartons, paper, glass bottles and jars and foam packaging.

For more information on what items are accepted at each recycling location, use the Recycle BC search facility.

Keep an eye on Recycle BC’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages for more information – including soft plastic and foam collection events.