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Glass, styrofoam, and film plastic must be handled differently than other recyclables to avoid contamination and damage to recycling processing machinery.
Glass and styrofoam break into unrecoverable pieces during curbside collection, contaminating the load and, in the case of glass, posing health and safety issues for workers.
Plastic bags and other film plastic must be handled separately from other recyclable materials because it gets wrapped up in the sorting equipment, causing lengthy delays and equipment failures. Also, when plastic film is mixed with other materials during collection, pieces of the other recyclables (paper, food containers) get wrapped up in the plastic; it is difficult to separate the recyclables from the plastic film, resulting in unrecyclable material.
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The curbside blue recycling tote is for household packaging and paper. All paper including newspaper, flyers, magazines and catalogues are accepted, as well as cereal boxes and cardboard (must fit loosely in the tote with the lid closed). Household plastic containers such as for laundry detergent or food, milk jugs and containers, and pails under 5 gallons (18 litre) are accepted, Tetra paks, paper coffee cups, empty aerosol cans, nursery plant pots and seedling trays are all accepted. All material must be rinsed clean.
If you are moving into an existing single family home in an Electoral Area, you will already be included in the pick-up program and totes should have been left at your property by the previous owner.
CVRD Electoral Area residents receive recycling and garbage pick-up from the Cowichan Valley Regional District. North Cowichan, City of Duncan, Town of Ladysmith, and Town of Lake Cowichan residents should contact their municipalities for pick-up schedules.