Accepted Recyclables

Please use our Waste Wizard Widget (above) to search for items you are looking to dispose of.  Alternatively, you can download our Quick Reference Guide to Recycling [PDF - 2 MB]


What paper, plastic and metal items are accepted at curbside? [PDF - 787 KB]

What items are accepted at MMBC depots and how do I prepare them? [PDF - 1.8 MB]

Why is glass not accepted in curbside recycling?



Curbside recycling bins containing items that are not acceptable will be left at the curb by the municipality’s service provider and a brief note explaining why the recyclables were not collected will be placed on the collection bin. If recyclable items are placed in the garbage our curbside collectors will not collect the garbage and will leave a note explaining why they were left at the curb.  Broken glass will continue to be accepted in garbage collection providing it is placed in a container to prevent injury to curbside collection staff.  The use of plastic bags to contain garbage will also continue to be permitted.

Contamination levels of residential curbside recycling must be kept below 3% in order for the muncipality to receive the incentive provided by Recycle BC. Keeping contamination levels below this limit will result in savings on taxes related to curbside recycling for residents.  

The most common causes of contamination of the curbside recycling program include the recycling of:

  • Styrofoam (CVRD Drop-off Depots accept residential quantities of foamed polystyrene for recycling free of charge. Make sure it is clean before bringing it in.)
  • Glass (Non-refundable, clean glass jars and bottles with lids removed can be dropped off at a CVRD Recycling Drop-off Depot. or Island Return It Bottle Depot)
  • Film Plastics  (e.g. Grocery gags, plastic overwrap etc)
  • Recyclable items placed in plastic bags

Items that are NOT Included in Curbside Recycling (Depot Only) 

To find a location to recycle items which are not accepted in our curbside recycling program please search our "waste wizard" at the top of the page or phone the CVRD recycling hotline at (250) 746-2540 (toll free 1-800-665-3955).

Accepted at Recycling Depots Only 

Depot Only


Not Accepted

Non-deposit glass bottles and jars

Clear or coloured

Empty and rinse bottles and jars.

No glasses, dishes, cookware, window glass or mirrors

No ceramic products

No deposit glass bottles (take to Return-It Depot for deposit refund)
Plastic bags and overwrap

***Note*** there are two streams for different film plastic materials which must be seperated accordingly.  Search the product/material in the "waste wizard" at the top of the page for detailed sorting instructions


Plastic Bags and Overwrap:

Examples include plastic bags for groceries and dry cleaning; bags for bread, newspapers and flyers; pre-washed salad bags; bags for produce and dry bulk foods; frozen vegetable bags; outer wrap for soft drink can flats; water softener salt, wood pellet and garden product bags; outer bags for diaper and feminine hygiene products; overwrap on mattresses, furniture and electronic equipment


Other Flexible Packaging:

Stand up zipper lock pouches (ex. granola or frozen berry packaging) crinkly wrappers and bags (ex. coffee and chip bags) , cellophane,  flexible packaging with plastic seal (ex. packaging for fresh pasta or prepackaged deli meats) non-food protective wrap (ex. bubble wrap, plastic envelopes) mesh bags for onions, avacados, oranges and lemons etc.

No lumber or construction wrap

No foil lined potato chip or snack bags

Plastic foam containers and trays  Clean meat trays, foam egg cartons, foam clamshells for take-out food, cups and bowls 

No liquid-absorbing pads

No shrink wrap for meat, poultry, fish or cheese

No paper napkins

Plastic foam cushion packaging

To protect electronics, small appliances, etc.


Separate colour and white plastic foam

No foam peanuts, packing chips or noodles

No blue or pink foam board insulation

Glass (Depot only)

Accepted Description Not Accepted
Non-deposit glass bottles and jars

Clear or coloured

Empty and rinse bottles and jars.

No glasses, dishes, cookware, window glass or mirrors

No ceramic products

Deposit glass bottles (take to Return-It Depot for deposit refund)

 We ask for glass to be separated from other recyclables because glass can easily break during collection. When broken glass mixes with paper and other containers it becomes difficult to properly recycle these materials, meaning that less glass—and less of the other material—is recycled. Broken glass is also a safety hazard.