Multi-Material BC Recycling Program Starts May 19, 2014


North Cowichan, BC - Starting May 19, 2014, residents of North Cowichan, Cowichan Tribes, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Electoral Areas and many other communities across BC will be able to add 10 more items to their curbside recycling with the introduction of the new Multi-Material BC (MMBC) recycling program.  As a result of this program, North Cowichan residents will see a $15.00 reduction in curbside collection fees on their 2014 tax notices and possibly more in future years. 

Additional items that have been added to the curbside recycling program include hot and cold paper beverage cups, milk cartons, juice and soup boxes, frozen dessert and ice cream boxes, empty aerosol cans and caps, plastic clam shell-type food containers, plastic drink cups, and plastic garden plant pots and seedling trays.  Plastic grocery bags and other film plastics will no longer be on the list of curbside collectibles under the new program, so residents will have to take those items along with non-deposit glass jars and bottles and Styrofoam packaging to one of the following recycling centres beginning May 19: 

- Bings Creek, 3900 Drinkwater Road, Duncan
- Peerless Road, 10830 Peerless Road, Ladysmith
- Meade Creek, 8855 Youbou Road, Lake Cowichan,

as well as Island Return-It Bottle Depots in Duncan and Ladysmith. Depot information including locations and hours can be found on the new MMBC website at www.recyclinginbc.ca or on the CVRDs website atwww.cvrdrecycles.bc.ca.

No other changes are being made to curbside collection, and pick-up days and frequency will remain the same.  Multi-family dwellings will continue to be managed privately, so those residents should speak with their service providers regarding any changes to their recycling collection programs.

Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is a non-profit organization working on behalf of businesses that supplies packaging and printed paper to BC residents. Starting May 19, these businesses will be responsible for collecting and managing these materials so they can be recycled.  MMBC will assume responsibility for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC on behalf of these businesses, either directly or by working with local governments, First Nations, private companies and not-for-profit organizations.