Single Use Recycling Bags (Blue/Clear Bags) Being Phased Out in 2018
Update: The phase out will be implemented later this year. You may continue to use single use bags for recycling at present.
This year, the provincial recycling program requires the phasing out of “single use bags”, commonly referred to as blue bags, in Chilliwack's Curbside Collection Program.
The bags are being phased out because reusable containers are more environmentally friendly (create less waste) and single use bags negatively impact the recycling process by getting tangled in the sorting equipment.
Recycling containers will be provided at no additional cost to residents to assist with phasing out bags.
The City sought feedback from residents regarding the size and style of recycling container they prefer through a survey that ran from January 29th through February 23rd, 2018.
The results of the survey, along with information/pricing from container suppliers, will be used to select a container style. Additional details about the phase-out process will be provided to residents in the near future.
2017 Recycling Program Changes
Why did our curbside recycling program change?
On March 1, 2017, Chilliwack joined the provincial stewardship program for packaging and printed paper. This brings some changes to our curbside recycling program.
The stewardship program helps shift the responsibility for recycling packaging and printed paper to the businesses that produce those materials. The program is administered by RecycleBC (formerly Multi-Material BC), who collects funds from the producers and offers financial incentives for curbside collection programs. Joining the program will help keep Chilliwack's curbside fees low.
Who is affected by these changes?
The changes affect the recycling collection service provided to single-family homes and duplexes by the City of Chilliwack through Emterra Environmental.
This does not apply to the townhouses or apartments with collection service from private waste companies. A small number of townhouses have applied to be part of the City's curbside program, but most townhouses receive service through a private waste company.
Not sure if you are part of our curbside program? Click here to check your address.
What changed on March 1st,2017?
With the new program, residents are able to recycle some additional materials at curbside (aerosol containers, dairy cartons, and a few other new items). Some items, including plastic bags, glass and styrofoam cannot be collected curbside, but can be taken to a depot for free recycling. The recycler requires these materials to be separated from curbside recyclables because they can break easily or are more difficult to sort. Keeping them separate allows the materials to be recycled more efficiently and to the highest possible use.
Changes to the program are highlighted below. A more detailed list and explanation of the accepted materials is provided at the bottom of this webpage.
Looking for recycling/disposal options for items?
In addition to the new materials we are accepting at curbside, you can continue to place the following recyclables in your blue/clear bags or containers for weekly collection.
Material Preparation Reminders
- Empty and rinse containers – food waste contaminates recyclables
- Remove caps and lids from containers and place loose in recycling
- Flatten and cut cardboard to max. 1.25 m/4ft length, place in recycling container/blue bag or stack beside/under containers at the curb.
Residents may continue using their existing curbside recycling containers or blue/ clear bags for placing materials at the curb. There is no limit to the total amount of recyclables that can be placed at the curb for collection. Each container can be up to a maximum 120L and must have a lid and handles.
Education and Enforcement
Information on the recycling program changes has been provided to residents through:
- Council presentation (February 7, 2017)
- Door hangers (February 24, 2017)
- Newspaper, radio and social media ads (February 2017 - September 2017)
- Curbside information tags (March 2017 - ongoing)
Enforcement has been phased in:
- Phase 1 - Started March 1, 2017, information tags were left to notify residents of problems with the recycling contents, but materials were still being collected during this initial education phase.
- Phase 2 - Started September 26,2017, non-compliant recycling materials are being left at the curb with information tags. Residents are able to rectify any problems with the materials and place their recycling out for collection the following week.
Watch for these information tags during Phase 2 of education/enforcement:
|Curbside Recycling List||2018-04-12||343KB|
|Plastics Recycling Guide||2018-03-09||532KB|
|Updated Curbside Sorting Guide||2018-03-09||282KB|
Information on Recycling/Bottle Depots including locations, hours of operation, and items accepted