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RCBC History of BC Recycling

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Recycling in BC

A history

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First Earth Day is celebrated.

April 22, 1970

BC establishes the first deposit return program in North America.

1970

RCBC, Canada's first recycling council, is founded.

1974

The Delta Recycling Society establishes the first blue box collection program in Western Canada.

1989

Cabinet calls for a 50% municipal solid waste reduction by 2000 by employing the 3R's.

1989

1990

The per capita solid waste rate is 866kg per person.

BC introduces regulation for post-consumer paints.

1994

1991

BC launches a voluntary recycling program for lead-acid batteries.

BC launches North America's first tire recycling program (FIRST).

1991

BC expands regulations for managing residual flammable liquids, pesticides, and gasoline.

1997

The Kootenay Boundary Regional District becomes the first to adopt Zero Waste as a goal.

2000

Solid waste management plans (SWMPs)are developed for all BC regional districts.

1995

2007

2004

BC's Recycling Regulation based on EPR principles comes into effect.

Encorp Pacific begins accepting end-of-life electronics.

2003

BC Used Oil Management Association begins accepting used oil, oil filters, and oil containers.

2010

The LightRecycle program begins accepting light bulbs, fixtures, and ballasts

2010

The Call2Recycle program begins accepting all household batteries under 5kg.

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association establishes a cell phone recycling program.

2009

2011

The ElectroRecycle program begins accepting end-of-life small appliances and power tools.

2011

BC Used Oil Management Association begins accepting used antifreeze and containers.

The Switch the Stat program begins accepting mercury-containing thermostats.

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2010

2012

The per capita solid waste rate is 570kg per person.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) begins accepting old outdoor power equipment.

2012

2014

Multi-Materials BC assumes management of recycling residential packaging and printed paper.