Recycling in BC
First Earth Day is celebrated.
April 22, 1970
BC establishes the first deposit return program in North America.
RCBC, Canada's first recycling council, is founded.
The Delta Recycling Society establishes the first blue box collection program in Western Canada.
Cabinet calls for a 50% municipal solid waste reduction by 2000 by employing the 3R's.
The per capita solid waste rate is 866kg per person.
BC introduces regulation for post-consumer paints.
BC launches a voluntary recycling program for lead-acid batteries.
BC launches North America's first tire recycling program (FIRST).
BC expands regulations for managing residual flammable liquids, pesticides, and gasoline.
The Kootenay Boundary Regional District becomes the first to adopt Zero Waste as a goal.
Solid waste management plans (SWMPs)are developed for all BC regional districts.
BC's Recycling Regulation based on EPR principles comes into effect.
Encorp Pacific begins accepting end-of-life electronics.
BC Used Oil Management Association begins accepting used oil, oil filters, and oil containers.
The LightRecycle program begins accepting light bulbs, fixtures, and ballasts
The Call2Recycle program begins accepting all household batteries under 5kg.
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association establishes a cell phone recycling program.
The ElectroRecycle program begins accepting end-of-life small appliances and power tools.
BC Used Oil Management Association begins accepting used antifreeze and containers.
The Switch the Stat program begins accepting mercury-containing thermostats.
The per capita solid waste rate is 570kg per person.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) begins accepting old outdoor power equipment.
Multi-Materials BC assumes management of recycling residential packaging and printed paper.
Metro Vancouver and The Capital Regional District begin disposal bans for food scraps.
RCBC celebrates its 40th birthday!
Want learn more about recycling in BC? Visit www.rcbc.ca or call the RCBC Recycling Hotline Lower Mainland: (604)732-9253 Toll-Free: 1(800)667-4321
Bottle Bill Resource Guide: http://www.bottlebill.org/legislation/canada/britishcolumbia.htm
History- Earthwise Society: http://www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca/about-us-3/history/
Guide to Preparation of Regional Solid Waste Management Plans: BC Ministry of Environment
Municipal Solid Waste Disposal in B.C. (1990-2012). BC Ministry of Environment
B.C. Product Stewardship Summary. http://www.rcbc.ca/education/product-stewardship/table
Metro Vancouver Banned Materials: http://goo.gl/EMp4TD
Capital Regional District Banned Items: http://goo.gl/snEzIL
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary: http://www.rdkb.com/Services/EnvironmentalServices/WasteManagement/Reduce/ZeroWaste.aspx