MMBC Materials List

Most packaging and printed paper can be collected curbside and/or taken to depots for recycling. A few items are only accepted at depots.

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Paper

Material Description Do not include
Newspapers and flyers Daily and community newspapers and advertising flyers
  • Plastic bags used to cover newspapers/flyers (take to MMBC depot)
  • Rubber bands
Magazines All types
Catalogues All types
Telephone books Phone books; directories
  • Hard cover or paperback books (donate or sell)
Paper gift wrap and greeting cards
  • Non-paper or foil gift wrap
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries (contact the Recycling Council of BC for battery and e-waste disposal options)
Writing/home office paper and correspondence
  • Note pads; loose leaf paper; white or coloured computer, copier and printer paper; printed paper; plain and window envelopes; shredded paper
  • If you live in a community or multi-family building that has separate bins or bags for paper and containers recycling, you may place shredded paper securely inside a paper bag or box (to prevent litter) and include with your paper recycling.
  • If you live in a community or multi-family building that utilizes one bin or bag for all of your recycling, please place shredded paper inside a securely-tied, see-through, plastic bag (no opaque, coloured or black bags) and place at the curb separately. 
  • Padded envelopes

 

Paper Packaging for Dry Goods

Material Description Do not include
Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Shipping boxes, grocery and liquor store boxes, pizza boxes
  • Empty boxes.
  • Flatten large corrugated boxes and cut down to no larger than 30” wide (78 cm) X 30” tall (78 cm); staples and tape OK. Securely place beside or between recycling containers.
  • Cardboard boxes with wax coating, e.g., empty shipping boxes made available for residents to transport their groceries home
Cardboard/boxboard
  • Boxes for cereal, shoes, tissues, pizza, frozen entrees, desserts, detergent, etc.
  • Carrier trays for bulk bottled water, soft drinks, cans, food, etc.
  • Cores for paper towel and toilet tissue
  • Flatten and place boxboard directly into the collection container, not inside another box
  • Remove liner bags
  • Paper towels or tissues
Moulded boxboard packaging Egg cartons, take-out beverage trays, paper-based garden pots
  • Residue in garden pots
Paper bags (also called kraft paper) Any colour, including brown grocery sacks, white prescription bags, brown envelopes
  • Padded envelopes
  • Foil-lined bags, e.g., packaged cookies
Multi-layer paper bags
  • Multi-layered bags for pet food, flour, sugar, etc.
  • Bags can include a plastic film layer
  • Bags with a foil layer

Cartons and paper cups

Material Description Do not include
Paper cups
  • For hot and cold beverages
  • Empty and rinse cups.
  • Remove lids and place loose in recycling container.
  • Remove sleeves and place with your paper recycling.
  • Straws
Gable-top cartons
  • For milk, milk-type beverages, cream, substitute eggs, sugar, molasses, etc.
  • Empty and rinse cartons. If carton includes plastic screw cap, remove cap and place loose in recycling container
Aseptic boxes or cartons
  • For milk, milk-type beverages, cream, soup, broth, sauces, etc.
  • Add loose to recycling container
Frozen dessert cartons
  • For ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.
  • Empty and rinse cartons
  •  Plastic wrap

Containers

Material Description Do not include
Steel cans and lids
  • For food including pet food; tins for cookies, tea, chocolates, etc.; include metal lid
  • Empty and rinse cans. Labels OK.
  • Remove lids, drop into can and squeeze top slightly.
  • Steel paint cans*
  • Coat hangers (return to dry cleaners)
  • Pots, pans and baking trays
  • Propane cylinders*
  • Metal toys
  • Appliances
  • Metal hardware or other scrap metal*
  • Wiring or metal cords*
  • Extension cords*
  • Steel beverage containers (return for deposit refund)

*Contact the Recycling Council of BC for recycling and safe disposal options

Empty aerosol cans
  • For food, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray, etc.
  • Empty cans.
  • Remove caps and place loose in recycling container.
Contact the Recycling Council of BC to find out how to dispose of these containers:

  • Spray paint cans
  • Aerosol cans with any contents remaining
  • Propane cylinders
Spiral wound cans and metal lids
  • For frozen juice concentrate, potato chips, cookie dough, coffee, nuts, baby formula, etc.
  • Remove lids and place loose in recycling container.
Aluminum cans and lids
  • For food, e.g., seafood, cat food, etc.
  • Empty and rinse cans. Labels OK.
  • Put metal lid inside can and squeeze slightly.

*Contact the Recycling Council of BC for recycling and safe disposal options

Aluminum foil and foil take-out containers
  • Foil wrap and take-out containers, including pie plates, food trays, etc.
  • Empty and rinse containers.
  • Chip or foil bags
  • Foil wrap with paper backing for butter, cigarettes, etc.
  • Foil-lined cardboard take-out containers or lids
Plastic jugs with  screw tops
  • For milk, cooking oil, laundry detergent, fabric softener, cleaning solutions, cleaning products, body care products, windshield washer fluid, etc.
  • Empty and rinse jugs. Labels OK.
  • Remove caps and place loose in recycling container.
  • Jugs for flavoured tea, juice, other beverages (return for deposit refund)
  • Bleach containers with any contents remaining*
  • Containers for paint, motor oil, vehicle lubricants, or antifreeze*
  • Containers for pesticides with the words danger, warning or poison, and precautionary octagon or diamond symbols with skull and cross bones*

*Contact the Recycling Council of BC for recycling and safe disposal options

Plastic bottles and caps
  • For food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products, pills and vitamins, laundry products, household cleaners, automotive cleaners, e.g., glass cleaner, windshield washer fluid, laundry products, etc.
  • Plastic bottles have screw caps or spray, pump or pull-up tops.
  • Empty and rinse bottles. Labels OK.
  • Remove caps, spray pump and pull-up tops, and place loose in recycling container.
  • Beverage bottles (return to depot for refund)
  • Stand up pouches
  • Bleach containers with any contents remaining*
  • Containers for paint, motor oil, vehicle lubricants, or antifreeze*
  • Containers for pesticides with the words danger, warning or poison, and precautionary octagon or diamond symbols with skull and cross bones*

*Contact the Recycling Council of BC for recycling and safe disposal options

Plastic jars and lids
    • For peanut butter, jam, nuts, condiments, vitamins and supplements, personal care products and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc.
    • Plastic jars have wide mouths with screw-top lids.
    • Empty and rinse jars. Labels OK.
    • Remove lids and place loose in recycling container.
 
Plastic clamshells
  • For baked goods, fruit, produce, eggs, etc.
  • Containers are clear with hinged or click-closed tops. Labels OK.
  • Empty and rinse containers.
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Liquid-absorbing pads
Plastic trays and tops
  • For deli chicken, single serve meals, prepared foods, baked goods, housewares and hardware, e.g. screws, picture hangers, etc.
  • Plastic packaging for batteries, toothbrushes, toys, etc.
  • Containers are clear or have black bottom trays with clear domes.
  • Empty and rinse trays.
  • White or coloured foam trays (take to MMBC recycling depot)
  • Liquid-absorbing pads
  • Soft plastic packaging for perishable foods, e.g. meat, poultry, fish or cheese, etc.
  • Plastic blister packs, e.g., plastic/foil protective packaging for items like chewing gum and pills
Plastic tubs and lids
  • For margarine, spreads, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.
  • Empty and rinse tubs.
  • Remove lids and place loose in recycling container.
  • For single-use coffee and tea pods: Empty and rinse pods. Remove lids and do not include lids with recycling. Grounds can be composted.
  • Plastic wrap
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Plastic or foil lids from coffee and tea pods
Plastic cold drink cups with lids
  • Beverage take out cups
  • Empty and rinse cups.
  • Remove lids and place loose in recycling container.
  • Foam cups (take to MMBC recycling depot)
  • Plastic packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Napkins (include with green waste, if applicable)
  • Straws
Plastic garden pots and trays
  • For bedding plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc.
  • Remove residue from garden pots and trays.
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
  • Garden hoses
  • Plastic string or rope
Plastic pails
  • For laundry detergent, ice cream, pet food, etc.
  • Container size is less than 25L.
  • Plastic paint cans*
  • Plastic pails larger than 25L (include with commercial recycling)
  • Pails for lubricants and oils*

 

*Contact the Recycling Council of BC for recycling and safe disposal options

Microwavable bowls & cups
  • For soups and entrees.
  • Remove lids and place loose in recycling container.
  • Bowls with metal rims
  • Napkins (include with green waste, if applicable)
  • Cutlery


Take To Depot

MMBC Depot List and address search

Glass Containers
(Depot or Collected Separately at Curbside – check with your collector)

Material Description Do not include
Non-deposit glass bottles and jars
  • Clear or coloured
  • Consult with your recycling collector for instructions.
  • Empty and rinse bottles and jars. Labels OK.
  • Include lids with container recycling
  • Drinking glasses or dishes, cookware, whole or broken window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic mugs or other ceramic products
  • Light bulbs or light fixtures
  • Beverage containers (return to depot for refund)

Plastic Bags and Outer Wrap
(Depot Only)

Material Description Do not include
Plastic BagsPlastic bags and overwrap Plastic bags for groceries, dry cleaning, bread, newspapers and flyers; bags for dry bulk foods, and frozen vegetables; outer bags and wrap for diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, tissues, soft drink can flats; bags for water softener salt, wood pellets and garden products; overwrap on mattresses, furniture and electronic equipment
  • Crinkly cellophane wrap, e.g., for tea, floral arrangements
  • Kitchen stretch wrap or plastic wrap for meat, poultry, fish or cheese
  • Chip or snack bags
  • Zipper-lock bags
  • Stand up pouches
  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Soft packaging for perishable foods, e.g. bacon, deli meats, cheese slices, fish, etc.
  • Lumber or construction wrap
  • Garbage bags (all colours)

Foam Packaging
(Depot Only)

Material Description Do not include
Foam food containers and trays
  • Meat trays, foam egg cartons, foam clamshells, foam cups and bowls for take-out food; etc.
  • Remove food residue and liquid-absorbing pads
  • Separate coloured and white plastic foam
  • Liquid-absorbing pads
  • Shrink wrap for meat, poultry, fish, cheese, etc.
  • Napkins (include with green waste, if available)
Foam cushion packaging
  • Foam cushion packaging to protect electronics, small appliances, etc.
  • Remove labels, tape paper, cardboard
  • Separate coloured and white plastic foam
  • Labels, tape, paper and cardboard on foam packaging
  • Foam peanuts, packing chips or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Squishy or flexible foam
  • Furniture cushions