Plastics recycling

Recycling

Plastics #6 Styrofoam

Clean styrofoam blocks, food trays and containers can be recycled in the SUB expanded recycling station or your office styrofoam and soft plastics recycling program (please contact your office administrator).  The Styrofoam must be clean, free of labels and not be soiled with any food products.  If your department office does not have a styrofoam and soft plastics recycling program please contact the Waste Reduction Unit at 250-853-3160 for more details. 

Any labeled, food soiled or coloured styrofoam blocks, peanuts or containers should be disposed of in the landfill waste bin.  These items are not recyclable. 

Soft plastics

Clean plastic retail bags, other soft plastic bags (e.g. bags for bread, newspapers, produce and dry bulk foods) and overwrap (e.g. outer wraps for diapers and feminine hygiene products) can be recycled in the SUB expanded recycling station or your office styrofoam and soft plastics recycling program (please contact your office administrator).  The items must be clean and not soiled with any food products.  If your department office does not have a styrofoam and soft plastics recycling program please contact the Waste Reduction Unit at 250-853-3160 for more details. 

Crinkly bags, kitchen stretch wrap, plastic condiment packets or soft packaging for meat, fish, cheese, poultry etc and garbage bags (all colours) are not recyclable.  Also, any dirty or food soiled plastic bags should also be disposed of in the landfill bin.

Straws

All single use plastic straws (unless they are compostable e.g. in SUB) should be disposed of in the landfill bin.  These items are not recyclable and where possible, should be avoided.

´╗┐Plastic containers #1-5, #7

Plastic containers marked #1 (e.g. drink bottles); #2 (e.g. milk jugs and yogurt tubs); #3 (e.g. shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles); #4 (squeeze bottles); #5 (e.g. ketchup bottles, caps) and #7 (e.g. dvd cases) can be recycled in the orange mixed containers recycling bin.  Please note that plastics marked #6 (polystyrene) cannot be recycled in this bin.

Plastic bags

Clean t-shirt (groceries and retail) plastic bags can be recycled in SUB expanded recycling station or your office styrofoam and soft plastics recycling program (please contact your office administrator).  The items must be clean and not soiled with any food products.  If your department office does not have a styrofoam and soft plastics recycling program please contact the Waste Reduction Unit at 250-853-3160 for more details.  Please note that coloured plastic bags and garbage bags cannot be recycled in our current system.

Dirty, wet or food soiled plastic bags should be disposed of in the landfill bin.  These cannot be recycled in our current system.

Transparencies

Departments that have a few leftover transparencies to be recycled can send them via campus mail to the Waste Reduction Unit.  However if you have a box full of them then please submit a FMIS Self Service request to have them picked up and recycled by the Waste Reduction Unit.

Condiment packets

All used condiment packets (e.g. ketchup, mustard, sugar) should be disposed of in the landfill bin.  These cannot be recycled in our current system.