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Any paper including newspaper, flyers, magazines and catalogues; cereal boxes; cardboard; plastic containers, bottles and pails; milk cartons; tetra paks; paper coffee cups; empty aerosol cans; and plant pots and seedling trays. All materials must be clean and dry.
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Glass and film plastic must be recycled differently than other recyclables to avoid contamination and damage to recycling processing machinery. Glass can easily break during collection. When broken glass mixes with paper and other containers, it becomes difficult to properly sort, and therefore recycle, these materials. Delivering glass to depots helps ensure that more of it—and more of the other material—is recycled. When plastic film, or plastic bags and overwrap, is collected with other materials, pieces of the other recyclables—printed papers, paper packaging and aluminum, steel, and rigid plastic containers —mix with the plastic film. Once these materials are mixed together, it is difficult to completely separate the other recyclables from the plastic film to meet the standards of North American recycling markets. Plastic film that cannot meet market quality requirements is either used as fuel, directed to disposal, or shipped to Asia for sorting with local disposal of the sorted residue.
If you are moving into an existing single family home in an Electoral Area, you will already be included in the pick-up program and totes should have been left at your property by the previous owner.
CVRD Electoral Area residents receive recycling and garbage pick-up from the Cowichan Valley Regional District. North Cowichan, City of Duncan, Town of Ladysmith, and Town of Lake Cowichan residents should contact their municipalities for pick-up schedules.