Remember the 3Rs this Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2011

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) reminds residents to make the 3Rs part of their holiday season. Reduce consumption, reuse items like newspapers, magazines or maps by re-purposing them as gift wrap and recycle paper gift wrap, clean containers and cardboard at the curb.

"This year we’re promoting the idea of creating memories, not garbage. Residents of the region are encouraged to visit our website for a number of fun and interesting ways to celebrate the holidays without creating unnecessary waste that will end up at Hartland landfill. By making smart purchasing decisions and using creative and recyclable gift wrap we can reduce our holiday footprint in many ways,“ said Russ Smith, Senior Manager of the Environmental Resource Management division at the CRD.

If you can’t re-use products, ensure you properly prepare recycling at the curb and remember:

  • There are no limits on how many properly prepared blue boxes or bags or how much cardboard can be put out on your recycling day.
  • Foil wrapping paper, plastic ribbons, bows and Styrofoam are not accepted in the curbside recycling program. Please save them and re-use them for next year.
  • Cardboard must be flattened and bundled with string (36”x18”x 8”).
  • Properly prepared blue boxes, bags and cardboard should be put at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on your recycling day. If we’re expecting windy weather conditions ensure that your blue bag contents are secured in the bag.

The CRD Curbside Recycling program services 113,000 homes in the region. This program is in place to reduce the amount of waste entering Hartland landfill and to recover valuable resources.

For more information about eco-friendly holiday gift ideas and proper preparation, please visit our web site or call the CRD Hotline at 250.360.3030.

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For more information:
Danielle Desharnais, Manager Corporate Communications
T: 250.360.3165
C: 250.516.2459