Remember the 3Rs this Holiday Season

Dec 08, 2014

Victoria, BC
- The Capital Regional District (CRD) reminds residents to make the 3Rs part of their holiday season.  Reduce consumption by giving activities that create memories, not garbage, reuse items like old maps by re-purposing them as gift wrap and recycle paper gift wrap, greeting cards, clean containers and cardboard in the curbside blue box program.

The holidays tend to be a time when we see an increase in recycling. Due to the success of our holiday recycling educational campaigns and more creative, sustainable consumer choices by residents, garbage generated over the holiday season doesn’t typically increase. The amount of recyclables at the curb, however, does increase significantly in December and January.

Improperly prepared blue boxes or bags containing unaccepted materials are left behind at the curb. Ensure you don’t get left behind 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.
  • Return refundable beverage containers to depots across the region and get your deposit back.
  • Place glass jars in a separate blue box or similar-sized container.
  • Foil wrapping paper, plastic ribbons, bows and Styrofoam are not accepted in the curbside recycling program.  Styrofoam blocks are now accepted, free of charge, at designated depots. Visit for a full listing.
  • 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.
  • Does your curbside recycling day fall on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day? Curbside collection for those dates will be moved to the following Saturday. Check your schedule for more information.

The CRD Curbside Recycling program services 119,000 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 website at: or call the CRD Hotline at 250.360.3030.


For more information, please contact:
Monique Booth, Supervisor of Communications and Education Development
T: 250.360.3287 C: 250.818.1489