Curbside Glass Collection to Continue

Apr 14, 2016

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board confirmed that the collection of glass containers, as part of the CRD curbside blue box program, will continue until at least the current collection contracts expire on April 30, 2019.  The CRD will continue to educate the public about the separation of glass for curbside collection and work in partnership with industry to communicate the benefits of returning deposit glass to depots.

The CRD has collected glass containers as part of its residential curbside blue box program since it began in 1988. Continuing to provide curbside glass collection maintains existing levels of service, ensures that some 1,600 tonnes of glass containers will continue to be recycled annually, meets the CRD’s current contractual obligations and provides an opportunity to monitor and evaluate the potential environmental, social and economic implications of curbside collection of glass.

The CRD is presently under a four-year contract with Multi-Material BC (MMBC) to provide packaging and printed paper (blue box) collection service, including glass containers. A four-year contract is also in place with Emterra Environmental to provide curbside collection services as a contractor to the CRD, using a three-stream materials collection process.

In order to prevent broken glass from contaminating and devaluing other recyclables, residents are reminded to place glass in a separate labeled container for curbside collection.

Staff will gathering public feedback on curbside recycling collection and prepare a report to the CRD Board in early 2018 to provide adequate time to seek direction regarding the CRD’s future involvement in packaging and printed paper (PPP) curbside collection once the current contracts expire.

For more information, please visit https://www.crd.bc.ca/service/waste-recycling/reduce-reuse-recycle/blue-box-program.

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492