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Plastic Rigid Packaging (no Styrofoam)

Plastic Rigid Packaging (no Styrofoam)
Residential plastic rigid packaging can be recycled for free through the provincial Recycle BC program. In the Capital Region this is available through the curbside blue box recycling program as well as some drop off locations.

Rigid plastic packaging includes packaging from consumer goods such as toys, toothbrushes, batteries, tools and electronics, and food, such as salads and baked goods. Many of these items are bulky and will not have a traditional recycling triangle imprinted on them. If you want to know if your plastic rigid packaging can be recycled at the curb in your blue box, please check out Recycle BC's materials list

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How do I go green?

There is no better response to manufacturer’s trends toward increased plastic packaging than refusal. Just don’t buy items that employ wasteful packaging. There are almost always alternatives.

Some plastic packaging can be washed and reused to hold items like hardware, craft supplies or seeds.

All residential plastic rigid packaging (except Styrofoam) is accepted in the curbside blue box recycling program and for free at Recycle BC Depots found here

It is important to remember to separate paper or wires that may be part of the packaging before recycling; stickered labels can be left on.

Not all facilities listed below are part of the provincial program and may charge a fee for drop off. Contact facilities directly regarding size limits and charges.


  • Cascades Recovery (commercial only)

    2800 Bridge Street

  • CRD Curbside Blue Box Recycling Program


  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street

  • Esquimalt Return-It

    935 Ellery

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Mayne Island Recycling Depot

    390 Campbell Bay Road
    Mayne Island

  • Oak Bay Public Works Yard (Oak Bay residents only)

    1771 Elgin Road
    Oak Bay

  • Pender Island Waste Management Ltd

    Pender Island

  • Salt Spring Garbage and Recycling

    360 Blackburn Road
    Salt Spring Island

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    101 Harris Road
    Saturna Island

  • Sidney Return-It

    5-10025 Galaran Road

  • The Environmental Story

    Rigid plastic packaging creates far more waste than necessary for the packaging and selling of consumer goods. Like a wildfire that has spread in the wind, this packaging now encloses many common items we can buy at the hardware store, pharmacy or toy store, leaving a mountain of unnecessary plastic in its wake.