Did you know: The typical household garbage can contains 5% metal, 6% glass, 7% plastic, 32% paper and 32% yard and kitchen waste, most of which can be recycled and/or composted. The other 18% consists of items that need to be taken to the landfill.
The third step in the waste hierarchy, recycling, is an integral part of waste reduction. Recycling is a very broad term referring to the conversion of waste into a useful material (resource with an economic value). Materials to be recycled are either brought to a collection center or picked up from the curbside, then sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed into new materials bound for manufacturing.
What Happens to Recycled Materials?
Wondering if a certain item can be recycled? Call the Environmental Services Department at 250-692-3195 or check out RCBC's Recyclepedia.