Blue Box – Cans & Cartons
NOTE: We are currently in the process of phasing out some of the recycling bags. This will take place over a number of months, so keep on using what you’ve got till it is no longer usable. Our workers will pick up whatever you put out, as long as it is recyclable items that we accept in our curbside pickup program.
In Maple Ridge, if you have a NEW Grey Box for glass, you can now use your Blue Box for Cans & Cartons. If you don’t have a Grey Box yet, you can order one online or pick one up at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot.
Place the following items in your blue box for recycling:
-milk cartons & all other cartons (aka.”gable-tops”)
-juice, soup, or drink boxes (tetra-pak style)
-ice cream cartons
-food & drink cans
-tin cans & metal lids
-aerosol cans (NO PAINT CANS – accepted at Depot)
-aluminum foil, pie plates, or tart cups
What Happens to the Cans & Cartons at the Depot?
In the past, milk cartons and drink boxes were separated from the metal cans at the depot using a magnetic conveyor belt and sent to different processors for recycling. Since 2014, container packaging is collected and processed by industry under the stewardship of Multi Materials BC.
The tin is re-melted and formed into re-bar. The aluminum is sent to mills to be made into barbecues, lawn chairs and aluminum extrusions. Recycling saves 95% of the electricity needed to produce new aluminum from raw ore!
Larger scrap metal items and paint cans (including aerosol paints) can be brought to the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot.
All pop cans and drink boxes, are recycled through the Beverage Container EPR Program, run by Encorp Pacific. Click to learn more about EPR, Extended Producer Responsibility Programs.