Pink (Plastics) Bag
The following items can be put in the Pink (Plastics) Bag for curbside collection. Please clean & rinse everything before putting it in the recycling bag! Please do not include styrofoam, plastics labeled #3, #6, #7, or containers that held toxic materials in your curbside plastics bag. Please note that oil containers and filters and antifreeze containers can be recycled in our oils yard and we also accept styrofoam for a $2 drop-off fee at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot.
-plastic bags & clean saran wrap
-milk jugs & lids
-plastic drink containers & water bottles
What Happens to the Plastic Bags & Containers at the Depot?
Plastics are sorted into the type of plastic they are made from (#1,2,4,or 5), then baled & sold to Merlin Plastics on Annacis Island to be recycled into pellets for the manufacture of non-food bearing products (bags, bottles, blue boxes, piping).
All plastic beverage containers and milk jugs are recycled through the Beverage Container EPR Program and the Milk Container EPR Program, both run by Encorp Pacific. Click to learn more about EPR, Extended Producer Responsibility Programs.
What do the Numbers on Plastics Mean?
The numbers on plastics refer to the type of plastic it is. We accept #1,2,4,&5 because they are easier to recycle and there is more of a market for these types of plastics.
#1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET/PETE):
Includes products such as soft drink bottles and peanut butter jars. Recycled into pullover sweatshirts, pillow stuffing, carpeting, binders and T-shirts.
#2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPT):
Includes products such as milk and juice jugs, shampoo and bleach bottles. Recycled into playground equipment, blue boxes and oil bottles.
#4 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPT):
Includes such products as bread bags, grocery bags and six-pack rings. Recycled into plastic lumber, compost bins, shopping and garbage bags.
#5 - Polypropylene (PP):
Includes products such as syrup and ketchup bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs. Recycled into plastic scrapers, automotive battery cases and parts, measuring cups.