Blue Box – Cans & Cartons
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
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 Recycle BC (previously known as 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.