Red Box – Plastic Packaging – Containers & Soft Plastic (bags & film)
Please clean & rinse everything first!
-plastic bags & plastic wrap – please place all soft plastic bags & wrap into a plastic grocery bag before putting it in the red box to make it easier for our sorters to pull out!
-milk jugs & lids
-plastic containers & bottles
-plastic packaging – for a complete list, visit Recycle BC’s website
Please do not include non-packaging plastics, or containers that held toxic materials in your red box. Please note that oil containers and filters and antifreeze containers can be recycled in our oils yard and we also accept styrofoam at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot.
Why is it Important to Recycle Plastic?
What Happens to the Plastic Bags & Containers?
In the past, plastics were sorted into the type of plastic they are made from, 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). Since 2014, all plastic packaging is collected and processed by industry under the stewardship of Recycle BC (previously Multi Materials BC).
Want to Know More?
“What do the Numbers on Plastics Mean?”
The numbers on plastics refer to the type of plastic it is. #1,2,4,&5 are the easiest ones to recycle as they are higher grades 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.