Recycle 2020 - Recycle it Right!

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Recycle 2020 introduces three key changes to Delta's residential recycling program.

The following sorting requirements are now in place:

  1. Combine newspaper with paper and cardboard in the Yellow Bag or Mixed Paper Bin
  2. Separate glass containers into the new Grey Box or Glass Bin
  3. Only place plastic and metal containers and paper cups and cartons in the Blue Box or Containers Bin - plastic bags and foam containers are no longer accepted (you can return them to local depots for recycling!)

These changes are required as the City of Delta has joined Recycle BC, the not-for-profit organization responsible for the majority of residential packaging and paper recycling in the province. Aligning with Recycle BC's program will help ensure that the material we collect can be recycled to its maximum potential and save us money.

New collection containers and information guides were delivered to all properties in August and September. Please contact us if you're missing any materials.

Want to learn more about Recycle 2020? Visit delta.ca/recycle.

Use this project page to:

  • Learn more about the recycling sorting changes
  • Take our Recycling Myths survey to help us target our communication material
  • Ask any questions you may have about these changes or about recycling
  • Check out our Recycle 2020 Video

Recycle 2020 introduces three key changes to Delta's residential recycling program.

The following sorting requirements are now in place:

  1. Combine newspaper with paper and cardboard in the Yellow Bag or Mixed Paper Bin
  2. Separate glass containers into the new Grey Box or Glass Bin
  3. Only place plastic and metal containers and paper cups and cartons in the Blue Box or Containers Bin - plastic bags and foam containers are no longer accepted (you can return them to local depots for recycling!)

These changes are required as the City of Delta has joined Recycle BC, the not-for-profit organization responsible for the majority of residential packaging and paper recycling in the province. Aligning with Recycle BC's program will help ensure that the material we collect can be recycled to its maximum potential and save us money.

New collection containers and information guides were delivered to all properties in August and September. Please contact us if you're missing any materials.

Want to learn more about Recycle 2020? Visit delta.ca/recycle.

Use this project page to:

  • Learn more about the recycling sorting changes
  • Take our Recycling Myths survey to help us target our communication material
  • Ask any questions you may have about these changes or about recycling
  • Check out our Recycle 2020 Video

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    Where can I recycle old kitchen knives?

    Gail Reid asked 4 days ago

    Unfortunately, old kitchen knives cannot be recycled. They are, however, accepted in curbside garbage collection but must be safely wrapped/contained and labelled “sharp object” to avoid injury for the collection crew.

    Similar to knives, when disposing of other sharp objects like broken glass, the items must be placed in a cardboard box or wrapped in newspaper and labelled "broken glass" to avoid injury.

    If the item is still in good working condition, consider donating it to a local charity. Contact the BC Recycling Hotline for local donation options: 604-732-9253 or bcrecycles.ca.

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    How do i get another gray box for recycling glass?

    Muriel asked 3 days ago

    Additional recycling materials, including Yellow Bags, Blue Boxes, and Grey Boxes, are available for pick up at no cost to residents. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, recycling materials must be ordered in advance. Call 604-952-3000 to order new recycling materials and schedule pick up from City Hall or North Delta or South Delta Recreation Centres.

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    Where can I recycle old CD cases (plastic)? Can i put them into my blue bin?

    Kristina asked 3 days ago

    Unfortunately, plastic CD cases cannot be recycled and are accepted in curbside garbage collection. If the cases are broken, sharp items can be placed in a cardboard box or wrap in newspaper to prevent injuries.

    If the item is still in good working condition, consider donating it to a local charity. Contact the BC Recycling Hotline for local donation options: 604-732-9253 or bcrecycles.ca.

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    Good morning. Can I put my food scraps for the Green Bin program into a bag made from corn starch and other plant renewable resources? Thank you

    Brance asked 16 days ago

    Plastic compostable or biodegradable products are not accepted for green waste collection. These materials do not fully break down at the industrial composting facility where we take our material and the residual plastic interrupts the composting process.

    You can also use designated paper food waste bags (e.g. Bag to Earth: bagtoearth.com), newspaper, or cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal boxes, etc.) to line to kitchen bins (both newspaper and cardboard soiled with food can be placed in the Green Can).

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    Where do we recycle a helium tank?

    Ldeeg asked 10 days ago

    This item is not accepted as part of regular curbside garbage collection. Contact the BC Recycling Hotline for local disposal options: 604-732-9253 or bcrecycles.ca

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    Hi. I lost my yellow bag and I live in Ladner. I’m just wondering if is there any chance that I can get a new one because we are just renting and the owner of the house doesn’t want to provide another one.

    Marrie asked 9 days ago

    Additional recycling materials, including Yellow Bags, Blue Boxes, and Grey Boxes, are available for pick up at no cost to residents. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, recycling materials must be ordered in advance. Call 604-952-3000 to order new recycling materials and schedule pickup from City Hall or North Delta or South Delta Recreation Centres.

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    Is it possible to get a new blue bin and new yellow bag?

    Danielle asked 16 days ago

    Recycling materials, including Yellow Bags, Blue Boxes, and Grey Boxes, are available for pickup at no cost to residents. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, recycling materials must be ordered in advance. Call 604-952-3000 to order new recycling materials and schedule pickup from City Hall or North Delta or South Delta Recreation Centres.

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    Where do you recycle large outdated university books?

    Mother asked 17 days ago

    Hard and soft cover books are not accepted for recycling. If books are in good condition, consider donating them. Call the BC Recycling Hotline for local donation options: 604-732-9253.

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    Where can I recycle, pesticide containers?

    Lavine asked 12 days ago

    Gasoline, flammable liquids, and pesticides can be dropped off for free as part of Product Care's Paint PLUS ‘Take-Back’ recycling program. Flammable liquids must have the flammable symbol on their container, and pesticides must have both the poisonous (skull & cross bones) symbol and Pest Control Product (PCP) number. Visit productcare.org for program details, including a full list of accepted items and drop-off locations.

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    How do I get a gray bin?

    Karm asked 8 days ago

    Recycling materials, including Yellow Bags, Blue Boxes, and Grey Boxes, are available for pick up at no cost to residents. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, recycling materials must be ordered in advance. Call 604-952-3000 to order new recycling materials and schedule pickup from City Hall or North Delta or South Delta Recreation Centres.