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 freezer

    Mercy asked 8 days ago

    Freezers, refrigerators, and other appliances with refrigerant can be dropped off for free recycling at the Vancouver Landfill Recycle Depot at 5400 72 St (maximum 3 items per day per vehicle).

    Search for disposal options for over 1,500 items on Delta's Recycling App - you can download it to your device or use it directly on our website: delta.ca/recycle.

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    Can we recycle an on going large volume of kitchen glasses and ceramic coffee mugs ?

    Concerned asked 8 days ago

    Unfortunately, ceramics and kitchen glasses cannot be recycled. If the glasses and mugs are still in good working condition, consider donating them to a local charity. You can contact the Recycling Hotline (604-732-9253) for local donation options. Otherwise, you can place broken glassware and ceramics in a cardboard box or wrap in newspaper, label the package “BROKEN GLASS” to avoid injuries, and discard in your garbage collection.

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    We’re can I drop off 5 litres of cooking oil?

    Shir asked 10 days ago

    Thank you for your question about the proper disposal of cooking oil (fats, oil, and grease are all harmful to our sewer system and should never be dumped down the sink!). 

    Used cooking oil can be brought to designated recycling depots in sealed containers. The depot that accepts cooking oil, fats, and grease in Delta is the Vancouver Landfill Recycling Depot (5400 72 St, 604-873-7000) - they accept up to 10 L of cooking oil per drop-off at no cost. 

    A full list of recycling depots that accept oil and grease can be found on Metro Vancouver' s website: http://www.metrovancouver.org/grease.


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    Where can I recycle 07 plastic

    asked 11 days ago

    You no longer need to refer to the number on the bottom of plastic items to determine whether they're accepted for recycling (recycling numbers on the bottom of plastic items are used to identify the type of plastic resin used to make that item - they do not mean the item can be recycled).

    In general, most packaging and paper products can now be collected curbside or taken to depots for recycling. You can view the full list of accepted packaging materials for more information about all items accepted for recycling.

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    Where are the paper towels and tissues, if not the yellow bag, then where? If it's the blue bags, then that needs to be stated clearly as it is not at present. There are mixed messages here. Under "Yellow Bags" it is stated "no more blue bags" but under "Recycling" it says "blue bags can continue to be used for paper recycling. Please straighten this out.

    rpelland asked 13 days ago

    Paper towels and tissues are not accepted for recycling. Please note, this is not a new change to our program; these materials were never an accepted item in the Yellow Bag. Food-soiled paper towels and napkins can be placed in your Green Can along with food waste and yard trimmings material. Tissues and paper towels used for cleaning, blowing your nose, etc., however, are considered hygiene items and should be placed in the garbage.

    'No more Blue Bags' means newspapers and flyers no longer need to be separated from other paper recycling. Newspapers and flyers are now collected together with mixed paper and cardboard in the recycling trucks so all paper material can placed in the same bag.

    Delta did deliver new, larger Yellow Bags to all properties for all paper materials. Residents can, however, continue to use existing Yellow or Blue Bags for paper recycling if they need more space. Collection crews will empty Yellow and Blue bags into the same compartment of the collection vehicle. 

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    How do I recycle large coffee tins

    Elke asked 13 days ago

    Large coffee tins are accepted for recycling in the Blue Box or Containers Bin. You can view the full list of accepted packaging materials for more information about all items accepted for recycling. 

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    how do you recycle styrofoam?

    Dapinbc asked 16 days ago

    Styrofoam packaging can be taken back to local recycling depots for recycling. For more information and for a list of local recycling depots in Delta, visit delta.ca/recycle and click on either 'curbside recycling' or 'shared recycling'. 

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    How do I recycle large pieces of plastic. I.e. shower curtains ?

    Marlene asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for your question, Marlene. Large pieces of plastic as well as non-packaging plastic items (such as shower curtains, plastic furniture, storage containers, non-electrical plastic toys, CD cases, tupperware, etc.) are not included in a provincial recycling program at this time. This means there are no free drop-off recycling options for them. Some items may be accepted by local private plastic recyclers. You can contact the BC Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253 for more information. 

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    Is there a fast way to leave material for recycling at a recycling depot?

    Tajjeb asked 21 days ago

    ENCORP recycling depots, which include the Ladner Bottle Depot, Tsawwassen Return-It Centre, and Scott Road Bottle Depot, have a new Return-It Express program for deposit beverage containers. You no longer need to spend time counting and sorting your containers - just bag them and drop them off at an Express Depot. They'll do the rest! Visit ENCORP's website for more information. 

    If you're wondering about tips for other recycling material, be sure to sort your items at home so you can easily and quickly drop them off in the designated areas at the depots. Collect your plastic bags and overwrap separately from other flexible plastic packaging and foam containers as they are all collected separately. You can view the full list of accepted packaging materials for more information about how to sort your items. 



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    Can I leave my large sheets of glass from shelving by my recycle bin (grey bin) and will the garbage persons take it? I am in North Delta.

    Louise asked 21 days ago

    Only glass bottles and jars are accepted in the Glass Box for recycling. Other types of glass, including glass shelving, mirrors, windows, dishes, drinking glasses, storage containers, and ceramics, are not accepted. These items are made from different types of glass than what is used to manufacture bottles and jars, and interfere with the glass recycling process. 

    Large sheets of glass are also not accepted for garbage collection. They pose safety risks for collection crews. If you're not able to reuse or donate your shelves, you can take them for disposal to the Vancouver Landfill (regular garbage disposal rates will apply).