Recycling Information

Recycle BC Regulation Change Requirements for Curbside Collection

- Effective July 1, 2020. 

Under new Recycle BC Regulations that will take effect as of July 1st, 2020, the District of Barriere curbside collection service will no longer be permitted to accept recycling material in single-use bags (i.e. Blue Bags) that is placed curbside for municipal collection.  As of July 1st, all recycling material must be collected from a reusable container or tote. Therefore, starting the beginning of June and during its first few weeks, the District will be distributing a compliant tote with a lid, at no cost, to each residence.  The totes are clear and are marked with a logo. They will also be marked with your house number.

In order to make this required change as convenient as possible for our residents, there will be no change to the collection schedule.  Regular garbage will continue to be collected on your normally scheduled day of the week and the two eligible recycling streams (paper/boxboard and Containers) will continue to be collected that day on the alternating week schedule currently in place.  Residents can continue on using whatever sorting method they are using inside their home if it is convenient. The only change will be that instead of tying up the scheduled material stream in a blue bag and putting it curbside, residents will be emptying the bag (or whatever they are currently using to sort/store before collection day) into the clear tote provided and placing that curbside. 

A lid is included with the clear collection tote so that rain does not soak the material as soaking wet paper and boxboard is not compliant with Recycle BC regulations. Using the lid will also help prevent any material that wants to hitch a ride with a friendly gust of wind and go for a leisurely stroll down the street.  The material should be loose inside the tote and will be emptied, loose, into the District’s collection vehicle. As with the current policy, if the collector notices non-compliant material in the tote, the tote will be tagged and the material will not be collected.

When residents receive their clear recycling tote, they may begin using it right away. After July 1st, use of the totes will be required.  Any resident who has not received a tote by the last week of June, 2020, is asked to please contact the District office.  Additional totes or replacement totes will be available for a fee.

Residents living in the apartment complex will be contacted separately with information on how this regulation change will affect their recycling collection.  

For more information, residents can contact the District Office (250) 672-9751, or email: tbuchanan@barriere.ca .

FAQ:

  • Q: “There’s 2 categories but only one tote. Shouldn’t we have 2 totes?”

A:  Residents can continue with whatever method they are using now to separate the 2 categories inside the home. Many are using bags as multiple totes take up a lot of room. If a resident is using two hanging bags to sort, for example, they can continue to do so and simply empty the bag into the clear tote on collection day and rehang the bag for re-use.  However, if a resident wishes to have 2 totes, there are some available for purchase at the District office. 

  • Q: “Do I have to use the tote provided by the District or can I use something else?”

A:  The tote provided is clear and an approved size for curbside collection, so it is necessary to use that tote. If residents wish to use an additional container, it will need to be clear, an approved size and display the recycling logo/sticker which can be purchased at the District Office.  Other specifications may also be required so residents wishing to use an additional container will need to contact the District office.

  • Q: “Can’t I just put my blue bag out curbside and the collector just empty it into the collection vehicle?”

A: Unfortunately, no. Recycle BC regulations do no permit that arrangement.

  • Q: “What am I supposed to do with the blue bags that I have already purchased?”

A: Blue bags can continue to be used for recycling material until the last collection day in June. As of July 1st, 2020, recycling must be placed for collection inside the tote provided. However, after that date, blue bags can be used for non-recyclables disposal such as household garbage or yard waste. 

  • Q: “Is there any change to what materials are and are not allowed to be collected curbside?”

A:  Nope. All that stuff is staying the same. The only thing that is different is that the recycling material will be inside the new tote, instead of a blue bag.

As mentioned above, the pick up schedule for each of the two recycling categories will continue to alternate
from week to week. Please see the schedule below to determine
what category will be collected from your home on your next scheduled garbage collection day:  


This insert card was included in your July 2019 Utility Bill Statement and the new card beginning July 1, 2020 will be included in your 2020 Property Tax Notice mailout. 

If you require an additional hard copy, these inserts are
available at the District Office. A clearer PDF version of the above insert can be found by clicking here. 

The Recycling Program gives residents of Barriere the opportunity to do their part in:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Pollution Reduction, and
  • Overall Waste Management

For those who wish to take their recyclables the Louis Creek Eco Depot on Agate Bay Rd., receptacles are available for residents to drop off their recyclables.

One of them is for glass, one for containers (metal, tin, cartons, plastic containers, etc.), one for paper products (cereal boxes, household paper, newspaper, etc.),
one for
Styrofoam and one for corrugated cardboard.  This location also takes hazardous waste materials and electronics. 
Please visit www.tnrd.ca if you would like to clarify if the item you would like to dispose of is recyclable and/or is accepted at the facility. 

Alternatively, download the free "My Waste" App for either Apple or Android devices: 

The Eco-Depot accepts recyclables at no charge (including small appliances, etc), and waste refuse on a weight-based system.  
Credit, debit and eco-card payments available (no cash).
Hours of operation:
Winter: Tues-Sat 8am - 4pm
Summer: Tues- Sun 8am - 4pm

Your new clear recycling tote will be delivered to your door (residential properties) sometime in early to mid-June 2020.  

Just a reminder: Composters are available for sale at the Louis Creek Eco Depot for $25.

We are now recycling household batteries.
Transport Canada requires that batteries be wrapped with elastic bands (so that the ends can not touch one another) and placed in plastic bags (i.e. ziplock bag).  You can bring these properly packaged, used batteries for recycling at no charge, to the District Office.  Some bags are available at the District office if needed.