Printed Paper and Packaging

Island Return It will be accepting these products in small quantities from residential only.

Most products that we use on a day-to-day basis come in some sort of plastic packaging.  We are proud to have expanded our list of accepted packaging. We accept glass jars, plastic bags and styrofoam.

For a complete list of what we do and do not accept, see below. By choosing to recycle packaging, you’re contributing to cleaner oceans and less waste products in our landfill!

You can recycle your Printed Paper and Packaging at these depots only:

Island Return It Campbell River
Island Return It Duncan
Island Return It Esquimalt

Please visit Recycle BC website for the list of all accepted products.

List of accepted products


Mixed recycling section is a big one.  It is not because it is made out of plastic that it is recyclable with this program. This program accepts packaging ONLY.

Accepted Products

Aluminum container

o Aluminum cans and lids used for food
o Aluminum foil wrap and foil take-out containers, including pie plates, food trays, etc.
o Empty aluminum aerosol containers used for food, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray, foam insulation, etc.

Packaging paper Containers and cardboard

o Corrugated cardboard boxes used for shipping, grocery and liquor store boxes and pizza boxes
o Cereal, shoes, tissues, pizza, frozen entrees, desserts, detergent boxes etc.
o Cardboard packaging for cannabis product
Cardboard flats for bulk bottled water, soft drinks, cans, food, etc.
o Cores for paper towels and toilet tissue
o Egg cartons, take-out beverage trays, paper-based plant pots
o Paper bags (also called kraft paper) and envelopes
o Multi-layered paper bags for flour, sugar, etc.
o Paper cups for hot and cold beverages
o Cartons and boxes for cream, substitute eggs, broth, sauces, etc.
o Clean Frozen dessert boxes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.


o Newspapers, inserts and flyers
o Magazines and catalogues
o Telephone books and other directories
o Writing and home office paper, paper envelopes, and notepads
Paper gift wrap and greeting cards
o Shredded paper – bring it in a paper bag or small box

Plastic container

o Laundry detergent and fabric softener, cleaning solutions, cleaning products, body care products, windshield washer fluid containers, etc.
o Plastic bottles with screw caps, spray pump, or pull-up tops for food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products, pills and vitamins, laundry products, etc.
o CLEAN Plastic jars with wide mouths and screw-top lids for peanut butter, jam, nuts, condiments, vitamins and supplements, personal care products, etc.
o Plastic packaging for cannabis product
o Plastic clamshells with hinged or click-closed tops for baked goods, fruit, produce, eggs, etc.
o Plastic black-bottom trays and clear tops for deli chicken, single-serve meals, prepared foods, baked goods, housewares, and hardware such as screws or picture hangers, etc.
o Plastic tubs and lids for food such as margarine and spreads, dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.
o Plastic cold drink cups with lids for take-out beverages
o Plastic garden pots and trays for bedding plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc.
o Plastic pails less than 25L for laundry detergent, ice cream, pet food, etc.
o Clean Microwavable bowls and cups
o Empty single-use coffee and tea pods; remove coffee,  lids and do not include lids with recycling

Not accepted products

Not accepted Products – Read carefully 

X Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products
Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
X Liquid-absorbing pads, e.g., in trays of meat, poultry, fish, etc.
X Plastic wrap
X Ceramic plant pots
X Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
X Garden hoses
X Plastic string or rope
X Paper envelope with bubble wrapped inside


Accepted Products

o Clear or coloured non-deposit glass bottles and jars.

Not Accepted Products

X Drinking glasses or dishes, cookware
X Whole or broken window glass or mirrors
X Ceramic products


Accepted Products

o Bags for groceries or dry cleaning, bread, newspapers and flyers
o Bags for produce, dry bulk foods and frozen vegetables
o Outer bags and wrap for diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, tissues and soft drink can flats
o Bags for water softener salt and garden products
o Overwrap on mattresses, furniture and electronic equipment

Not Accepted Products

X Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
X Lumber or construction wrap
X Garbage bags (all colours)
X Any bag sold as a product


We do not accept hot tub covers, insulation, packaging peanuts. These items are considered landfill. 

Accept Products:

o Plastic foam containers and trays used for meat and produce
o Styrofoam egg cartons
o Styrofoam clamshells, cups and bowls for take-out food
o Styrofoam packaging to protect electronics, small appliances, etc.

Not Accepted Products

These products listed below are all considered garbage

X Liquid-absorbing pads used in trays for meat, poultry, fish, etc.
X Labels, tape, paper and cardboard on foam packaging
X Foam peanuts, packing chips, or noodles
X Blue or pink foam board insulation
X Squishy or flexible foam
X Furniture cushions


If you answer “yes” to these questions, the products will be considered Other Flexible packaging.
Does it crinkle?  hard to puncture? Is it a mesh bag? Has zipper lock?

Accepted Products

o Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries, vegetables; fresh foods like fruit. deli meat, etc.
o Zipper lock and tear-open pouches for cannabis product
o Stand-up pouches for dried fruit and nuts, quinoa, grated cheese, dish detergent pods, etc.
o Bags for potato chips, wrappers for cheese slices and candy bars, cereal bags
o Packaging for dry pasta, pre-packaged deli meats
o Net bags for avocados, onions, citrus fruit
o Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, plastic air packets
o Flexible packaging with plastic seals for fresh pasta, cheese, deli meats. Plastic seals, like those used on yogurt containers, are also accepted

List of accepted products with images: Click here 

Not Accepted Products

X Plastic-lined paper envelope
X Cellophane wrap
X Plastic strapping
X Biodegradable plastic|
X PVC/vinyl
X Garbage bags (all colours)