Packaging and labeling Tag

It's official! Our Campbell River, Duncan, Esquimalt and Sidney locations are now a part of the new MMBC program! Island Return It Recycling Centres can now accept Styrofoam products for responsible disposal, (all depots with the exception of Salt Spring Island that is). This change has been brought about the new MMBC (Multi-Material British Columbia) program, which is a non-profit organization that holds manufacturers and distributors responsible for the disposal management of packaging and printed paper (PPP), similar to the program for recycling beverage containers or light bulbs. The Styrofoam aspect of this new program covers all the most widely used consumer products such as: 1- Foam Drink Cups 2- White & Coloured Meat Trays 3- Foam Packaging for Computers, Electronics & Appliances 4- Egg Cartons 5- Take Out Containers Products We Cannot Accept: - Packing Peanuts - Pool Noodles (Yes. This is tragic with summer just around the corner but don't worry, we've found some awesome ideas for re-purposing...

Have you ever had an experience like this: You arrive at your local Island Return It Recycling Centre with a load of empty bottles and cans to recycle. Once you've sorted them, you bring them up to the counter where a staff member counts them and tallies up your refund. Except, first she pulls a few cans out and explains that while she can recycle them, there is no deposit on them to refund. You most likely felt confused and bewildered.  In this blog post, I would like to explain why some cans have deposits and some do not. It's not a matter of international borders (we don't discriminate), it has nothing to do with individual bottle depots or recycling centres and it most certainly is not a preferential thing either. However please keep in mind: this information applies only to B.C. recycling centres. It's much simpler than that. Whether or not you get...

We get it, recycling can be messy and sticky and even stinky so we would like to offer you a few suggestions to help make your trip to Island Return It Recycling Centre as simple as possible. Make It A Habit When you do the dishes at after dinner, make it a habit to use the rinse water to rinse out empty bottles and cans. Do them all together as you do other chores so that it doesn't feel as though you're always rinsing out the recycling. A book called "Psycho-Cybernetics" first published in the 1970s suggests that if you repeat an action regularly for 21 days it will become a habit. While there is no clinical evidence based on controlled experiments to support this theory it has been repeated often enough that we feel obligated to mention it. Habit, I suppose. A Dedicated Space [caption id="attachment_189" align="alignright" width="225"] image credit: limelightinteriors.blogspot.com[/caption] Find a spot in...

Upon first glance it doesn’t make any sense does it? We never take your money, in fact we are usually giving out refunds for empty beverage containers. We sell cases of wine and beer bottles for less than the cost of a bottle of wine and we save huge bags of empty egg cartons and give those to local chicken farmers for a $1 a bag. Never mind the thousands of dollars we donate to community organizations, charities and local sports teams every year. How are we still in business? I’m so glad you asked! It works like this: Our depots are funded by product stewardships. A stewardship is an environmental management strategy that operates under the principal that whomever is creating, producing, selling or using a product should be responsible for minimizing that product’s impact on the environment. This is usually manufacturers and producers (i.e. Pepsi and Coca-Cola) or Consumers (this...