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Regional district adds 'flexible plastic packaging' to recycling program

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March 11, 2019 - 6:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - Thompson-Nicola Regional District Eco-Depots and transfer stations have a new category of recycling.

'Other Flexible Plastic Packaging' includes items such as stand-up pouches, crinkly chip bags, and net bags for produce, according to a regional district media release.

But don't leave it out on your curb. This material is accepted at depots only, not curbside or multi-family recycling. 

These plastics are some of the fastest growing types on the market and the largest category that was previously not collected, the regional district says.

The regional district wants to see residents reduce the waste in their garbage bags to achieve greater diversion and waste reduction targets.

Some of the newly accepted plastics include:

  • Crinkly Wrappers and Bags (i.e. chip bags, pasta bags, cereal bags, coffee bags, snack and granola bar wrappers;
  • Zipper Lock and Standup Pouches (i.e. flexible soap refills, frozen fruit and vegetable bags, zippered produce bags);
  • Non-food Protective packaging (i.e. bubble wrap, bubble mailers);
  • Flexible packaging with plastic seal (i.e. pre-sliced meat and cheese packages); and
  • Woven Plastic bags (i.e onion and avocado bags).

Go here for a full list.

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