Hard Plastics

Products accepted under this category:

  • plastic containers from yogurt*, margarine*, liquid soap bottles*, milk jugs*, plant pots*, take-out clam shells*, ketchup bottles*, pill/vitamin/supplement bottles*
  • water bottles*
  • clean plastic lids (e.g. disposable coffee cup lids*)

*These products are also accepted in your curbside bins

NOT accepted under this category:

  • PVC and vinyl (e.g. shower curtains, medical gloves)
  • Plastic hangers with metal on them
  • Potato chip bags, granola wrappers
  • Automobile plastic (e.g. bumpers)
  • Styrofoam (accepted separately at CVRD Recycling Centres)

Click on the map pins to learn more about facilities that accept these products.

Want to go green?


Purchase products like metal or glass food containers that will not deteriorate or break as easily. Hand wash and reuse plastic drink cups. 


Reuse products until the end of their usable life. Sell or give away products in working condition to friends or family. When buying, look for individuals selling in your community.


Only the hard plastic items listed here are accepted in curbside recycling. These items have one thing in common: they are all 'packaging'.

Hard plastic 'products' are not accepted in curbside recycling (ex. tupperware, lawn chairs, plastic totes), but if they are stamped with a  #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 symbol, they are accepted at CVRD Recycling Centres. Learn more about items accepted at recycling centres here.

Ensure all items are clean and dry.

To learn more about the difference between 'packaging' and 'products' visit the Recycle BC website.