Sorting Film Plastic
Film Plastic, also called soft plastic, are NOT accepted in curbside recycling in the CVRD as they often become tangled in sorting machinery. Film Plastic items can be brought to CVRD Recycling Centres for recycling as well as other recycling locations in the region. The Plastic Bag and Overwrap and Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Recyclopedia pages contain a full list of drop-off depots in the region. Always make sure all items are clean, dry and free from stickers and receipts.
There are two streams for recycling film plastic at Bings Creek and Peerless Road Recycling Centres: 1) Film Plastic & Overwrap, and 2) Other Flexible Plastic Packaging. What's the difference?
1. Plastic Bags & Overwrap includes plastic shopping bags, bread bags, frozen vegetable bags, overwrap for soft drink and water cases and overwrap for toilet paper and personal hygiene products. Plastic bags and overwrap are not crinkly and are a bit stretchy. You can generally stretch and stick your thumb through this type of material. Plastic bags and overwrap are made up of a single plastic material type which makes it easy for the plastic to be recovered and made into new products. These materials are collected and recycled under the Recycle BC stewardship program.
Film plastics in both categories are NOT accepted in curbside recycling totes in the CVRD as they often become tangled in sorting machinery. They can be brought to CVRD Recycling Centres and other depots in the region. Make sure all items are clean, dry and free from stickers and receipts.
2. Other Flexible Plastic Packaging includes all other film plastics that are not plastic bags and overwrap. Items include stand-up and zipper lock pouches, crinkly bags for potato chips and snack bar wrappers, crinkly flower wrap, woven and netted produce bags and non-food protective packaging like shipping envelopes and bubble wrap. These materials are also sometimes termed multi-laminate film plastics because, unlike plastic bags and overwrap, these film plastics materials are made up of layers of different types of plastics and sometimes foil or paper. These materials are not stretchy, sometimes have a foil lining, sometimes sealed for freshness and are crinkly, not soft, when squished. These items are collected under the Recycle BC stewardship program as part of a research and development program exploring ways to effectively recover and reuse the plastic.