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Glass can easily break during collection. When broken glass mixes with paper and other containers, it becomes difficult to properly sort, and therefore recycle, these materials. Delivering glass to depots helps ensure that more of it—and more of the other material—is recycled.
When plastic film, or plastic bags and overwrap, is collected with other materials, pieces of the other recyclables—printed papers, paper packaging and aluminum, steel, and rigid plastic containers —mix with the plastic film. Once these materials are mixed together, it is difficult to completely separate the other recyclables from the plastic film to meet the standards of North American recycling markets. Plastic film that cannot meet market quality requirements is either used as fuel, directed to disposal, or shipped to Asia for sorting with local disposal of the sorted residue. Visit recyclinginbc.ca for more information.