London Drugs stores in BC are now accepting Other Flexible Plastic Packaging (separately from soft plastics recycling) as part of RecycleBC’s new take back program. More and more packaging of this type is in our shopping cart and cupboards. Now you can keep it out of landfill and help RecycleBC determine how it can ultimately best be recycled.
Here’s what you need to know when you drop by your local BC London Drugs store with your recycling:
1. What is ‘Other Flexible Plastic Packaging’?
This program covers a LOT of bag and package types. The basics accepted types are:
- Stand up and zipper lock pouches
- Crinkly wrappers and bags, including chip bags, bar and candy wrappers
- Flexible packaging with plastic seal
- Woven net and plastic bags
- Non food protective packaging
See a more complete list below, or go to RecycleBC for more info
- NO soft, stretchy plastic bags such as bread bags and shopping bags. These go in the Soft Plastics bin.
- NO Plastic squeeze tubes
- NO Plastic-lined paper (or paper-lined plastic!)
- NO biodegradable or oxo plastics
- NO PVC or vinyl
- NO 6-pack rings
- NO Plastic strapping or squishy foam
3. Why so picky about what’s accepted?
To help develop recycling processes, it really helps to have as pure a stream as possible of the right materials. Non-accepted items can make it difficult to identify recyclable plastics, and may even clog up machinery.
4. What happens to the material collected?
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging collected will be used for research and development at Merlin Plastics in Delta, BC. They will run tests to help develop a viable process for recycling this varied material. What cannot be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel, used in commercial operations such as concrete plants.
5. What is ‘Engineered Fuel’?
Engineered fuel is an energy product engineered to exact specifications be a direct replacement for traditional non-renewable resources. It can decrease the need for fossil fuels such as coal. But plastic is made from oil, so greenhouse gasses are still emitted when the fuel is combusted.
RecycleBC’s goal is to Increase the materials recycled and decrease the amount produced into engineered fuel as the technology is refined.
So gather up those Other Flexible Plastics and bring them down to your Local BC London Drugs store. It’s one more step we can take to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.
The Great Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Take-Back List (BC Only)
Here’s a more detailed list of Other Flexible Plastic Examples. If you like, you can print off a PDF for handy reference on recycling day.Flexible-Packaging-Take-Back-List
Stand up and zipper lock pouches
- Bags for Sugars, oatmeals, grated cheese, coffee and pouches with a zipper lock
- Deli meat and cheese bags
- Baby food pouches (leave the cap on)
- soap refill pouches (leave the cap on)
- Plastic pet food bags
Crinkly wrappers and bags
- Crinkly bags
- Candy bags
- Chocolate and candy or energy bar wrappers
- Dried food and pasta bags
- Wet wipe bags (including with hard plastic dispenser)
- Cookie bags
- Foil gift wrap (the plastic kind, not metallic ink on paper)
- Cheese slice bags (please wash them off!)
Flexible packaging with plastic seal
- Vacuum seal packaging (please clean out any meat packaging)
- flexible packaging with plastic seal (Fresh pasta)
- Flexible lid with rigid base packages (bologna and some deli meats)
- Woven and net plastic bags (plastic weave, not burlap)
Non food protective packaging
- Plastic shipping envelopes
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic air packets (e-commerce)
- Plastic bags with non 2-3-4 resin code
- Shrink wraps on meats (wash them off please!)