Newspaper is one of the Capital Region’s recycling success stories. Every resident in the region has access to newsprint recycling, using an Apartment Tote or a CRD Blue Bag, and thus, paper is banned from disposal at the Hartland landfill.
How do I go green?
The best way to reduce your paper use is by refusing it. Post a ‘no junk mail’ sign on your mailbox and switch to receiving your bills online. Read your newspaper online; share your paper with your colleagues or your neighbours; consider alternatives to tree based paper, such as hemp, cotton or rice.
Save the Sunday edition for wrapping paper and packaging material. Shredded newsprint makes an excellent garden mulch or litter box liner.
Just drop it in the CRD Blue Bag! As long as paper and non-corrugated cardboard isn’t wax or plastic lined, it can go in your curbside recycling. Have a lot? Check out the paper recycling drop off locations listed below.
Alpine Disposal & Recycling
1045 Dunford Avenue
2240 Keating Cross Road
Cascades Recovery Inc.(Formerly Metro, Commercial Only)
2800 Bridge Street
Enter at 524 David Street
Emterra Environmental / International Paper Industries (Commercial Only)
302-304 John Street
Galiano Recycling Depot
220 Sturdies Bay Road
Hartland Recycling Facility
# 1 Hartland Avenue
Mayne Island Recycling Depot
390 Campbell Bay Road
Oak Bay Municipal Depot (Oak Bay Residents Only)
1771 Elgin Road
Pender Island Recycling Depot
4400 Otter Bay Road
Port Renfrew Recycling Drop Box
reFUSE (Commercial and Residential)
2111 Government Street
Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot
349 Rainbow Road
Salt Spring Island
Saturna Island Recycling Depot
Navarez & Harris Road
The Environmental Story
Newsprint spans the gamut in terms of environmental sustainability. Some types are almost fully post consumer recycled, do not use whiteners or bleaches and instead use vegetable based inks. Check for the Forest Stewardship Council mark or the Canadian EcoLogo mark, both of which indicate the paper has met environmental standards for recycled content. Other symbols indicate chlorine free bleaching processes and low acidity, which allow the paper to last longer. The majority of North American newsprint sent to recycling facilities ends up in the post-consumer market in China and abroad, where newsprint forest resources are not as plentiful.