mixed paper, magazines,
Paper is one of the Capital Region’s recycling success stories. Every resident in the region has access to paper recycling, using an Apartment Tote or a CRD Blue Bag, and thus, paper is banned from disposal at 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 in your mailbox; switch to receiving your bills online; use cloth napkins, handkerchiefs and rags, not their paper versions; use reusable lunch bags and recycled paper for printing. Printing draft? Use the back side of a sheet already printed. Read your paper online; share the program when at a theatre show; instead of post-its, use a chalkboard or white board for leaving notes; consider alternatives to tree based paper, such as hemp, cotton or rice.
Many libraries cut up printed paper for reuse as note paper beside computers—you can do the same at home. Save wrapping paper for a second or third use. Shredded paper makes an excellent garden mulch.
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.
The best way to deal with shredded paper in the curbside recycling program is to put it in paper bags, staple the top closed and place the paper bags in your CRD Blue Bag. When you go to the grocery store, if you are not using cloth bags, ask for your groceries in paper bags to get a supply for shredded paper. You may also use paper cereal boxes or other paper packaging. Please do not put shredded paper out in plastic bags.
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 (at Galiano Freight Yard)
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
Pacific Mobile Depots
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
Paper spans the gamut in terms of environmental sustainability. Some types are almost fully post consumer recycled, use no whiteners or bleaches and keep trees happy. Others, like bright white, high end laser printer paper, can use harmful bleaching processes and old growth trees to make each sheet. 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. Always read the label before you buy paper—a little investigation can save a whole forest of trees.
Questions? Call the CRD Hotline.
We can answer your questions on the Hartland landfill, composting, household hazardous waste, recycling and more!
toll-free: 1.800.663.4425 #3030
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