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Residential Recycling Cart

Are You Wondering if Your Recycling is Really Being Recycled?

Steve Arstad, Reporter for Infotel News Ltd 2019, has written the following article titled 'Why we can keep worry-free recycling in the Thompson-Okanagan'. It provides details on how the Recycle BC program works and where they send the materials collected for recycling.

Recently, there has been lots of misinformation regarding what happens to curbside recycling material. Is it actually being recycled? YES IT IS. For more information regarding how your recycling is processed and recycled, please click on the links below.

All recyclable material must be clean and dry before placing in cart.

Accepted Material:

  • Newspapers and newspaper inserts;
  • Mixed paper;
  • Shredded paper (put in a paper bag or cardboard box and place inside recycle cart);
  • Boxboard and cardboard; 
  • Corrugated cardboard;
  • Paper containers for liquids;
  • Aluminum foil and cans, metal tins and cans;
  • Plastic bottles, jugs, jars and cups;
  • Plastic tubs, trays, and clamshells; and 
  • Aerosol cans and caps.

Materials Not Accepted:

  • Plastic bags (recycle at Summerland Landfill Recycle Depot);
  • Glass (recycle at Summerland Landfill Recycle Depot);
  • Paper towel or tissues;
  • Hardcover or paperback books (donate);
  • Loose shredded paper;
  • Foil-lined bags (e.g. chips);
  • Waxed cardboard boxes;
  • Styrofoam (recycle at Summerland Landfill Recycle Depot);
  • Coat Hangers, pots, pans;
  • Refundable beverage bottles or jugs (take to Bottle Depot for refund);
  • Packaging labelled 'biodegradable' or 'compostable'; and
  • Spray paint cans, propane cylinders, or automotive products (recycle at Summerland Landfill Recycle Depot). 

Want Help Recycling?

It can be hard to know what recyclables belong in your curbside recycle cart and what belongs at the landfill. Download the District's Recycle Cards to help you sort your recycling at home, including what is acceptable and unacceptable in your curbside recycling cart.


Watch the Video Below to Learn More About Curbside Recycling!

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Curbside Collection Recycling Guidelines:

  • Recycling carts are available in 120L, 240L (base size), and 360L sizes. Visit the Cart Change Out page to learn more about changing your cart size.
  • Recyclable material is collected bi-weekly on your scheduled collection day.
  • Please ensure your carts are out by 7:00am, and your carts are properly placed.
  • Place recyclables directly in to your cart. Do not place in any bags and ensure it is loose, not tightly packed, to prevent material from getting stuck when tipped into collection trucks.
  • Put shredded paper in a paper bag or cardboard box and place inside your recycling cart.
  • Ensure only curbside recyclable material is placed in your recycling cart. Materials like glass, styrofoam, soft plastics, batteries and more to be recycled at the Landfill Recycling Depot.
  • Remove lids from containers and place in recycling carts.
  • Flatten and cut cardboard to ensure material can easily be collected, only cardboard contained inside the cart will be collected.

What Happens if I don't Recycle Properly?

If the material from a contaminated blue recycling cart is mixed into clean recyclable material in a collection truck, it could cause all recyclable material in the truck to become contaminated and not acceptable for recycling.This can cause once recyclable material to end up as garbage in landfills. Further, the District can receive fines for contamination in recycling material from RecycleBC.

A Reminder About Plastic Bags in Curbside Recycling

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For more information on what can, and where to recycle visit the Landfill Recycle Depot page by clicking here.

The District of Summerland is reminding citizens to be wildlife smart. Click here to learn more about wildlife attractants and how to avoid enticing wildlife.