Tips of the Month

Tip of the Month - October 2014: Green Halloween

It can be easy to green your Halloween - these tips are a great place to start. 

For full tip: Green Halloween (pdf) 

Tip of the Month - September 2014: School Supplies

Back to school season has students imaging the potential of a new year – but often not the potential for waste. The ritual of back to school shopping often results in materials left unused or sent to the waste stream.  Here are a few tips to help you save money, reduce clutter, and get the most out of school supplies! 

For full tip: September 2014 Tip (pdf) 

BONUS TIP: A Short Guide to Zero Waste Life for Post-Secondary Students

We know what you’re thinking – back to school, finally! Whether you’re just getting started, or in the middle of the journey, we’ve got some tips for you on how to reduce waste now, throughout your school year and the rest of your student career. Recurring themes will emerge: it can  save you money and reduce clutter (which equals more money for the weekends and less cleaning)! 

For full tip: ZW Life for Post-Secondary Students (pdf)

Hungry for more waste reduction tips? Check out our previous tips of the month below. 

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January Tip: Lighting Efficieny Standards

As of January 1, 2011, the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources will be applying new lighting efficiency standards, under B.C.'s Energy Efficiency Act. The new standards will affect the sales of modified spectrum lamps and screw based incandescent lights.

For full tip:   January 2011 Tip (pdf)

February Tip: The Bluebox Series Part 1 - Newsprint

Every wonder what happens to recyclables once you place them at curb or take them to your local recycling depot? In this series, RCBC will examine where and how newsprint, cardboard, metal cans, glass containers, rigid plastics and plastic bags are recycled. This month RCBC looks at newsprint. 

For full tip: February 2011 Tip (pdf)

March Tip: The Blue Box Series - Cardboard

Cardboard is paper-based product that comes in one of two forms: corrugated fiberboard or paperboard. Corrugated fiberboard consists of a fluted (grooved) piece in between two flat paper liners. Paperboard is a flat material used for hardcover books and folding cartons. The sturdiness of cardboard makes it ideal for packaging and transporting goods. 

For full tip: March 2011 Tip (pdf)

April Tip: The Blue Box Series - Metal

Metal cans found on the shelves of your local grocer are commonly used to package perishable food items and are either made of bauxite, an aluminum ore, or tin. Tin cans are not 100% tin. They are actually steel cans that have been tin-plated. Metal cans are a valuable commodity and can be easily recycled. Even after the costs of collection and processing, recyclers can make a profit from recycling metal cans. For example aluminum is six to twenty times more valuable than any other packaging material.

For full tip: April 2011 (pdf)

May Tip: The Blue Box Series - Glass Containers

Glass containers are an inert, non-toxic material made of silica sand, soda ash and limestone. They can come in different shades of colour, like flint (clear), amber, green or light blue. Different coloured glass has different chemical compositions and melting points. Glass containers are not harmful once they enter the environment however they take up valuable landfill space and are 100% recyclable.

For full tip: May 2011 (pdf)

June Tip: The Blue Box Series - Plastic Containers

Plastic containers are a petroleum-based material that are used to package goods. Most plastic containers have a resin code, generally found at the bottom of the container. These codes were introduced in 1988 to help recyclers identify the different types of plastics in the waste stream. See the table on the next page for information on the different types of plastics.

For full tip: June 2011 (pdf)

July Tip: The Blue Box Series - Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are made from either high density polyethylene (HDPE, #2) or low density polyethylene (LDPE, #4). LDPE is a thick glossy plastic generally used by retail outlets and HDPE is a thin lightweight plastic generally used by grocery stores.

For full tip: July 2011 (pdf)

August Tip: BC's New Recycling Programs

Ever wonder what to do with used antifreeze, antifreeze containers or work out bike tires?   This summer, all three were included in province-wide recycling programs

For full tip: August 2011 (pdf)

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September Tip: Tire Recycling Program

Ever wonder what happens to your old tires once they are diverted for recycling? This fact sheet helps make sense of where and how they are recycled and what could be done with them in the future.

For full tip: September 2011 (pdf)

November Tip: Alarm Recycle and Unplugged Recycling Programs

Holding onto your old microwave or space heater in hopes of recycling it? Had to replace your broken smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) detector but didn’t want to trash it? On October 1, 2011, small appliances as well as smoke and CO detectors were added to province‐wide recycling programs.

For full tip: November 2011 (pdf)

December Tip: Free Holiday Guides

This holiday season, the Recycling Council of British Columbia has free guides available online which cover topics, such as Christmas light recycling, tree chipping events, landfill holiday closures and green holiday dinners. All the guides are available to you on the RCBC website at

For full tip: December 2011 (pdf)

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