Welcome to the Recycling Council of British Columbia!

The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) is Canada’s longest-serving recycling council established in 1974. As a registered charitable organization, our goal is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge that enable efficient solutions to eliminate waste.

Through our Recycling Hotline and Recyclepedia, we provide BC's most comprehensive source of information for the province's 17 Extended Producer Responsibility programs, curbside recycling systems, and other waste reduction/reuse options for products and materials British Columbians encounter every day. In 2020, we answered over 247,000 questions on recycling, reuse, and general waste reduction information! 

RCBC Updates

The RCBC 2021 Circular Economy Conference: Plastics, Compostables, and Reuse!

RCBC is excited to provide new details around the 2021 Circular Economy Conference, taking place online this June 10-11. Here are some of the topics that will be covered as we view the world of waste reduction through the lens of a new set of 3R’s: REFOCUS. RESTART. RENEW.

The Canadian Plastics Pact and the Circular Economy: The CPP seeks to bring leaders and experts together to envision how we as a society make, use, and reuse plastics packaging going forward. Managing Director George Roter will speak to how CPP plans to take action and create solutions that are tailored to Canada’s unique needs and challenges.

Reuse in the Age of Contagion: What do reuse models and systems look like in a pandemic world? This session will feature companies and organizations with first-hand experience with the challenges and opportunities around reuse in this age of social distancing and increased hygiene.

Facts & Myths On Compostable Plastics--An Update: In 2019, RCBC held a panel and workshop exploring this emerging class of materials. Dr. Love-Ese Chile from Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions, Emily McGill from BSIBio, and other experts will reconvene to explore the future of compostable plastics within the circular bio-economy.

More details on these and other sessions will be forthcoming over the next weeks. Registration is now open, with preferred rates for RCBC members. We hope you can join us! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected] 

The RCBC Recyclepedia Podcast Series

Listen to former RCBC CEO Brock Macdonald in conversation with subject matter experts, industry innovators, thought leaders and other disruptors changing recycling, waste reduction, and product stewardship, towards a circular economy. Episodes cover topical matters on big-picture environmental issues that matter to you, as RCBC strives towards its vision of a world without waste.