We are thrilled to announce a new pilot project that Recycle BC launched June 1. You can now drop off your empty coffee bags and other flexible plastic packaging at one of the 117 participating depot locations around BC.
“Other flexible plastic packaging” includes items such as:
- – Coffee bags
- – Stand up pouches
- – Chip bags
- – Pasta bags
- – Cereal box bags
- – Produce net bags
- – Frozen food zipper-lock bags
Click here to see the full list of participating depots. More locations are expected to be added in September 2018, with a mandatory rollout to all Recycle BC depots as of next year.
This type of packaging is the fastest growing on the market as it’s lightweight and easy to ship, has lower emissions when looking at the full carbon life-cycle, and helps keep food fresh for longer periods of time.
As you may know, Ethical Bean has been running a coffee bag return program for years now. This Recycle BC project will allow local customers to drop off their empty coffee bags directly at one of the participating depots closer to home. For customers living outside of BC, you’re more than welcome to continue shipping us your empty coffee bags. We recommend twelve or more for shipping efficiency, and we will drop them off for you.
Recycle BC has teamed up with Merlin Plastics to perform a research and development project on the new materials collected to help recycle more of this material and turn anything that can’t be recycled into energy pellets, displacing the need for other more carbon intensive fuels.