What can be recycled

The Regional District of Central Okanagan and its member municipalities (Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country) collect curbside recycling on behalf of Recycle BC. Please place all recyclables loosely in your cart. Do not put your recyclables in a bag.

Check to see what is recyclable and where it goes:

 

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Printable "what can be recycled" list

The following items are accepted in curbside carts or can be taken to a depot

Printed paper

 

Accepted materials

  • Newspapers, inserts and flyers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Telephone books and other directories
  • Writing and home office paper, paper envelopes, and notepads
  • Paper gift wrap (non-foil) and greeting cards
  • Shredded paper (put in CLEAR plastic bag, this is the only plastic bag allowed in the cart)
  • Paper bags
  • Pet food bags (not foil lined)

Accepted at

  • Curbside cart pickup
  • Recycling depots

Not accepted

  • Soft or hard-covered books (donate these)
  • Non-paper gift wrap, e.g. foil, gift wrap, ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Rubber bands
  • Padded envelopes
  • Plastic bags used to cover newspapers/flyers (recycle these at a depot)

Cardboard and boxboard

cardboard and boxboard

 

Accepted materials

  • Clean cardboard boxes, pizza boxes etc.
  • Cereal box-type cardboard
  • Paper egg cartons, beverage trays

Accepted at

  • Curbside cart pickup
  • Recycling depots

Not accepted

  • Cardboard boxes with wax coating, such as empty boxes originally used to transport produce which may be available from grocery stores for residents to transport their groceries home
  • Padded envelopes
  • Foil-lined boxes or bags
  • Paper bags with multiple layers that include a foil layer
  • Paper towels, napkins or tissues

Paper cups, cartons and frozen food packaging

Paper Cups, Cartons And Frozen Food Packaging

Accepted materials

  • Paper cups for hot and cold beverages
  • Gable-top cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, substitute eggs
  • Aseptic boxes or cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, soup, broth, sauces
  • Frozen dessert boxes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.

Accepted at

  • Curbside cart pickup
  • Recycling depots

Not accepted

  • Juice cartons and boxes (take to a Return-It depot for deposit refund)
  • Straws
  • Stand up pouches (recycle these at a depot)

Plastic containers

Plastic Containers

Accepted materials

  • Plastic jugs with screw tops used for milk, cooking oil, laundry detergent, cleaning solutions, body care products, windshield washer fluid, etc.
  • Plastic bottles for food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products, pills and vitamins etc. 
  • Plastic jars for peanut butter, jam, nuts, condiments, vitamins and supplements etc. 
  • Plastic clamshells for baked goods, fruit, produce, eggs, etc. 
  • Plastic trays and tops for deli chicken, single-serve meals, prepared foods, baked goods, housewares, and hardware such as screws or picture hangers, etc. 
  • Plastic tubs and lids for food such as margarine and spreads, dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.
  • Plastic cold drink cups with lids for take-out beverages
  • Plastic garden pots and trays for bedding plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc.
  • Plastic pails for laundry detergent, ice cream, pet food, etc. with container size less than 25L
  • Microwavable bowls and cups
  • Empty single-use coffee and tea pods; remove lids and do not include lids with recycling

Accepted at

  • Curbside cart pickup
  • Recycling depots

Not accepted

  • Beverage bottles or jugs for flavoured tea, juice, or other beverages (take to a Return-It depot for deposit refund)
  • Stand-up pouches (recycle at a depot)
  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Liquid-absorbing pads, e.g., in trays of meat, poultry, fish, etc. 
  • Plastic wrap (recycle at a depot)
  • Shrink wrap for meat, poultry, fish or cheese (clean it, then recycle at a depot)
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills 
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
  • Garden hoses
  • Plastic string or rope
  • Plastic paint cans (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Pails larger than 25L
  • Pails for lubricants and oils (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Microwavable bowls with metal rims
  • Plastic or foil lids from coffee and tea pods

Aluminum containers

Aluminum Containers

Accepted materials

  • Aluminum cans and lids used for food, lubricating oil, foam insulation, pesticides, etc.
  • Aluminum foil and foil take-out containers, including pie plates, food trays, etc.
  • Aluminum aerosol containers used for food, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray, foam insulation, etc.

Accepted at

  • Curbside cart pickup
  • Recycling depots

Not accepted

  • Spray paint cans (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Aerosol cans with any contents remaining (take to Kelowna Recycling, beside The Battery Doctors)
  • Propane cylinders (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Foil-lined cardboard take-out containers and lids

Steel containers

Steel Containers

Accepted materials

  • Steel cans and lids for food, dog food etc.
  • Metal tins for cookies, tea, chocolate etc.
  • Spiral wound cans and metal lids for frozen juice, potato chips, coffee nuts, baby formula etc.

Accepted at

  • Curbside cart pickup
  • Recycling depots

Not accepted

  • Steel paint cans (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Coat hangers (give to a dry cleaner, or donate)
  • Pots, pans, baking trays
  • Metal toys
  • Appliances (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Metal hardware or other scrap metal (call the RCBC Hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check Recyclepedia)
  • Wiring or metal cords
  • Extension cords
  • Propane tanks or cylinders

The following depot only items are NOT accepted in curbside carts and must be taken to a recycling depot.

Glass bottles and jars (depot only)

Glass bottles and jars

Accepted material

  • Clear or coloured non-deposit glass bottles and jars

Accepted at

  • Recycle depots only

Not accepted

  • Deposit glass (take to a Return-it depot for deposit refund)
  • Drinking glasses or dishes, cookware, whole or broken window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic products

Plastic bags and overwrap (depot only)

Plastic Bags And Overwrap

Accepted material

  • Retail bags for groceries or dry cleaning
  • Bags for bread, newspapers and flyers
  • Bags for produce and dry bulk foods
  • Frozen vegetable bags
  • Outer wrap for soft drink can flats
  • Water softener salt and garden product bags
  • Outer bags for diapers and feminine hygiene products
  • Salad bags

Accepted at

  • Recycle depots only

Not accepted

  • Crinkly cellophane wrap for tea, floral arrangements etc.
  • Biodegradable or compostable plastic bags
  • Lumber or construction wrap
  • Garbage bags (all colours)
  • Other flexible plastic packaging (Recycle at a depot - see special category below)

Styrofoam (depot only)

Styrofoam

Accepted material

  • Styrofoam meat trays and take-out containers
  • Styrofoam egg cartons
  • Styrofoam packaging to protect electronics, small appliances etc.

Accepted at

  • Recycle depots only

Not accepted

  • Styrofoam peanuts, packing chips or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Liquid-absorbing pads used in trays for meat, poultry, fish etc.
  • Labels, tape, paper and cardboard on Styrofoam packaging
  • Shrink wrap for meats, poultry, fish or cheese

Other flexible plastic packaging (depot only)

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Recycle BC has a full list of items with photos that are recyclable. Check Recycle BC's other flexible plastic packaging material list.

Accepted material

  • Stand up and zipper lock pouches (e.g. frozen fruit, nuts, shredded cheese)
  • Crinkly wrappers and bags (e.g. chip bags, snack and candy wrappers, cereal bags)
  • Flexible packaging with plastic seal (e.g. deli meat packaging, fresh pasta packaging)
  • Woven and net plastic bags (e.g. onion bags, rice bags, avocado net bags)
  • Non-food protective packaging (e.g. plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap)
  • Shrink wrap (e.g. clean cling wrap)

Accepted at

  • Recycle depots only

Not accepted

  • Plastic strapping
  • Plastic lined paper
  • Squeezable tubes
  • Cellophane
  • 6-pack beverage rings
  • Biodegradable or compostable plastics 
  • PVC/Vinyl
  • Plastic bags (recyclable, but please sort separately)

Other recycling – Provincial take-back programs

Many other items can be recycled through a provincial take back program, including small appliances, electronics, batteries, light bulbs and lighting products, tires, beverage containers, power tools, outdoor power equipment, electronic toys, antifreeze, used oil, paints, flammables and pesticides, smoke alarms and thermostats. Depots for these items can be found on our Provincial take-back program page or by calling the RCBC recycling hotline at 1-800-667-4321.