Unfortunately, including glass in your curbside material is considered “wishful recycling”.

Keep glass out of the curbside bin!

Bring your glass to the Alberni Valley Landfill or the Recycle BC depot

Are you putting glass containers in your curb-side recycling bin hoping they will be recycled? Waste Management, the company responsible for pick-up of curb side recycling has noticed an increase of glass in the blue bins.

Unfortunately, including glass in your curbside material is considered “wishful recycling”. Instead of being recycled, the glass puts the rest of your recycling at risk of becoming garbage and being sent to landfill.


The paper and product packaging you recycle at the curb can all be properly sorted mechanically at a materials sorting facility. The clean materials are baled and sent to be processed into a commodity that can be sold on the world markets.

Glass at the curb tends to break, then shard and contaminate the rest of the recycling. This contaminated material will not be able to be sorted cleanly. Then presto: a valuable load of recycling is now trash because overseas markets are no longer taking contaminated loads of recycling.

Fortunately, there is still a way to recycle glass containers. Once they’ve been rinsed you can bring them to the Recycle BC Depot on 3rd Ave. or the Alberni Valley Landfill. Here, they are collected in a separate tote before transporting for processing.

Not just any glass

Jars that contain products like jams and pickles have a different chemical composition and melting point than drinking glasses, oven-ware or window panes. This means they require different recycling processes. Only glass jars that contained products are currently recyclable at Recycle BC depots.

Wishful recycling doesn’t work.

For more info on what can and cannot be recycled via curb-side and Recycle BC depot’s “What Can I Recycle” page . For other recycling services in the Alberni Valley visit acrd.bc.ca/recycling.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Beaver Creek home hit by fire

Cause of the late night fire is still undetermined

BCHL: Bulldogs set to face Clippers in Round One of BCHL playoffs

Alberni Valley Bulldogs have won two out of eight games against Nanaimo this season

Maple Leafs alumni take over Alberni Valley Multiplex

Inclusion Cup raises funds for Port Alberni Association for Community Living

Coldest Night event raises $33K in Port Alberni

Elementary school students raise $445 with daytime walk

Juno-nominated teen singer from Port Alberni to appear on ‘American Idol’

Lauren Spencer-Smith up for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for ‘Unplugged, Vol. 1’

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Two B.C. men plead guilty to bus-terminal assault of man with autism in Ontario

Parmvir Chahil and Jaspaul Uppal due to be sentenced in June for aggravated assault

Most Read