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Got milk cartons? They can go into blue boxes, starting May 1

Apr 26 2012

Greater Victoria blue-box recycling program will collect plastic-coated containers starting May 1. That means milk and soup cartons, drink boxes and other gable-top containers can go into blue boxes.

"It's something we've been working on for years," said Judy Brownoff, a Saanich councillor and Capital Regional District environment committee member.

The opportunity to add cartons came this spring when the contract with blue-box program operator International Paper Industries came up for renewal, Brownoff said.

Demand for used cartons has increased as methods for recycling them have been refined. The cartons are recycled into tissue, office paper, wallboard and a variety of other products.

Anything that has a gable-top lid - like milk cartons - can go in the blue box, as can Tetra Paks, the coated-cardboard containers that hold soup or juice.

The CRD has had a blue-box recycling since March 1989, when only glass bottles, tin and aluminum cans, and newspapers were collected.

Since then, the program has diverted almost 260,000 tonnes of recyclables, the equivalent of about 40,000 garbage trucks that didn't have to go to the Hartland landfill.

The 2012 to 2014 recycling schedule is in the mail to all homes on the curbside program. Oak Bay distributes its schedule separately.

kwestad@timescolonist.com

> For more information on curbside recycling, go to www.crd.bc.ca/recycling.

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