Setting up a recycling program at home is very easy. It is important to have everyone in your household actively participate in the recycling effort. Design a plan that suits your household situation with a few simple steps.
ORGANIZE YOUR FAMILY TEAM
Delegate certain chores to each member of the family. Everyone should understand their duties and contributions to the recycling program.
SET PROGRAM GOALS
Answer these questions as a family before setting up your recycling program:
- Why should we recycle at home?
- Which items are we going to recycle?
- Can our household decrease the amount of garbage we put at the curb each week?
- Can we set-up a family “events or vacations” fund from the money we collect recycling bottles and cans?
- Who is going to be responsible for the program as a whole?
FIND YOUR LOCAL RECYCLING DEPOT
Contact your local recycling depot to find out which materials are recyclable. If you are a resident of Fort St. John or Dawson Creek, you can also inquire about curbside recycling.
To register online for curbside collection - Click Here.
For a list of recycling depots in our region - Click Here.
DECIDE WHICH RECYCLABLE MATERIAL TO COLLECT
Most households recycle:
- Mixed Paper
- Plastic Containers & Bags
- Milk Cartons & Tetra Paks
- Beverage Containers
- Tin Cans
- Aluminum Foil
Sorting requirements vary depending on your recycling location - at the depot, at the curb, or at a bin site. Check out our Recycling Basics page for sorting information.
CHOOSE A RECYCLING STATION IN YOUR HOME
Choose a recycling station that is convenient and has adequate storage space.
- In the hall closet
- In the garage or shed
- Under the sink
Make sure your bins are clearly labeled with “paper, plastic, tin, etc.”, so your material is easy to sort once you bring it to the depot.
If your family participates in curbside recycling, make sure you mark your collection day on the calendar!
REDUCE YOUR WASTE
- Bring a reusable mug to work
- Use cloth napkins, towels and cleaning rags
- Keep a filtered jug of fresh water in the fridge
- Use reusable plastic containers in your child’s lunch box
- Take reusable cloth shopping bags to the grocery store
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
- Buy products that are recyclable or are made of recycled materials
EXPAND YOUR EFFORTS – START COMPOSTING
Have you considered adding composting to your household recycling efforts? Start with the basics - paper, plastics and cardboard. Once your family has that down pat, buy a composter and start recycling your food scraps.
Visit PRRDY’s websitefor information on composting.
The following local stores sell composters:
- Canadian Tire
- Home Hardware