Fort St John Curbside Recycling

Its a Fact! As of end August 2016,  more than 500MT (500000kgs ) of comingled recycling from the City of Fort St John  curbside blue bin program has been processed baled  and sent to market by the Eco-Depot Recycling Centre.

That is a lot of recycling thanks to the residents of Fort St John.

What is comingled Recycling?

Comingled recycling is the collection of recyclable waste together. Clean plastics, box board, mixed paper, cardboard, tin and alumunim foil are all collected in the one blue bin.

The aim of comingled recycling  is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill by making it easy for people to recycle. People  spend less time and effort deciding how to sort their recyclables.

It is an easy system, the trucks that pick up do not need separate compartments, and at the Eco-Depot the recycling is not separated out but processed as is and baled ready for market. 

Is there a downside to Comingled Recycling?

Unfortunately there is! No sorting leads to increased possibility of contamination. Contamination is the presence of unwanted or prohibited  items in the blue bin. Because there is no sorting, unwanted items are more likely to be thrown in the bin.

The city of Fort st John has published a comprehensive list of prohibited items in their brochure on household garbage and recycling.

Residents should  therefore know what they can put and not put in the blue bin.

Some of the more common prohibited items are food and beverage glass, chip bags and styrofoam.

When recycling has minimun contamination, less time is spent by staff at Eco-Depot sorting it out, the risk of damage to equipment from broken glass is reduced and staff are safer. 

Better quality recycling means better recovery of materials for use in new products.


TIP!   Make sure the list of what to put and what not to put in your blue bin is readily available to all the people

         in your household


Check out the videos below from the City of Fort St John youtube channel.

See what happens to the blue bin recycling when it arrives at the Eco-Depot Recycling Centre

Happy recycling!








Recycling FAQs

1. Why can’t I recycle everything?

The short answer is not everything has a market. But we can make a difference by buying products that contain recycled materials, because in order for anything to be recycled it must have a market to be sold. So be part of the solution.

2. Why recycle old batteries?

Batteries are made from materials and chemicals that include lead, cadmium, lithium and mercury, these are heavy metals which can leak into the ground when he casing corrodes causing soil and water pollution. By recycling batteries many of these chemicals can be recovered and used to make new batteries and other items.

3. What is e- waste?

A term used to describe may types of electrical and electronic equipment that use power supply or battery power. This includes TVs, computer components, phones, stereos, toys, toasters, microwaves, kettles. E-waste contains various hazardous materials such as cadmium and mercury which can be toxic to humans. It also contains valuable resources such as gold and copper.

4. Why is window glass and glassware not accepted for recycling at Eco-Depot?

Window glass and glass ware have different composition and manufacturing process than food glass container. They are regarded as contaminates in container glass recycling and pose a threat to glass recycling equipment.

5. How clean should my recycling be?

Clean recyclables make higher quality recycled products. Using rinse or left over washing water lightly rinse as much food residues from milk jugs, food jars and cans. Remove bits of food from aluminium food plates and foil before tossing into recycling.


Fight Waste at School

The last thing that should cross your mind is to throw that item into the bin!!  Choose to reduce, reuse or recycle your item and do your part!


  • Is it necessary to print off everything onto paper, if so can you print double sided
  • If you take lunch to school, aim for waste free lunches. Use reusable bottles or flasks for drinks instead of individual cartons, reusable airtight containers for snacks and packed lunches. And perhaps more importantly don’t take more food than you can eat!
  • Buy snacks with less or no packaging on them e.g. an apple instead of bag of chips
  • Use a washable reusable water bottle for school


  • Always use both sides of paper before throwing it away
  • Make sure your classroom has a scrap paper bin/ tray for paper that has only been used on one side and can be reused
  • Use old paper for making paper- Mache models or masks
  • Encourage your school to use refillable printer cartridges


  • The main material thrown away at school is paper, ask your teacher to provide a recycling bin in your classroom and at end of the week tip into the main recycling bin
  • If there is a vending machine, put a bin next to it and collect cans for a good cause, or make money for your school projects
  • Set up a composter for food scraps, tea bags
  • Encourage your school to buy recycled paper and other recycled products
  • Tell your teacher that the Eco-Depot will collect your recycling for free