Recycle-It Resource Recovery

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Opening Times

  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday closed

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The Recycle-It Resource Recovery is located in Fort St. John, British Columbia and is operated by the city’s public management and fulfills the function of assimilating and eliminating the solid waste of its inhabitants, different waste disposal techniques are carried out here. The Fort St. John Landfill accepts waste material from local individuals and legal entities.

In this place the recycling of organic and inorganic waste is carried out and it has a special structure and treatment, to make it as sustainable as possible.

The landfill is located at 10095 – 85 Avenue, Box 6866,Fort St. John, V1J 4J3, British Columbia, Canada.

You can view the schedule of the center on the Opening hours tab above. The landfill is closed for holidays: Christmas (December 25) and New Year (January 1).

If you need to contact the landfill, you can email them at this address: info@recycleitresource.com or call at 250-785-1114, 1-855-764-7463.

Services provided

The Fort St. John recycling depot is built and managed so that it can operate for about next 70-100 years, providing the following services to the community and the environment:

  • Recycling
  • Landfill Operations
  • Construction & Demolition Recycling
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Collection Systems
  • Composting And Mun. Solid Waste Management

Materials accepted

The recycling center in Fort St. John accepts a wide variety of waste types, from household disposables to commercial waste. Waste management fees may vary, as well as the materials received and the amount, so we recommend contacting the Fort St. John recycling center directly if you have any questions.

These are the materials that are accepted:

Glass

  • All Glass Bottles

Household

  • Cooking Oil
  • Old Appliances
  • Small Appliances

Metal

  • Appliances
  • Scrap Metal

Paper

  • Cardboard
  • Waste Paper

Plastic

  • #1 & # 2 Plastic

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Frequently asked questions in Fort St. John, V1J 4J3

Should I bag my paper for recycling?

Paper is one of the easiest materials to recycle, however, for this to happen, it must be treated correctly from the beginning of the recycling chain, that is, from the consumer. The most important thing when it comes to recycling paper is that it does not contain polluting agents, since any type of food, oil, or some other residue makes it unrecyclable and can contaminate the entire batch.

Paper that is not recycled ends up in landfills and although it degrades rapidly compared to other materials since it is not reused, it increases the exploitation of forests and trees in the manufacture of the new paper.

As for cardboard boxes or cardboard in general, which is made up of several layers of paper, it is best to give it a second use whenever possible. On the other hand, failing that, keep them clean and break them so that they can be properly treated in the local recycling centers.

How does recycling work?

Recycling is the process by which the raw materials that make up the waste that we use daily such as paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, etc., are transformed into new materials. This prevents these wastes from entering the seas or earth. But, for this to happen, a series of steps need to be carried out:

  • At home – separate and clean waste.
  • At local recycling centers – sort, pack, and store, for later sale.
  • At processing industries – treat the materials and transform them into new products.

For a few years, the United States entered a crisis due to the accumulation of waste, which was triggered by the new waste policies of China, which was the main buyer of waste in the United States. These new policies are much stricter and among other restrictions, they lowered the minimum standards for pollutants to -1%, which excludes the majority of waste from the United States.

What does recycling do for the earth?

The production of human waste increases year by year. This vast amount of trash has formed islands hundreds of thousands of miles long in the oceans. There is so much litter that ends up in the oceans and on land that it has entered the food chain, greatly damaging biodiversity.

One way to reduce the amount of human waste is recycling in recycling centers; by lengthening the useful life of materials and preventing them from ending up in landfills, but also avoiding the production of new materials and thereby avoiding the over-exploitation of raw materials and the pollution that comes with the extraction of materials and their production.

What happens to recycle?

The waste that can be recycled has different destinations depending on the material in question. The waste that we deposit in the recyclable container is taken by dedicated recycling trucks to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). In these recycling centers, the waste is separated and later packed in bundles.

The waste that is not received by the recycling centers, such as plastic bags, electronic devices, or clothing (which vary in each locality and each recycling center) must be taken directly by the consumers to specific collection points so that these can be recycled.

Once separated and packaged, the recyclable materials are sent to recycling plants or processing factories that turn the waste into new products.

Recyclable waste that is not separated in the recycling container or is not taken to collection points, ends up in landfills, where, depending on its material, it can take hundreds of years to degrade or even never do so.

In the United States, only 10% of recyclable waste reaches the transformation stage, and most of it is destined for sale abroad.

What scrap metal can be recycled?

Scrap recycling is one of the least popular in the United States even though most metals can be recycled and there are even some that have a high market value. The recycling of scrap metal is very important since by reusing metals we mitigate the exploitation of minerals, which are a limited resource, and their extraction generates a significant amount of greenhouse gasses.

Most of the waste can be left in the local recycling centers and received payment for it, in this way we avoid this waste ends up in landfills, where it would take hundreds of years to degrade.

Some of the metals that can be sold at recycling centers are copper (which is the best-valued metal on the market), aluminum, brass, lead, iron, and bronze. You can find these materials in all kinds of household waste such as; wires, pipes, kitchen sinks, food cans, soda cans, window frames, door locks, chandeliers and hinges, old jewelry, children’s toys, lamps, and tools.

Although almost most of the metals are recycled, some cannot be reused or that recycling centers do not receive, such as those used for paint or toxic products, some pipes, clothes hangers, and metal scraps, so it’s always best to check directly with your local recycling center.


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