Did you know Vanderhoof has some of the best recycling services available in the north? Recycling in Vanderhoof has expanded from just the bottle depot three years ago, to an array of services including paper, cardboard, batteries, plastic, and tin cans. The services are run by different organizations, but put together they offer you a great opportunity to cut down on your waste going to the landfill.
Cardboard recycling is located in the large, gray bin beside the Co-op Grocery Store. Acceptable products are clean, corrugated cardboard only. This service is managed by the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative (NWRI). The cardboard is collected and bailed twice per week by two employees from Nechako Valley Community Services Society (NVCSS). Without the generosity of the Co-op, who donates the use of their cardboard bailer, this service wouldn’t exist in our community.
Mixed paper recycling is located at the Vanderhoof Transfer Station. Acceptable products include office paper, newspaper, boxboard (eg. cereal boxes), magazines or coloured paper. Please do not put cardboard in this bin! This service is managed by the NWRI and flyers, etc. from the post office are picked up by Jay from NVCSS and put in the bin twice per week. If cardboard is put in the bin, it results in extra work for Jay who has to pick through the bin and remove it.
Mixed Household Plastics
Mixed household plastics recycling is located in the large, green bin at the Vanderhoof Transfer Station. Acceptable products are clean, household plastics that have the numbers 1-7 on them. Examples of the numbering system are:
Please make sure your containers are clean before putting them in the bin. This service is managed by NWRI. No commercial or industrial plastics (ie. oil or antifreeze containers) are accepted at this time.
The bottle depot in Vanderhoof is owned and operated by the Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS) and is located at 294 Third St. East. Their hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm. They accept beverage containers, milk containers (including soy), and empty paint cans. Please remember your milk jugs need to be cleaned and crushed before returning them!
Tin can recycling is available at the Vanderhoof Transfer Station and is managed by the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako (RDBN).
Battery recycling is available at the Home Hardware store located at 135 Stewart Street in Vanderhoof. Types of batteries accepted are all alkaline and rechargeable batteries (ie. AA, AAA, C, etc.).
Funding for the NWRI and its recycling services comes from the RDBN. NWRI is constantly working on improving and expanding the recycling options in Vanderhoof. For more information please visit NWRI’s website at www.nechakowri.ca.