Here’s where you can find handy links from where to look up recycling facilities to where to get bulk laundry soap. (some of these are Vancouver-based, but not all). If want to know about something that isn’t on here, just drop us an email.
- The Recycling Council of BC Recyclepedia – Find out what you can recycle and where for BC residents. http://www.rcbc.bc.ca/
- The Recycling Hotline (brought to you by RCBC) is where a real live person will answer all your recycling questions. 1-800-667-4321 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Metro Vancouver Recycles – Input your address (in Metro Vancouver) and anything from clothing to tin cans, and they’ll tell you where you can take it for reuse or recycling www.MetroVancouverRecycles.org
- For Recycling info in the City of Vancouver click here
- The American Chemistry Council has a great resource on plastics recycling (general information and plastics buyers) in the US and Canada
- If you live in East Vancouver, here’s a handy list of recycling/reuse resources
Recycling Providers and Reuse Alternatives
- Happy Stan’s Recycling Services is the private recycling company where we take our soft plastic (yay) among other things
- Pacific Mobile Depot is another private hauler we take our stuff to. They come to the city once a month, and they take all kinds of plastic (including styrofoam and toothbrushes) and electronics.
- Encorp takes beverage containers (including milk) and all electronics
- Free Geek takes computers (and accessories) to make refurbished computers for people who need them.
- Ikea takes household batteries and lightbulbs
- Our Social Fabric accepts donations of unused cloth and textiles. They do not accept clothing, towels, or sheets.
- Gemtext takes all kinds of textiles including ripped or torn clothing and single shoes! They’re in the US, but if you’re near the border, might be worth a trip by a drop box.
- Compost bins are available for only $25 (very subsidized) to Vancouver residents. Find out more info here Lots of other municipalities do this too.
- Compost bins are available commercially in many shapes and sizes. Click here for more compost products than you knew existed.
- Get more info on composting by calling the (Vancouver) Composting Hotline at (604) 736-2250
Around the House
- VIP biodegradable laundry soap is the one we most often use. It is made in Mission, BC and available at Safeway, at the co-op on commercial drive (in huge containers) or online at http://www.vipsoap.com. We also make our own.
- Bulk biodegradable laundry soap can be found at the east vancouver co-op on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.
- locally made laundry soap in returnable/refillable glass bottles is available at the co-op on Commercial Drive
- Vancouver has a great shop called The Soap Dispensary (http://thesoapdispensary.com/) that stocks cleaning and hygiene supplies (including wooden toothbrushes)
On the Go
- Check out a list of different reusable bulk and produce bags here.
- Great lunch containers for kids are available online at LapTop Lunches. They even sell class sets, so you can get your kid’s school involved.
- If you want to avoid plastic food containers, try glass or stainless steel. I’ve heard good things about PlanetBox, Lunchbots, and Innate (those last guys are local too).
- We’ve had success getting cheese in our own containers at most deli counters (you might just have to explain a bit). Dollar Grocer (Commercial Drive) also has feta in bulk.
- There are great bulk sections at Dollar Grocer, Donald’s, Drive Organics, and many other independent grocers on the Drive, as well as Save-on-foods, Price Smart, and Superstore.
- We use reusable mesh bags for produce and bulk.
- We buy package-free bar soap for shaving from Lush
- We buy recycled toilet paper in a large cardboardbox (no plastic) from janitorial supply stores.
- We bought our toothbrushes online and at Drive Organics, but I think I’ll go wooden like this or this next time.
- Floss- I either use Radius compostable dental floss (note, it has a recyclable plastic case and is not vegan due to it being made of silk), or I use Eco-Dent floss which is NOT compostable and geos in the garbage, but comes in bulk with a completely cardboard package.
- We buy 100% recycled toilet paper from a janitorial supply store where it comes in a big box with no plastic wrapping. You can buy cloth wipes at www.lunapads.com
- For feminine hygiene, I use both the DivaCup and Lunapads
- There is a store on Main Street that sells bulk shampoo, conditioner, and cleaning supplies (wooden toothbrushes too). http://thesoapdispensary.com/