Waste Reduction / SortSmart



Halloween is just around the corner and here are a few tips on how to reduce your waste this spooky season.


When carving pumpkins you can bake the seeds for snacks, and use the inside for festive treats like pumpkin pie.

Instead of throwing the pumpkin away after Halloween you can compost it in the back yard. However, due to wildlife concerns including bears we do not allow them at our facilities. Below are the approved compost allowed at our facilities, as well as further information related to bear awareness.



Northern Bear Awareness Society and Social Media


Northern Bear Awareness Society Facebook Page.
Northern Bear Awareness Society email address: nbasociety@gmail.com
Prince George Fruit Exchange Facebook Page.


The Regional District sells composters like the one pictured below, for more information click here.


Costumes and Decorations

You can reuse, borrow or make your costumes from old clothes and a little imagination, this saves you money and our landfills space. If you have the urge to shop for costumes, thrift stores such as Value Village, Hospice Resale Shop and the Salvation Army Thrift Store are great options.

You can also reuse or make Halloween decorations from many household items such as old dolls or bedsheets. You would be surprised at how spooky those items can become at night.

Once Halloween is over store the decorations and costumes for next year to reuse or trade with friends and family.


An easy way to reduce the amount of garbage you produce on Halloween is to avoid candy, and hand out something useful like pencils or erasers. If you want to go down the more traditional route, offer candy with foil or recyclable wrapping.

Instead of using a new Halloween bucket or plastic bag for the sack full of treats, reuse the pail from last year or an old pillow sheet. You can even decorate the pillow sheet and save it for next year.

Waste Reduction Week

October 15th to 21st is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. For more information and great ideas on how to reduce waste click here or check out RCBC’s website




What is Sort Smart?

Sort Smart is a campaign to help you divert recyclables from your garbage and the landfill. It provides guidance on how you can properly sort your recycling and where to take it.

Why should I participate in Sort Smart?

Taking the time to divert and recycle your products helps increase the lifespan of our landfill. Being smart about how you bring solid waste to the landfill can save you money.

Where can I take my sorted recyclables?

To find the closest recycling location to you, please visit: https://www.rcbc.ca/recyclepedia/search

How do I Sort Smart?

Check out the guide we’ve provided down below!




Cardboard Diversion Information

This is a reminder for businesses that the next phase of the Commercial Cardboard Diversion is being implemented. The tolerated amount of cardboard decreases and the surcharge increases as of January 1, 2018.

Any commercial load of waste that contains more than 10% cardboard will be subject to a surcharge under Bylaw 3023. Removing this recyclable item from the waste stream will save valuable landfill space, energy and resources.

All loads of cardboard must be clean of contaminants. This includes: Styrofoam packaging, plastic and metal. Cardboard should be folded to make as much space as possible in each bin. Cardboard bins that have high levels of contamination require additional time and resources to sort and may even be rejected if contamination levels are too high.

For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George at 250-960-4400.

The commercial sector is the largest contributor to the amount of waste generated, almost 60%, and represents the greatest potential for successful diversion.

Residents will not be effected by this new program. The Regional District encourages all residents to sort smart and recycle their cardboard.

Phase 2 of the program begins January 1, 2018.

There are two components to the implementation of this disposal program: threshold and surcharge. The term threshold refers to the tolerated amount of cardboard allowed in each load and surcharge refers to the penalty charge if the amount exceeds the threshold.








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Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Businesses may contact one of the haulers below to determine what cardboard recycling service is right for them:

Blue Jewel Recycling Services: 250-960-8531
Cascades Recovery Inc.: 250-563-0233
Waste Management: 250-962-0369
West Bin: 250-563-2467

If a business would like to recycle SMALL LOADS of cardboard on their own, there are a variety of LOCATIONS where cardboard can be recycled.