10 Recycling Ideas for Chinese New Year

Just in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations, we’d like to provide you with our top 10 ideas for Recycling that don’t require a huge lifestyle change.  These little changes from all of us will add up, ensuring a healthy planet for generations to come.

Regional Recycling - monkey - chinese new yearThe Chinese Year of the Monkey will start on February 8, 2016 – the second New Moon after the Solstice. Following 12 months of the dignified and surefooted Goat, the New Year of the Monkey is going shake, rattle and roll!

The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning. New Year also signifies good health, fortune, prosperity, and togetherness.  

Here are 10 of our favorite New Year Recycling ideas:

1 – Recycle / return Beverage Containers for refunds

You pay a deposit on most of the beverage containers you purchase. Regional Recycling depots provide a clean and simple solution to repaying the deposit you paid on your empty beverage containers. We repay your full deposit on all beverage containers including beer, wine, spirits, and soft drinks.

Here’s the deposit amount you paid on each container when you purchased the products:

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Return your empty containers to us, and get your full deposti back. Learn more: http://www.regionalrecycling.ca/bottle-depots

2 – Recycle your Scrap Metal

Scrap metals are melted down and remanufactured into new products, a process that considerably reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves energy and natural resources. Scrap metal can also have some value when you bring it in for recycling.

Whether your metal is worth a money or not, Regional Recycling accepts all types of scrap metal.  Our AbbotsfordBurnabyCloverdale and Richmond locations purchase non-ferrous scrap metals. If you have large quantities of scrap metal, please contact the nearest location to you.

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To learn more about recycling your scrap metal: http://www.regionalrecycling.ca/blog/scrap-metal.php

3 – Recycle all of your small electronics at the end of their life using the Electronics Recycling Box

recycling box - regional recycling - chinese new yearTo help you recycle your end-of-life small electronic items we created a great little box for you to collect these items over time. Conviently sized at 6″x6″x8″ it is perfect for the home and office, providing you with one handy place to store all your small electronics until it’s convenient for you to recycle them.  Use this box instead of disposing your recyclables in the garbage.

You can pick them up for free at our any of our Regional Recycling locations.

4 – Use rechargeable Batteries & recycle old Batteries

It’s just good for the planet to recycle your batteries. Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when batteries are improperly disposed of. When incinerated, certain metals can be released into the air or can concentrate in the ash produced by the combustion process.

Recycling batteries keeps heavy metals out of landfills and the air. It also saves resources because recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new batteries.Regional Recycling - chinese new year - batteries

And, reduce the number of batteries in the waste stream: purchase rechargeable batteries. Over its useful life, each rechargeable battery may substitute for hundreds of single-use batteries.

5 – Replace old appliances with Energy Wise Appliances

These days, our lives revolve around various appliances that we use on a daily basis. While most of these older appliances consume a lot of energy, and innovation has led to a lot of wonderful new, energy-efficient appliances. Using ENERGY STAR appliances saves up to 30% of energy consumption and reduces our global impact. There are also often incentives offered to purchase these products, so you win.

RECYCLE your old appliances with us! LEARN MORE

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6 – Use Energy Wise Lighting

Replacing your incandescent bulbs is good for the health of the planet, and saves you time and money.

There are two kinds of energy-efficient light bulbs available on the market today: compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and light -emitting diode (LED). Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient halogens, CFLs or LEDs saves 30-80% on energy consumption.

Light bulbs of all types should be recycled. Bring them in to us!

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7 – Cut down on Single Use beverage cups – buy a reusable container that you can take with you.

The statistics are sobering. Some have estimated that over 3.5% of Vancouver’s overall waste is beverage cups. I know that we are a city of coffee and we love our tea, but that many disposable cups in waste and landfills? There has to be a better way to deal with this.

Officially, coffee cups and lids cannot be recycled, and there is no incentive for change. Make it a goal to reduce the number of Single Use – Non-recyclable beverage containers. Buy yourself or someone you love a reusable container this Chinese New Year!

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Read more about the coffee cup revolution: http://www.regionalrecycling.ca/blog/coffee-cup-recycling.php

8 – Volunteer – Raise money for a local organization

Bottle Drives are a great way to raise money and recycle, and we’re your natural choice as a fundraising partner. The best times to have a bottle drive are after celebration events and holidays, such as after Christmas, the Chinese New Year, and the Super Bowl. We’re here to help organize, and will come pick up your containers for free, so all you basically need to do is gather beverage containers that have a deposit and return them for a refund. Book your bottle drive online!

Read more about fundraising with bottle drives:  http://www.regionalrecycling.ca/blog/5-Reasons-to-book-your-next-bottle-drive-with-Regional-Recycling.php

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9 – Practice Responsible Gift Giving all year

It’s possible to reduce the amount of waste produced when giving gifts all year long. There are endless articles and lists devoted to the options available for giving great green gifts.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite eco friendly, no/low cost gifts ideas here.

Giving Responsibly Over The Holidays


10 – Get a head start on your Spring Cleaning

Following quickly on the heels of the chinese new year – Spring Cleaning!

Spring is such a wonderful time of year! Everything feels so fresh and new – anything seems possible. Why not put a little of that great fresh energy to use and do a little spring cleaning? It’s the perfect time to give your home, your castle, a clean sweep! Whether you take it all in one shot or chip away over a period of time, the feeling of freeing up space is, well, freeing!

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Check out our handy checklist to help you with this liberating task.

We hope you have enjoyed our ideas for recycling more in the Year of the Monkey !  We’d love to hear your ideas! Please join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

Happy Chinese New Year!