British Columbia is hailed worldwide for its resplendent mountains, forests, trails, and the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds us.
Living in what’s arguably considered to be the best province in Canada gets us wondering if it’s possible to maintain all of this beauty. But as it turns out, working towards a prosperous environment is right at our fingertips.
Recycling, when done right, can help keep garbage out of our oceans and natural environment. But recent data says our awareness is dwindling, even in what many of us consider to be an eco-conscious era. As an example, the New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics report predicts that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, assuming that fish stocks remain constant.
This issue isn’t only restricted to B.C. – we’re talking about a global plastics problem that’s having destructive effects on our environment worldwide. The report states that globally, only 14% of plastics are collected for recycling, 40% are landfilled, and 32% end up leaked into the environment not only in B.C.’s coastal waters, but in the world’s oceans as a whole.
All the same, it’s important to look at this reality with optimism. More recycling means less waste. Recyclable materials include aluminum, steel, plastic, boxboard, cardboard, and glass packaging. As well, cartons and printed paper can be transformed into new products and packaging. Another plus? Even recycled packaging can be recycled again, and as a result, less land needs to be set aside for dumps so the life cycle of B.C.’s natural resources can be extended. To learn more about what types of packaging can be recycled in B.C., visit recyclinginbc.ca. You can also learn more about the global plastics issue by checking out the website’s campaign page.
To celebrate B.C.’s natural beauty within various regions, we’ve compiled a list of the top nine Instagram photos as a reminder of why recycling is well worth the effort.
Incinerator Rock, Tofino
Harrison Hot Springs
Sunshine Coast Trail
Yoho National Park
Bridal Veil Falls
Fintry National Park