Recycling: How to Plan Ahead

Recycling can sound very intimidating. However, it is not complicated – only needs a bit of extra effort before you take action of how to sort through the things in your everyday life. Most of you may have realized that the blue recycle bin is the most popular one around campus.

Coffee cups, yogurt containers, papers etc, there is so much more stuff that is considerable put in the blue bin. Or if you plan to move to a new place, how to deal with the stuff from your house? Here is the perfect opportunity for you to learn how to properly recycle the junk in your room or stuff from your daily life. 

Here’s what you can do to plan ahead:

1. Do your research

If you are confused about the waste items, or if you ask somebody, but they aren’t able to answer your questions. Check out Residential Recycling, all you need to do is to type the name of the item, they will let you know immediately! 


They also have a free app Waste Wise Kamloops to download.

2. If it is in good condition, donate it!

For clothing, books, kitchen stuff, household items and more… 


There are many thrift stores around town and most of them are run by NGO’s. So you definitely could donate the items to charity. Be aware to check the store schedule before you plan to go.

3. Sell it!

Don’t forget that social media is not just a network for communication, it can do much more than you think! There are many groups on Facebook to buy and sell items in Kamloops. Check out Facebook Marketplace, where you can buy and sell items from people in Kamloops.

Last but not least, a very helpful resource: Kijiji. Kijiji is Canada’s largest classifieds site, it is an easy way for students to buy and sell items. (They even help with goods, cars, services, housing, and more.)

4. Visit the TRU Sustainability Office

I know that it always simple if we would be to throw everything away. However, once we know how to properly take action, we’ll never forget.

So, I encourage everyone to join TRU Sustainability Office, they always hold fun activities, discussion groups, or different events to make your life and TRU more sustainable.

There is a project: mini recycling audits that I join, which consists of going through the blue bins and recording the items that do not belong in blue bins (you don’t have to touch anything).

Unfortunately, the water bottle doesn’t go into the blue bins, especially the one with full water inside. Another thing is the water bottles actually still have values, so please put it in the red bin. 

5Only soft plastic bags are not put in a landfill, (soft plastic bags should put in yellow bin), otherwise, these wraps always put in the black bin.


6It is perfect to put yogurt containers in the blue bin, but you SHOULD keep your recyclable containers as clean as possible!


Knowing how to properly recycling is not only functional and convenient. It also contributes to your environmentally and friendly lifestyle! And most importantly is it will be making your everyday life easier. 

Having more questions about how to use Zero-Waste Station? Check my other blog post here.