Cans and bottles from pop, beer, water and other beverages make up nine to twelve percent of the waste stream. This may not seem like a lot but it is significant.
Most beverage containers are recyclable. The exceptions are drink pouches, coffee cups and serving cups made of #6(PS) plastic.
Beverage containers affect the local recycling program in a variety of ways.
Aluminum cans are separated and sold for $700.00 per metric ton or tonne. This helps offset the drop in cardboard prices.
It should be illegal to throw aluminum cans in the garbage as they are easily recycled. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a laptop for 5 hours.
Beer cans and bottles are separated and returned for the deposit that was paid when they were purchased. This has provided more than half of the revenue from selling materials this year.
Beverage containers are responsible for the majority of contamination of recyclables. Many arrive with liquid still in them. If they are not sealed and mixed with other recyclables, the wet paper materials become garbage.
Recycling Centre staff open bottles with liquids and empty them. This takes extra time.
If the liquid in bottles and cans are missed and get into the bale, it ruins paper materials in the bale and makes a mess on the conveyor, inside of the baler and the floor.
Please make sure containers are empty.
Beverage containers purchased in our community should be recycled in our community. Taking them to Saskatchewan for money is illegal.
The Saskatchewan program pays back the deposit paid when the container was purchased. The deposit is not paid on containers purchased in our area of Saskatchewan.