I remember a conversation with a very committed recycler who was somewhat upset because he discovered when he picked up his bag to bring to the Centre that it was his garbage. He had put his bag of recyclables out for garbage pickup.
Both the recyclables and garbage were in black garbage bags so it is easy to understand how this mistake happened.
We picked up recyclables from a local business. When we went through the bags which were all black we discovered we also had bathroom garbage.
It is easy to avoid this problem.
Garbage goes in solid coloured bags which are usually black or dark green.
Recycling goes in bags you can see through, and may be blue, green, clear, orange or anther colour.
It makes it easy to see if it is recyclables or garbage.
Surveys show blue is the colour most people think of for recycling. It was the colour chosen at the beginning of curbside collection for the bins household put their recyclables in.
The bins on Main Street have a blue side for recyclables and a black side for garbage. The park recycling bins are blue.
This colour is the cause of some confusion in our community.
Blue barrels are used for garbage in some of the parks and at community events.
The garbage dumpsters at the Recycling Centre are blue. We labelled them as ‘garbage only’ after finding bags of recycling in them. We realized the blue colour was confusing.
But blue recycling bins and clear bags for recyclables are here to stay.
We strongly encourage the use of recycling bags so it is clear what is recyclable and what is garbage.