Mixed material items are one of the biggest sources of garbage at the Recycling Centre.
Recyclables are separated by the kind of material they are made of. The main categories are corrugated cardboard, paper products, tin and aluminum. Plastics containers are separated by the kind of plastic identified by the number on them.
Items made up of two kinds of materials that cannot be separated are garbage. The most common examples are coffee, Pringles and other ‘cans’ made with cardboard sides and metal bottoms, padded envelopes with paper and plastic and the liners of Hello Fresh food boxes that have a foil coating for insulation.
It would be best if they did not arrive at the Recycling Centre.
Other mixed materials can be separated easily. Examples are Styrofoam and plastic bags in cardboard boxes, plastic liners in cereal and frozen pizza boxes and the plastic wrap on magazines and around cardboard flats that held cans or bottles.
These items are usually separated at the Recycling Centre which slows processing.
Cigarette packages usually go in the garbage as they are wrapped in plastic and have foil inside the box which cannot be removed easily. Occasionally some will arrive that have been stripped of the extras. These should be put in a separate bag and marked so staff knows to put them in the bale not the garbage.
Juice boxes/tetra packs and milk cartons are an exception. Companies creating these containers developed a process and designed the containers so they can be separated and recycled.
It would be great if all manufacturers were this responsible.
Staples and paper clips in paper do not have to be removed.
Call (204) 687-6169 for more information.