The mountain of materials to be bagged and baled has been huge lately so I have joined our great crew processing it. Here are some observations:
- If it if on the list, recycle it. If it is not, throw it in the garbage.
- Many bags and boxes arrive with only materials that are on the list. Everything is clean. Those bags are fast and make our job easier.
- We cannot recycle containers with hazardous liquids.
- All containers that had liquids (including liquid detergent!) in them need to be rinsed and drained before recycling. When they aren’t, it often contaminates paper and other items which make them unrecyclable.
- Food containers with more than faint traces of peanut butter, yogurt or whatever will end up in the garbage.
- We have more garbage than our large dumpster can hold. It is emptied twice a week. Most of it is plastic bags and wrappers, coffee cups, Styrofoam, unnumbered and number six plastic containers.
- Common number six items are small yogurt cups (except Dairyland) and disposable plastic cups including specialty drinks. Some (like McDonalds smoothie cups) are number one (PETE) and recyclable. Tim’s and many slushie drinks are number six.
- We can’t recycle ceiling tiles, eaves troughs, fans, toys, furniture, vacuum cleaners, etc.
- Place recyclables that are not in a bag or closed box in the blue bins at the Recycling Centre. This keeps things cleaner and easier to handle.
- We recycle electronics if they are on the list. All items should be placed on the loading dock at the Recycling Centre. A list is available at the Centre or at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca.
Thanks for recycling.