New recycling guide revealed

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The North Central Saskatchewan Waste Management Corporation, Crown Shred, and the City of Prince Albert revealed the city’s first recycling guide on Monday.

The move comes six months after changes were made to the city’s recycling plans, which allowed residents to put household plastics and tin cans in their blue recycling bins.

Jack Shaw, CEO and president of Crown Shred, says the guides will help eliminate confusion about recycling techniques, which will make the sorting easier.

“If you put that stuff in your bin, you’ve actually contaminated all the bins that are going in the truck with it,” he says.

From the city’s perspective, the guides will save space and money.

“It’s about reduction in volumes going out to our landfill,” says Martin Ring, Prince Albert city councillor and vice-chair of the NCSWM.  “It’s huge in that regard.”

Ring’s concerns are not unfounded.  According to a Statistics Canada report from August of last year, Saskatchewan was one of only four provinces that saw an increase in the amount of disposable waste.  The city hopes this guide will help reverse the trend.

However, the guide is not as cut and dry as some would think.  There are some recyclable items residents are discouraged from recycling, like glass jars.

“Glass is a tough one because it goes into those bins and it breaks,” says Ring, “our sorting process is very much a manual process, so there are some safety concerns.”

On the other hand, Shaw says there are too many cases of people placing items in the bins they mistakenly think are recyclable.

“Kids toys are one (item) people are misled about,” he says.  “We can’t handle kids toys.”

The new guides are not limited to Prince Albert.  Residents in Birch Hills, Albertville, Meath Park, Paddockwood, Weirdale, and Christopher Lake will receive the recycling flyers starting this week. 

“They were very happy to get on board with the single stream effort,” Ring says.

Residents can find the new guide online at the City of Prince Albert website, or at the North Central Waste Management site.  Paper copies are also available at the Town Hall offices of the participating municipalities.

By Jason Kerr

 

Materials to recycle

Paper and cardboard

• Newspapers and paper inserts

(not tied in bundles).

• Catalogues and magazines (with plastic wrapping removed).

• Paper (e.g. letters, envelopes and window envelopes, greeting cards, brochures, non-foil gift wrap, paper bags).

• Paper drinking and coffee cups (no foam).

• Cardboard (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pizza boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel tubes and

toiletpaper tubes).

• Telephone books and paperback books.

• Shredded paper (can be in a clear plastic bag and tied closed).

• Soup and beverage containers (e.g. Tetra Pak® packages).

Metal food cans and foil

• Clean metal food cans.

• Metal lids and caps.

• Clean aluminum foil, aluminum foil plates

and containers.

Plastic jugs, bottles and food containers

• Clean plastic containers labelled with the recycling symbol 1-7.

• No foam cups, food containers or packaging even if labelled with recycling symbol.

• Liquid detergent, fabric softener and shampoo bottles, plastic clamshell trays, yogurt and margarine containers.

• Plastic lids that have a recycling symbol 1-7.

• Plastic cups.

• Plastic bags, clean plastic wrap and bubble wrap. Bundle into one plastic bag and tie closed.

Beverage containers

• Refundable beverage containers can be returned to bottle depots for deposit refunds.

However, they are also accepted in blue bins and at community recycling bins.

• Milk containers, juice cartons, water bottles, beverage cans and Tetra Pak® packages are all refundable. Place these items loose in your blue bin or community recycling bins.

Materials not to recycle

What shouldn’t go into your blue bin and community recycling bins.

No hazardous materials

• Paint cans, aerosol cans, lighters, car batteries, oil or other hazardous material.

Note, if a container has both a hazardous materials symbol and recycling symbol, do not place it in the blue bin or at a community recycling bin. Hazardous materials can harm people, equipment and the environment. Find a reuse and recycling guide for material like this at www.citypa.ca.

No plastics that are not a container

• CD cases, pens, straws, plastic knives, forks and spoons -- even if they have a recycling symbol. No foam cups, food containers or packaging

• Polystyrene foam packing materials (blocks or peanuts), cups, food containers or trays (even if labelled with recycling symbol 6).

No toys, sporting goods, shoes or clothing

No garbage or bagged recyclables

• Anything in a garbage bag will be considered garbage. It will be redirected to the landfill unopened.

No houseware items

• Drinking glasses, garden hoses, mirrors, light bulbs, dishes, ceramics, utensils, appliances, etc.

No building materials

• Wood, drywall, nails, tile, concrete, bricks, vinyl siding, etc.

No glass jars and bottles

• No glass of any kind.

No scrap metal

• Car parts, pots, pans, shelving racks, wire or wire coat hangers do not go in the blue bin or community recycling bins.

No electronics

• Electronics such as TVs, computer monitors, CPUs and printers are only accepted at electronic recycling depots such as SARCAN. Please visit www.sarcan.ca for details on the SWEEP program.

No contaminated materials

• Containers need to be free of food and other residues. Please clean them prior to placing in the blue bin.

No mixed packaging

• Deodorant sticks, toothpaste tubes, frozen juice containers, foil from yogurt containers or items made from more than one type of material.

No food or yard waste

• Food, grass clippings and yard waste.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Birch Hills, Albertville Meath Park Paddockwood Christopher Lake Prince Albert

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