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The new recycling trucks and garbage trucks are dual compartment, or split-body, trucks and the width of the smallest of these compartments is 2 feet. The garbage trucks we previously used had a width of 6 feet, which is why the acceptable bundle sizes used to be larger.
There is no limit on the amount of recycling that you can put out.
If you miss your collection day you can set out your recyclables the following recyclable collection day, or take them to the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop-Off Facility, which is open on Tuesday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
It is extremely important to prepare items correctly before placing them in your blue bags. This means:
No. You can leave labels on your plastic bottles and metal cans!
All of these items are fine to toss into the “Paper” recycling blue bag. In the recycling process, all paper, even the glossy, is converted to pulp, and all non-natural fibres such as metal will be strained out. So don’t waste your time removing staples or plastic windows!
Even though the manufacture puts a recycling symbol on most styrofoam packaging it doesn’t mean that it is acceptable in the City’s program.
We cannot take any styrofoam for the following reasons:
• some styrofoam can break up easily causing contamination of other material,
• styrofoam markets are limited and have very high standards for this material,
• the market value is very, very low for such high standards.
When we were doing our research for what items we would take in our program, we spoke to other recycling operators in other parts of Canada. Most said to not take styrofoam as it will contaminate your other material. When buyers purchase, lets say newspaper, they do not want other material included with it as it will create unwanted headaches in their processing causing them to produce an inferior end product which their customers do not want. When a bale of material has too much contamination it can end up going to the landfill.
When buyers are very satisfied with the shipped material they receive they will always buy your material. Currently, we are noted for our clean material being sold.
We made our decision based on the above reasons.
When we researched the markets for plastic bags they were not willing to purchase them from new customers. They were having a difficult time even selling the bags from their existing customers. As well, there were very strict requirements for the bags. They had to be very clean, free from any kind of debris in the bags including cash register receipts.
As well, we were advised by our consultants to not include them in the program as they would create some serious problems for our sorting and processing equipment by getting tangled and wrapped around the equipment breaking parts, causing it to not operate properly. This would mean increased downtime for removing the bags and replacing broken parts.
When the equipment is not operating properly then bags can get into other materials and end up contaminating other loads of recycling. If the load of recycling has contamination, it becomes problematic for the manufacturer by affecting their equipment, creating an inferior product for to sell. Then they have to deal with customer dissatisfaction or they may have to dispose of the product if it cannot be sold. Therefore, a clean product to sell to the manufacturers is what we want to provide. This will ensure that our material gets recycled.
We encourage you to reduce your use of disposable plastic shopping bags by using reusable bags. Many people find that the reusable bags are stronger, sturdier and hold more groceries. The reusable bags don’t fall over as easily so you don’t have to repack your groceries. People find keeping the bags in their vehicle helps in having them handy when they head out to do some shopping.
Plastic bags can be returned to most grocery stores for recycling.
We recommend that you shred any paper items that contain personal information before you put it in your blue bag for curbside recycling. Shredded paper can be put in a blue bag along with other paper items including cardboard and boxboard.
Across Canada many curbside recycling programs require the use of blue bags. There are a number of reasons for this and some of them include: