COVID Times Are Difficult But It Does Not Have to Be A Waste
In this pandemic, it is easy to get cabin fever and spring clean your entire property for weeks on end. However, it should not mean that whenever your waste bin is full it is acceptable to fill you recycling bin with everything in sight. Unfortunately, the type of behaviour has become too common and it is hurting everyone's recycling efforts. For the sake of our planet and the initiatives to minimize the world’s carbon footprint, we invite you to Rediscover Recycling, it’s essential.
Rediscover Recycling - It’s Essential
We are calling attention to the planet we live on and the importance of recycling efforts that reduce pollution and in turn, allow for natural resources to be better conserved. Recycling reduces material placed into landfill and entering our oceans. Recycling also reduces greenhouse gasses that enter the atmosphere. Each one of us can lead by example, and through our actions bring about meaningful change that begins in our homes and extends to our towns, cities, forests and oceans.
Recycling is essential to so many positive outcomes, and it depends on all of us doing our part every day of the year. Recently, we have seen an increase in items that should never be found in recycling bins. Things like laundry tubs, exhaust pipes, tools, filing cabinets, garden hoses, lawn chairs, broken windows, dishes, utensils, solar blankets, and many more. These items often break our equipment, stopping production for hours. Every hour of lost production comes at a cost of over $2,000 per hour to the residents. It costs everyone over a half a million dollars last year.
Recycling works better when we all do it correctly.
Some materials are not recyclable so not including them in the bins saves time and energy. Only printed materials (newspaper, magazine, flyers, junk mail), paper packaging (cardboard, boxboard), and plastic, metal, and glass packaging such as bottles, jars, and can should be placed in your recycling bin.
Rinse plastics when recycling, try not to leave any food or residue in the containers
Paper products should be free of plastic materials such as tape
Do not bag your recyclables unless it is shredded paper or a bag full of shopping bags.