Recycle Even More! Starting June 1, 2015, Put Plastic Film in the Blue Bin
Toronto’s Blue Bin recycling program, one of North America’s largest residential curbside recycling programs, will soon become even bigger and better with the addition of new types of soft plastic. The timing is perfect. The City uses the services of a state-of-the-art recycling processing facility located here in Toronto that is able to process these types of plastic. Another key factor is a stable market for selling soft plastic film is now established.
New acceptable items include:
- milk bags and outer bags;
- select types of bread bags (non-foil);
- sandwich bags (e.g. re-sealable type bags);
- bulk food bags (used for fruit, vegetables, nuts);
- dry cleaning bags;
- newspaper/flyer bags;
- fresh or frozen produce bags;
- over-wrap from toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, water/soft drink packaging, etc.
Please empty and rinse these plastic items to remove residue before placing in the Blue Bin.
This leaves only a few types of soft plastic material that cannot be recycled:
- All biodegradable plastic film materials
- Black plastic film
- Laminated plastic film (e.g. stand-up re-sealable pouch bags)
For more details, visit toronto.ca/recycling and to confirm where items go, check the Waste Wizard
If you need more room for your recyclables, upsize your Blue Bin for free. Make a Service Request online at toronto.ca/311 or phone 311.
When we each do our part to recycle as much as we can, we help increase our waste diversion rate and save valuable landfill space. We can also take pride in knowing that the extra plastic we are recycling will be made into other items such as plastic bags and plastic wood products. It’s a win-win all the way around.
New Items for Recycling
You can now recycle items such as:
- Clamshell containers (hinged, clear plastic containers used for food items such as berries and take-out)
- Clear fruit and vegetable containers
- Clear take-out food containers
- Moulded bakery item trays
- Plastic plates and glasses
- Egg cartons
- Cold beverage cups/lids
- Compact disk cases (empty)
For more details visit the City’s website.
Read about how local children from Jackman Public School helped make that happen.
Want to be a 3Rs Ambassador in Your Apartment or Condominium?
The City has a long-term goal to have one or a few 3Rs Ambassador Volunteers in each building. With approval from the building manager along with free resources and support from City staff, the 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer will do education and outreach campaigns.
The type of campaigns can vary to accommodate the building, as well as the volunteer. It can be as simple as putting up information posters in common areas or do bigger campaigns, such as organizing a clothing drive or a waste-free building event.
You can find out more on the City website.
While Waste Wizard focuses on solutions for residents receiving curbside collection, the basic sorting information is also applicable to those without curbside service, who should continue to follow their established building’s set out protocol.
Remember, solutions may exist outside of City-run programs. Donation is one example. Should the item you need to dispose of be in suitable condition to donate for reuse, please consult the City’s online.
You can find the waste wizard online.
Check Out What Happens To Your Recycling
Ever wondered where the recycling you give the City goes and what happens to it? Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes at one of Toronto’s recycling facilities where all your items are sorted and prepared to go to market.
The money the City receives from selling recyclables helps pay for all your waste diversion programs and services. The City partnered with Rogers TV to film this recycling story aired in the first episode of the new Rogers show “City Insider”.