Being an expert recycler is within your grasp! Here are some helpful tips to make sure all your recyclables travel through the recycling system with ease and get repurposed into a new material.
- Always ensure the right materials are being sorted and separated. Not sure what goes where? Check your municipality’s website for guidance.
- Hazardous waste, such as propane cylinders and batteries, are dangerous if put in your recycling container. Visit MakeTheDrop.ca to find a safe disposal drop-off location near you.
- Don’t put organics and food scraps in your recycling container – they can contaminate your clean recyclables!
- Don’t bag your recyclables. Let them go loose in your blue bin.
- Keep a recycling container in different rooms around the house to encourage recycling everywhere!
- Take a second to rinse out all your containers before placing them in the recycling bin. That includes, jars, jugs, cans, cartons, bottles etc.
- Clean, dry paper is best for recycling. Remove any food or product residue before placing paper in recycling.
Recycle by Season
Holidays are a special time, but these materials should never go in your recycling container:
- Holiday decorations and lights – they get tangled up and halt operations.
- Pumpkins, candy and chip wrappers.
- Flowers and the crinkly plastic they come in.
- Toys and games – donate them instead!
- Ribbons, bows and foil gift wrap – paper gift wrap is okay!