Just got the following note from Cam at the RDOS about recycling. Garbage/recycling is one of the most expensive (and beneficial!) things we do at the RDOS. To minimize the costs for everyone, we ask you to do a little bit of work on your end, while you still have the item of waste in your hand.
Due to a resident’s concerns I went along West Bench Drive today. I checked over 20 recycle bags that were left. They were all left for contaminates in the recycling, which I confirmed. Materials that we cannot accept that are in the bags left today:
- Food waste, paper burger wrap and soiled napkin paper. All of our materials are touched by hand. Soiled materials can make people sick. They should not be placed in recycling.
- Soft plastics (see comment below for a definition). A common confusion is we do not take shopping bags but take all other bags made of plastic. That is not true. We don’t collect any soft plastics. There are depots for some soft plastics but not all. People should remove soft plastics from their recycling collection.
- Durable plastics. This includes plastic coat hangers, toys and other plastic items that are not packaging.
- Batteries. These are not collected but can be brought to Canadian Tire, RONA, London Drugs or the RDOS for recycling.
- Foam plastics such as Styrofoam or foam bedding.
- Glass which we banned many years ago.
Several residents are upset. They are welcome to contact me to discuss. Our drivers are doing their job.