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Changes coming to recycling

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 19 June 2017

Changes are coming to Brockville’s recycling programs, but city officials are waiting for the province to provide details.

City council’s finance, administration and operations committee on Tuesday will get an update from staff on the provincial government’s new legislative framework for managing waste, the Waste Free Ontario Act.

That act, notes the staff report, “aims for full producer responsibility for designated waste materials, meaning the producers of these materials would need to manage the recycling or end-of-life processes, or cover 100 per cent of the costs associated with managing the waste.”

The province’s aim, the city report notes, is to create a “circular economy.”

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Some surprises at Talking Trash

Transition Brockville / 08 August 2016

Talking Trash 2016 IMG_0383There were some surprises at the Talking Trash event, held in partnership with the City of Brockville on July 24. Did you know that take-out coffee cups are not recyclable? Lyndsay Price, the City’s solid waste officer, clarified the best handling for a number of items questioned by our visitors.

  • Waxed Paper: GARBAGE, as it cannot break down properly for the recycling. May be used for compost instead.
  • Plastic Bags: GARBAGE. Try to reduce plastic bag waste or reuse them if possible. Some stores also have special drop-offs for recycling plastic bags, so save them to drop-off next time you go in. Check out this website for further reference: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s01/s01_search.html.
  • Tin Foil: RECYCLE, if reasonably clean.
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Is recycling worth it?

Mother Earth News / Joanna Poncavage / February/March 2015

recycling-centerSo, is recycling worth it? In short, yes. But, to keep it effective, the way we think about waste must shift away from mindless consumption. Even as we’re recycling more, we’re creating more garbage — 4.38 pounds per person per day in 2012, up 63 percent from 2.68 pounds in 1960. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the total amount of garbage for the same period increased by 183 percent, from 88.1 million tons in 1960 to 251 million tons in 2012.

To cut back on most materials, adopt a BYOC mentality: Bring Your Own Containers, such as cloth sacks or glass jars, to grocery stores for transporting produce, bulk foods, and meats and cheeses from the deli counter. Take containers to restaurants for carting home leftovers. Purchase reusable drink canisters. Try your hand at making your own condiments, body care concoctions and cleaning products. Read on to find extra reduction tips for when you can’t cut consumption.

When you do recycle, keep in mind that some substances are more worthwhile to recycle than others, depending on the energy required to extract the raw material, and the environmental footprint the substance leaves behind. Following is a list of materials, information about the worth of recycling each one, and tips for how to follow the Three R’s in the right order: reduce, reuse, and, finally, recycle.

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Let’s Talk Trash!

Transition Brockville / 15 July 2016

SteamPunked Tea Pot Lamp_sOn a sunny summer Sunday afternoon, what could be more fun than taking the family cycling down the new Brock Trail extension to St. Lawrence Park for a swim, an ice cream cone and a good hands-on education in what’s trash and what’s recyclable among the stuff that clutters our homes and garages?

“Talking Trash,” a free public event being held the afternoon of July 24 in the West Pavilion at St. Lawrence Park will help everyone figure out where they can dispose of items from batteries to cell phones, old clothes to old paint. Come with photos or electronic images of the items you need to recycle or dispose of and show them to the city’s solid waste coordinator, Lyndsay Price.

Price is only one of the people who’ll be on hand that day to inspire citizens to reduce, re-use, recycle and properly dispose of stuff. Sponsored by Transition Brockville, Talking Trash also features a display of Tasha Thorpe’s “Steampunk” art from recycled items; Habitat for Humanity, which recycles household items and construction materials; and Butler’s Creek Community Garden, showing kids how to make seedling pots from recycled newsprint.

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Ontario passes new Waste-Free Ontario Act

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 June 2016

ontario_logoTo help divert more waste from landfill, the province has passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act that will:

  • encourage innovation in recycling processes and require producers to take full responsibility for their products and packaging
  • lower recycling costs and give consumers access to more convenient recycling options
  • help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas pollution that results from the landfilling of products that could otherwise be recycled or composted
  • overhaul Waste Diversion Ontario into the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, a strong oversight body with new compliance and enforcement powers that will oversee the new approach and existing waste diversion programs until transition is complete.

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What type of recycler are you?

Recycle Coach

recycle coach logoThis quiz takes about 5 minutes to complete. Answer honestly for best results.

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