FameThrowa sent me a fantastic link on the weekend. Apparently the City of Ottawa is now taking a much wider range of plastics in our blue boxes.
As you may know, I am obsessive about what can and can’t go in our blue and black boxes. Some might even say judgemental. It’s not so much about “saving the earth” or whatever, it’s much more about my need to follow the rules. The rules are there for a reason! They must be obeyed! OBEY THE RULES, PEOPLE.
I think it’s great news that more can go in the blue box now. It’s not going to be a huge saver in terms of diverted waste, but the city is hoping that by removing some restrictions it will make recycling easier for people, and more people will participate in the program at a general level.
Does anyone actually not recycle anymore? Seriously?
Anyway…here’s what they are now taking (probably not a complete and exhaustive list, but hopefully giving you the idea):
IN – any food, beverage, or toiletry container marked with the recycling symbol and any number from 1 through 7 in the middle; margarine or yogurt tubs and their lids; individual sized yogurt or applesauce containers; plastic containers used to package produce like strawberries or lettuce, or used to hold baking-area cookies or eggs, that sort of thing; flower flats and pots; and pails from pool supplies (please remove metal handle).
OUT – plastic bags; styrofoam including meat trays; plastic bubble packaging (like when you buy something and it has a cardboard backing, with a plastic part glued to the front to hold the item inside – the cardboard can go in the black box but the plastic part is garbage); any hard plastic toys or kitchenware, makeup bottles, motor oil bottles.
IN – cans of all kinds; metal lids from glass jars; frozen juice containers, pringles tubes, and anything else with a metal end; tin foil that has been rinsed clean; metal trays from take-out that have been rinsed clean (but the cardboard lids are garbage).; paint cans that have been cleaned out; aerosol cans like for hairspray or whipping cream (news to me, too!)
OUT – hangers, pots and pans, screws and hardware, electronics, appliances, and generally anything else made of metal.
IN – jars and bottles of all kinds and colours.
OUT – glasses, plates, bowls, and kitchen baking dishes, light bulbs, windows, any broken pieces.
IN – milk and juice cartons; tetra packs for drinks, soup, milk.
So, let’s get to it!