Regular garbage and recyclables will be collected separately
— box packaging (boxboard), shoe boxes and gift boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened or bagged), pizza boxes, newspapers and flyers, magazines and catalogues, glossy paper and junk mail, computer, writing and bond paper, Post-it notes, phone books, envelopes, books, empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls, cardboard egg cartons, drink/coffee trays, and paper bags. • ALUMINUM CONTAINERS— pop and beer cans, disposable baking trays, pie plates, etc.
— soup, coffee, beans, tuna, cat food, etc.
— water, pop and liquor bottles; condiments: barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, honey, etc.; household cleaners: dish, laundry detergent, bleach, Windex, windshield wash, etc.; toiletries: shampoo, mouthwash, hand soap, contact lens solution, body wash etc.; medicine: Tylenol bottles, vitamins, cough syrup etc.; plastic tubs: butter, sour cream, ice cream etc.; yogurt containers, juice containers and plastic flower pots.
—milk and juice cartons, tetra paks. Source: Curb It Recycling St. John’s, Newfoundland
Currently, the Robin Hood Bay waste disposal/recycling facility in St. John’s charges $20 for every tonne of recyclable materials. But the facility charges $65.50 for every tonne of garbage.
How it works
Under the new system, household garbage such as table scraps and any non-recyclable wastes will still be collected at the curbside, the way they have been all along. However, the new system will require all solid household wastes to be sorted into three separate streams.
That simply means placing them into three separate garbage bags. All non-recyclable household waste, usually perishable food items, will go into one garbage bag, while the recyclables will be divided between the other two — one for paper products and the other for aluminum and plastic containers (see list of recyclables). The program will not include glass items. Davis said council plans to provide householders with information packages in the near future.
While the types of garbage bags to be used is among the details yet to be ironed out, it’s expected that seethrough bags will be required for recyclables.
It’s expected recyclables will be picked up every two weeks.
“We don’t want people to have to be putting garbage out every other day. And while both types of recyclables will be picked up at the same time, the contractor will have to keep them separated in the truck,” Davis said.
Admitting the added work involved in collecting three streams of waste is going to increase collection costs, Davis said, any increases there should be offset by savings in disposal fees at the other end.
Davis described the way garbage has been collected and disposed of as “not the most efficient use of tax dollars, and one that would eventually lead to a tax increase if costs continue to rise.”
Davis predicted that all municipalities will be required to offer curbside recycling in the coming years.