Reg­u­lar garbage and re­cy­clables will be col­lected sep­a­rately

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— 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.

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