Lo­cal depot ex­pe­ri­ences im­pact of global re­cy­cling changes

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

The chang­ing global mar­ket for re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als means cer­tain items might no longer be ac­cepted at lo­cal re­cy­cling de­pots.

Swift Cur­rent Coun­cil­lor Ron Toles asked for an up­date on ma­te­ri­als that are re­cy­cled in the city at a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, July 29.

He re­quested the in­for­ma­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing a num­ber of calls in re­cent weeks from res­i­dents, es­pe­cially with re­gard to the re­cy­cling of plas­tics.

Mitch Minken, the City’s gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture and op­er­a­tions, pro­vided an over­view of the sit­u­a­tion and the var­i­ous re­cy­cling op­tions in the city.

“Plas­tics are be­com­ing a real prob­lem for the re­cy­cling in­dus­try,” he said. “There is no mar­ket and no re­cy­cling use for a few items. Our re­cy­cling ven­dor has in­formed us that they are no longer go­ing to be ac­cept­ing th­ese items, as they have no place to go.”

Re­cy­clable plas­tic prod­ucts are marked with the re­cy­cling sym­bol and a num­ber inside this logo. The City’s multi-ma­te­rial re­cy­cling depot still ac­cepts plas­tic prod­ucts marked with the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7, but those with the numbers 1 and 6 are not ac­cepted.

“Six has never re­ally been ac­cepted,” he noted. “That’s ba­si­cally sty­ro­foam. That’s never been a re­cy­clable prod­uct. So that’s noth­ing new.”

The re­cy­cling depot is also not ac­cept­ing hard plas­tics with­out a num­ber, plas­tic films and plas­tic bags, in­clud­ing the typ­i­cal gro­cery bags.

“So please en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get your use­able gro­cery bags and save us from hav­ing to put those prod­ucts in our land­fill,” he said.

The dif­fer­ent plas­tics that are still ac­cepted need to be cleaned with caps re­moved. The num­ber 2 plas­tics must be sorted into clear or coloured. Clean milk jugs can be taken to SARCAN for re­fund.

“Any con­tainer that takes a de­posit is avail­able to go to SARCAN,” he said.

Minken men­tioned that glass is an­other item not ac­cepted at the re­cy­cling depot due to a lack of de­mand in the re­cy­cling mar­ket.

“There’s no use for glass at this time as well,” he said. “At this time, we have been stock­pil­ing for quite a long time at our land­fill and I know other land­fills are stock­pil­ing, but at this time there is no use.”

Other ma­te­ri­als that are not ac­cepted for re­cy­cling are used tis­sues or pa­per tow­els of any kind, soiled card­board, in­clud­ing used pizza boxes and food con­tain­ers or coffee cups, and glossy pa­per.

The fol­low­ing ma­te­ri­als can be taken to the re­cy­cling depot: Tin cans (rinsed, la­bels re­moved and flat­tened), news­pa­per, of­fice pa­per, tele­phone books (re­move cover and glossy pages), box board and cor­ru­gated card­board, dry cell (non-re­cy­clable) bat­ter­ies, wet cell (non-re­cy­clable) bat­ter­ies, in­clud­ing car bat­ter­ies, ce­real boxes, and non per­ish­able food boxes.

Minken re­ferred to some of the other con­sumer prod­ucts that can be taken to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the city for re­cy­cling. Heavy metal and steel ap­pli­ances can go to lo­cal steel re­cy­clers, old cell­phones can be taken to Sta­ples or SaskTel, SARCAN takes elec­tron­ics, any used oil, an­tifreeze, fil­ters and con­tain­ers can be taken to Tune-a-Matic’s eco cen­tre, and lo­cal phar­ma­cies will ac­cept phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

“There are many op­tions and I would en­cour­age any­one that’s won­der­ing about where we’re at, which re­cy­cling, to please visit our web­site,” he said. “There’s a wealth of in­for­ma­tion on our web­site about the items we do re­cy­cle and the other re­cy­cling op­tions that are avail­able within our city.”

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