Reduce Reuse Recycle

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Reduce Reuse Recycle

A friend of mine from Turkey told me it took her an entire year to figure out recycling in Canada. She found the program overwhelming.

However, recycling is taking something that isn’t useful, like an empty can of pop or empty egg carton, and making it into something new instead of throwing it away. All municipalities in Grey and Bruce have recycling programs. Blue boxes are provided to residents of communities to put certain materials in for recycling. For a list of recycling dates in your area you can contact your municipality or go to their website.  I have included a list of items that can and can’t be recycled.  For additional blue boxes you can contact your municipality. Approximately 95% of Blue Box materials go on to be recycled into new products.

  • Aluminum foil (Aluminum foil, aluminum pie plates & baking containers)
  • Boxed beverage containers (Tetra Paks®, juice & soup boxes, gable top containers such as milk & juice cartons)
  • Glass bottles & jars (Clear or colored, food & beverage glass containers)
  • Metal food & beverage containers
  • Plastic bottles (Water, pop, juice, dish detergent, bleach, laundry detergent & shampoo bottles; flatten 15 L water jugs; caps go in garbage)
  • Plastic tubs & lids (Cottage cheese, cream cheese, dips, ice cream, margarine, & yogurt tubs)
  • Books (Hard & soft covered books & telephone books)
  • Boxboard (Cereal, detergent, tissue boxes, etc.; flatten; liners go in garbage)
  • Fine paper (Computer paper, writing paper, envelopes, newspapers, inserts & flyers, paper bags)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Corrugated cardboard (Tie in bundles no larger than 90cm x 90cm x 30cm
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