Blue bin dos and donts City of Regina checking bins to educate

BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post Related City bringing new recycling pilot project to leisure centres Blue bin blues: Finding solutions to an ailing recycling industry Right now, Wilson said around 11 per cent of what ends up in the recycling cannot be processed. These items have to be sorted out and taken to the landfill by workers at the recycling processing plant, lengthening the process and upping the cost. She also reminded residents to leave their recycling loose in the bin instead of putting it in garbage bags as this also slows down processing.By letting people know where they could be improving, Wilson hopes the program will encourage people to recycle more and recycle right, saving the city some cash and keeping more waste out of the landfill. It will also give the city a chance to gather data on which items confuse people the most.Wilson reassured residents that city workers will not be digging through recycling carts or dumping anything out, but simply opening the lid and looking at what is on top.The program will run for six weeks, wrapping up at the end of Pat Wilson, director of water, waste and environmental services for the City of Regina, speaks to reporters about new efforts to educate people on what they can and can’t put in their curbside recycling bins during a media event at a city property on McIntyre Street. As part of a city-wide education program, residents could soon see a pair of city workers flipping open the lid of their blue recycling bin and peering inside, looking for any any items that shouldn’t be there.Starting next week, the City of Regina is launching the CartSmart Program, where workers will be checking recycling bins. Bins with improper items will be given an “oops” tag clarifying what residents could improve on, and bins given the all clear will receive a “good job” sticker.Pat Wilson, director of water, waste and environmental services for the city, said even though the city’s recycling program has been in place since 2013, there is still some confusion about what should be sorted into the blue bin and what goes in the trash.“This program will give us a chance to find out what kinds of things are causing people problems and what we can do to better help people get the right things in the right places,” she said.“Folks might have come from another city where, for example, flimsy plastics like plastic bags might be accepted in one program, but our program doesn’t accept those just because of the kind of processing plant we have. Those flimsy plastics wrap around the equipment and damage it.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Common items to avoid recycling include stretchy plastic bags like grocery bags, crinkly plastic packaging like chip bags, paper disposable cups and food and yard waste.

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