It’s still worth it to recycle and important to recycle right

Sponsored content Jun 27, 2022 Metroland Media

Recycling helps to conserve natural resources and to keep waste out of the landfill, while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Despite changes in global recycling markets that have resulted in an oversupply of recycling material, with fewer markets where some materials can be sold, the City of Toronto’s blue bin recycling program remains strong. The city is fortunate to have access to a lot of domestic recycling markets and is still able to sell its material to be made into something new. The majority of the material from the city’s blue bins (approximately 86 per cent in 2021) goes to markets in Canada and the U.S. Only a small portion of the city’s recycling (about 14 per cent in 2021) goes overseas and when it does, it is done through reputable brokers to ensure it is being recycled.

If you're wondering if it’s still worth it to recycle, it is, and it’s increasingly important to recycle right. The city manages recycling from all single-family homes, about 60 per cent of the multi-residential sector and a limited number of non-residential establishments, such as small businesses. Last year, 100,939 tonnes of recycling collected through the blue bin program was sold to markets to be made into something new.

Some statistics circulating over the past few years suggest that nothing actually gets recycled, and that plastics in particular have very low recycling rates. While recycling rates vary across different sectors, it’s important to note that residential recycling rates are typically much higher than those in the industrial, institutional and commercial sector. The city’s recycling rates overall and for plastics are actually quite high. The majority of the items (87 per cent in 2021) put in the blue bin that are supposed to be there (i.e. accepted in the program) are recovered and shipped to markets to be made into something new. However, there is still the issue of a lot of material being put into blue bins that shouldn’t be (items not accepted in the recycling program).

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the amount of garbage and non-recyclable items in the city’s blue bin program. This is called recycling contamination and it costs the city millions of dollars each year. It can also damage equipment and cause workplace injuries at the recycling facility and ruin otherwise perfectly good recyclables. Approximately one-third of what is put in the blue bin overall is not accepted in the program or was ruined as a result of the wrong items being put into the bin. Examples of contamination include black plastic, clothing and other textiles, items labelled as compostable or biodegradable, and food waste, which can ruin paper and cardboard, making it no longer recyclable.

So what can Toronto residents do to recycle right? Here are some simple tips:

• When in doubt about where something goes, check the Waste Wizard, the city’s search tool with instructions on how to dispose of over 2,000 items. It’s available at toronto.ca/wastewizard or by downloading the TOwaste app. You can also call 311 at any time.

• Empty and rinse food containers and be sure to put the lids back on before tossing them in the recycling bin. This will help to prevent paper and cardboard in the recycling bin from getting ruined and becoming non-recyclable.

• Separate plastic bags/over-wrap from newspapers, flyers, magazines, and water and soft drink cases, and recycle them separately.

To learn more about what does and does not go in the recycling, visit toronto.ca/recycleright.

Reduction and reuse are also important as the less waste produced, the less there is to manage and the smaller the environmental impacts. Learn simple ways to reduce your waste at: toronto.ca/reduce-reuse.

Disclaimer: This content was funded and approved by the advertiser.

It’s still worth it to recycle and important to recycle right

Sponsored content Jun 27, 2022 Metroland Media

Recycling helps to conserve natural resources and to keep waste out of the landfill, while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Despite changes in global recycling markets that have resulted in an oversupply of recycling material, with fewer markets where some materials can be sold, the City of Toronto’s blue bin recycling program remains strong. The city is fortunate to have access to a lot of domestic recycling markets and is still able to sell its material to be made into something new. The majority of the material from the city’s blue bins (approximately 86 per cent in 2021) goes to markets in Canada and the U.S. Only a small portion of the city’s recycling (about 14 per cent in 2021) goes overseas and when it does, it is done through reputable brokers to ensure it is being recycled.

If you're wondering if it’s still worth it to recycle, it is, and it’s increasingly important to recycle right. The city manages recycling from all single-family homes, about 60 per cent of the multi-residential sector and a limited number of non-residential establishments, such as small businesses. Last year, 100,939 tonnes of recycling collected through the blue bin program was sold to markets to be made into something new.

Some statistics circulating over the past few years suggest that nothing actually gets recycled, and that plastics in particular have very low recycling rates. While recycling rates vary across different sectors, it’s important to note that residential recycling rates are typically much higher than those in the industrial, institutional and commercial sector. The city’s recycling rates overall and for plastics are actually quite high. The majority of the items (87 per cent in 2021) put in the blue bin that are supposed to be there (i.e. accepted in the program) are recovered and shipped to markets to be made into something new. However, there is still the issue of a lot of material being put into blue bins that shouldn’t be (items not accepted in the recycling program).

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the amount of garbage and non-recyclable items in the city’s blue bin program. This is called recycling contamination and it costs the city millions of dollars each year. It can also damage equipment and cause workplace injuries at the recycling facility and ruin otherwise perfectly good recyclables. Approximately one-third of what is put in the blue bin overall is not accepted in the program or was ruined as a result of the wrong items being put into the bin. Examples of contamination include black plastic, clothing and other textiles, items labelled as compostable or biodegradable, and food waste, which can ruin paper and cardboard, making it no longer recyclable.

So what can Toronto residents do to recycle right? Here are some simple tips:

• When in doubt about where something goes, check the Waste Wizard, the city’s search tool with instructions on how to dispose of over 2,000 items. It’s available at toronto.ca/wastewizard or by downloading the TOwaste app. You can also call 311 at any time.

• Empty and rinse food containers and be sure to put the lids back on before tossing them in the recycling bin. This will help to prevent paper and cardboard in the recycling bin from getting ruined and becoming non-recyclable.

• Separate plastic bags/over-wrap from newspapers, flyers, magazines, and water and soft drink cases, and recycle them separately.

To learn more about what does and does not go in the recycling, visit toronto.ca/recycleright.

Reduction and reuse are also important as the less waste produced, the less there is to manage and the smaller the environmental impacts. Learn simple ways to reduce your waste at: toronto.ca/reduce-reuse.

Disclaimer: This content was funded and approved by the advertiser.

It’s still worth it to recycle and important to recycle right

Sponsored content Jun 27, 2022 Metroland Media

Recycling helps to conserve natural resources and to keep waste out of the landfill, while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Despite changes in global recycling markets that have resulted in an oversupply of recycling material, with fewer markets where some materials can be sold, the City of Toronto’s blue bin recycling program remains strong. The city is fortunate to have access to a lot of domestic recycling markets and is still able to sell its material to be made into something new. The majority of the material from the city’s blue bins (approximately 86 per cent in 2021) goes to markets in Canada and the U.S. Only a small portion of the city’s recycling (about 14 per cent in 2021) goes overseas and when it does, it is done through reputable brokers to ensure it is being recycled.

If you're wondering if it’s still worth it to recycle, it is, and it’s increasingly important to recycle right. The city manages recycling from all single-family homes, about 60 per cent of the multi-residential sector and a limited number of non-residential establishments, such as small businesses. Last year, 100,939 tonnes of recycling collected through the blue bin program was sold to markets to be made into something new.

Some statistics circulating over the past few years suggest that nothing actually gets recycled, and that plastics in particular have very low recycling rates. While recycling rates vary across different sectors, it’s important to note that residential recycling rates are typically much higher than those in the industrial, institutional and commercial sector. The city’s recycling rates overall and for plastics are actually quite high. The majority of the items (87 per cent in 2021) put in the blue bin that are supposed to be there (i.e. accepted in the program) are recovered and shipped to markets to be made into something new. However, there is still the issue of a lot of material being put into blue bins that shouldn’t be (items not accepted in the recycling program).

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the amount of garbage and non-recyclable items in the city’s blue bin program. This is called recycling contamination and it costs the city millions of dollars each year. It can also damage equipment and cause workplace injuries at the recycling facility and ruin otherwise perfectly good recyclables. Approximately one-third of what is put in the blue bin overall is not accepted in the program or was ruined as a result of the wrong items being put into the bin. Examples of contamination include black plastic, clothing and other textiles, items labelled as compostable or biodegradable, and food waste, which can ruin paper and cardboard, making it no longer recyclable.

So what can Toronto residents do to recycle right? Here are some simple tips:

• When in doubt about where something goes, check the Waste Wizard, the city’s search tool with instructions on how to dispose of over 2,000 items. It’s available at toronto.ca/wastewizard or by downloading the TOwaste app. You can also call 311 at any time.

• Empty and rinse food containers and be sure to put the lids back on before tossing them in the recycling bin. This will help to prevent paper and cardboard in the recycling bin from getting ruined and becoming non-recyclable.

• Separate plastic bags/over-wrap from newspapers, flyers, magazines, and water and soft drink cases, and recycle them separately.

To learn more about what does and does not go in the recycling, visit toronto.ca/recycleright.

Reduction and reuse are also important as the less waste produced, the less there is to manage and the smaller the environmental impacts. Learn simple ways to reduce your waste at: toronto.ca/reduce-reuse.

Disclaimer: This content was funded and approved by the advertiser.