The collection program for the curb remains largely unchanged after changes to acceptable plastics
Lloydminster, AB / SK – Changes to the recycling stream of the City of Lloydminster’s curb collection program went into effect earlier this month.
As such, the city will continue to accept rigid (hard) plastics No. 1 and No. 2 (excluding all hinged plastic containers), mixed paper / cardboard, cardboard, pawns, and aluminum and tin cans.
What are the changes?
- Soft plastics # 3, # 4, # 5, # 6 and # 7 are no longer accepted.
- Plastic containers that can be opened are no longer accepted.
- Due to its small size, shredded paper is not easily recyclable and cannot go through sorting machines without causing jams and damage. For this reason, it is ideally suited for composting and must be placed in the green organic wagon.
- If you want to bag the paper before placing it in the organic shopping cart, you have to make sure that it is in a certified compostable bag, as blue bags are not compostable.
Apart from the changes mentioned, the program remains largely the same. Paper, cardboard, beverage packaging and hard plastic No. 1 and No. 2 make up 96 percent of the recycling stream that residents can still put in blue bags. The non-rigid plastics # 3, # 4, # 5, # 6, and # 7 make up four percent of the total recycling stream.
New door knockers with a roadside checklist and a map will be given personally to each apartment participating in the roadside collection program. These will help create clarity and ensure residents have the right information to efficiently use all three streams of the program: waste, organics and recycling.
To ensure collection, residents must ensure that:
- Carts and recycling bags must be on the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of collection
- Carts and bags must be at least 1 meter apart
- Car lids must be closed with no additional bags or loose material outside the car
- No parking in front of the cart and bags until pick-up.
For more information on the new curbside collection program, please visit Lloydminster.ca/curbside.
Tips for reducing plastic waste at home.
Single-use plastics are so common that trying to avoid them can be a daunting task. To get involved and reduce plastic waste in the home, try the following:
- Reuse or repurpose objects. If it’s still in usable condition, donate it.
- Wash and reuse plastic containers and resealable plastic bags.
- Buy or make reusable products and grocery bags – A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to break down.
- Shop at farmers markets and look for items in stores that have less non-recyclable packaging.
- Avoid single-use plastics and plastics that local recycling programs cannot recycle, including black plastics, plastic packaging made from mixed materials such as food / beverage bags and hinged plastic containers, dishes, straws and utensils.
- Avoid buying biodegradable plastics – these only break down into small pieces and place a significant burden on our environment.
- Invest in reusable drinking bottles or mugs and avoid bottled water.
- Swap soap bottles for soap bars or soap powder.
- Return of refundable beverage containers to the bottle depot. You can even drop them off at the depot to donate to fundraising drives.
For more information on the City of Lloydminster’s Curbside Collection program, maps and timetables, please visit Lloydminster.ca/curbside.
Why the changes to the recycling program?
China was the world’s largest waste importer for decades, which changed when the country’s government introduced the National Sword Policy on January 1, 2018. which has impacted global recycling efforts. The City of Lloydminster is aware of the unprecedented situation of the recycling industry, mainly driven by new purity / quality requirements for recycled products and the declining market for certain types of plastic.
The new program went into effect on April 1, 2020 after the city and GFL Environmental Inc. were involved, however, pandemic-related public health measures made it difficult to implement the program at Lloydminster.
Did you know already?
More than 8,300 single and multi-family houses take part in the curb collection program? Since its inception in April 2013, the program has diverted over 13,400 tons from the landfill.