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All Edmonton residents can                                       Blue Bag recycling tips                                   What happens to my recyclables?
recycle through user-friendly                                    · Your blue bags are collected on the same                Material                  Recycled As...
recycling programs:                                                  day as your garbage. Both should be out
                                                                     before 7 a.m. on collection day.                      Newspaper                 newsprint, cellulose insulation,
                                                                                                                                                     boxboard and phone books
                                                                 ·   Keep your blue bags separate from your
    The Blue Bag program for                                         garbage on collection day.                            Cardboard                 cardboard, boxboard, building
1   houses, duplexes and                                         ·   See-through blue bags are available at most                                     paper and shingles
    fourplexes                                                       grocery and hardware stores. The City does not
                                                                                                                                                     office paper, building paper
                                                                                                                           White office paper
                                                                     sell blue bags.
                                                                                                                                                     and shingles
                                                                 ·   Flattened boxes can be placed under or beside
                                                                     your blue bags on collection day.                     Boxboard                  boxboard, shingles or
                                                                 ·   Use only see-through blue bags so collectors          (cereal boxes)            building paper
    The Blue Bin program
                                                                     can be sure the contents are recyclables.
2   for apartments, condos                                                                                                 Mixed                     shingles, building paper and
    and townhouses                                               ·   Each filled blue bag must be lighter                  (low-grade) paper         boxboard
                                                                     than 20 kg (44 lbs).
                                                                                                                           Magazines                 shingles, building paper and

                                                                                                                           Milk cartons              tissue paper and writing paper
    Recycling Depots throughout                                  Apartment Blue Bin recycling tips
    Edmonton for use by all                                                                                                Metal cans                tractor and grader blades and
3   residents and small                                          · Most apartment and condominium complexes
                                                                                                                                                     construction material (rebar)
    businesses                                                       have blue recycling bins placed on their site for     Glass                     fibreglass, reflective signs and
                                                                     convenient recycling. If you would like a blue                                  construction aggregate
                                                                     bin for your building, speak with your property
                                                                                                                           Aluminum                  aluminum cans and other
                                                                     manager or condo board. There is no extra
                                                                                                                                                     aluminum products
                                                                     charge for having a blue bin.
Just follow these simple steps:                                  ·   Just empty your clean loose recyclables into          Plastics                  plastic lumber, pails, carpet,
                                                                     your blue bin. They can be in untied plastic or                                 clothing and much more
1   Empty and clean
                                                                     paper bags. You do not need blue bags. Boxes
    Make sure all recyclables are empty and clean. Discard           should be flattened to save room in the bin.
    caps and lids. Labels do not need to be removed.                                                                       Call: 311
2   Flatten                                                                                                                Web:
    Flatten boxes and milk jugs. Discard packing                                                                           TTY: 780-944-555
    materials from inside boxes.                                 Recycling Depot tips
                                                                                                                           Using paper with 100% post-consumer fibre helped save trees
3   Bag your plastic bags                                        · The depots are one-way traffic only. Please             and water, wood and energy resources.
    Stuff your plastic bags into one grocery bag and tie             follow directional signs.
    the top closed.                                              · Dumping of garbage at Recycling Depots is                                    100% Post-Consumer Fibre
                                                                     illegal. It is also illegal to remove any materials                        100% Recycled
4   Recycle                                                          from the bins.
    Put items loosely into your blue bag or blue bin.

                                                             Source: Bylaw 13777
What can I recycle?                                                                                                                                  Recycling Depot Locations
                                                                                                                                                     The insert inside this brochure has an up-to-date list of
Below is a list of acceptable items for recycling in apartment blue bins, blue bags and                                                              Recycling Depot locations, which are subject to change.
at Recycling Depots. Any material not listed is probably not acceptable for recycling                                                                You can also find them by calling 311 or listed on the
                                                                                                                                                     web at
and should be put in your regular garbage or taken to an Eco Station.
                                                                                                                                                     Some sorting of material is
                       PAPER                                                METALS                                    PLASTICS                       required at Recycling Depots
                                                                                                                                                     Place all items in the appropriate bin.
  · newspaper, inserts, flyers, magazines,               · steel cans (soup, juice etc.)            · household bottles and containers (e.g. dish    1 Low grade paper
      catalogues and glossy paper                        · aluminum containers                          and clothing detergent, fabric softener,       (purple labelled bin)
  ·   white writing and computer paper (not                  (pie plates and take out containers)       vinegar and pill or vitamin bottles)
                                                                                                                                                       · envelopes, paper bags, paper egg cartons, loose
      shredded. Put shredded paper in the garbage)       ·   aluminum cans (beverages)              ·   pop, water and other beverage bottles             leaf paper, junk mail, greeting cards, paperback
  ·   greeting cards and non-foil gift wrap                                                         ·   milk jugs and windshield washer jugs              books and hard cover books (tear off hard covers
  ·   junk mail, paper bags,                             All metal containers must                  ·   ice cream pails                                   and discard)
      envelopes, paper egg                               be clean and dry                           ·   yogurt and margarine containers
      cartons, paperback and                                                                                                                         2 Magazines and newspaper
                                                         Discard lids or trap                       ·   plastic bags (including grocery and retail
      hard cover books (put                                                                                                                            (green labelled bin)
                                                         inside                                         bags), bread bags and dry cleaning bags
      hard cover in the garbage)
                                                         Labels are OK                                  (please stuff your plastic bags into         3 Cardboard and boxboard
      and phone books
                                                                                                        one bag and tie the top closed)                (blue labelled bin)
                                                                                                                                                     4 All other recyclables
                                                                                                    Discard caps and lids                              (red labelled bin)
                                                                                                    All plastics must be clean and dry                 · plastic containers, plastic bags,  milk cartons and
                                                                                                                                                          jugs, tetra paks, glass jars and bottles, metal cans
                 CARDBOARD                                                   GLASS                                                                        and aluminum pie plates/trays

  · cardboard boxes (cut to less than 1.2 metres         · jars (e.g. pickle, jam)                                                                   Recycle your natural
      [4 ft] long) – put packing materials in garbage    · bottles (e.g. all beverages, ketchup)                                                     Christmas tree
  ·   cereal and food boxes (remove and discard liner)
  ·   milk cartons (rinse with cold water and flatten)   Empty and clean                                                                             In mid-January single-family residents receive separate
  ·   shoe boxes and                                     Discard lids                                                                                curbside pickup of their natural Christmas trees, while
      similar boxes                                                                                                                                  multi-family residents can drop trees off at Recycling
                                                         Labels are OK
                                                                                                                                                     Depots. Edmontonians recycle about 30,000 trees every
  ·   juice boxes (tetra paks)                           No other type of glass or                                                                   year. Be sure to remove all tinsel, garland, nails, screws
                                                         ceramic items are acceptable                                                                and tree stands when you recycle yours.
  Flatten all boxes

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