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Householders Guide - Sorting & Curbside Limits (pdf)





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Bag # 1 - Recyclable containers and plastic bags

Please do not mix paper in the same bag as blue bag recyclables.

The following items go in a blue bag:

  • All plastic containers, tubs and lids
  • All plastic bags including: grocery, retail, bread, dry cleaning & frozen food bags, bubble wrap.
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel & aluminum cans
  • Clean aluminum foil & plates
  • Paper milk cartons, Mini Sips & Tetra Juice Paks

*Deposit bearing beverage containers can also be returned to any ENVIRO-DEPOT™ for partial refund of the deposit paid.

Please place all caps in the garbage.  Why don't we recycle caps?

Bag # 2 - Paper Recycling

  • Dry and clean paper
  • Newspapers, flyers
  • Glossy magazines, catalogues
  • Envelopes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paperbacks & phone books
  • Boxboard (i.e. cereal boxes, cracker boxes) - NEW Effective August 1, 2015

Please note:

  • Paper products can be placed in any grocery/retail carry-out bag or a blue or clear bag.
    • Paper must be in a seperate bag from other recyclables.
  • Keep paper dry by placing a second retail bag over the open end.
  • Residents can continue to use boxboard for wet food waste in their green cart.

Flyer Delivery

  • If you do not wish to receive flyer delivery to your house please contact The Chronicle Herald. The Herald’s customer service number is 426-3031.

  • There are a number of media websites and mobile apps available (such as Flipp and reebee) that allow you to view local flyers on the go – look them up in your app store.

Corrugated Cardboard

Bundled - Place beside other recyclables

  • Corrugated cardboard-(corrugated cardboard is 'waffled' between the layers eg. appliance boxes, pizza boxes)
  • Fold boxes flat. Tie in bundles, approximately 2 ft x 3 ft x 8 inches

Blue Bags vs Blue Boxes

Blue bags have been part of our program since the 1990's. There are a number of reasons HRM uses blue bags and not blue boxes for our recyclables:

  • Blue box programs are typically more costly as materials are sorted curbside at the truck. With bags we can collect a greater variety of materials in less time and then sort them at the recycling facility at less cost. This makes the blue bag program collection more efficient than other collection systems.

  • Blue bags have no space limitations because you can use as many or as few as you need. If you miss a collection you do not have to worry about the box not being big enough to hold all the material.

  • Blue box programs have been shown to have higher rates of contamination as it is easier to 'hide' unacceptable material where it cannot be easily inspected.

  • Blue boxes leave material open to the elements, reducing the value of the material and causing litter issues on windy days. Blue bags keep material dry, with less contamination and of higher market value typically.

  • HRM's recycling plant (materials recovery facility or MRF) is designed to handle bagged material that is tipped onto the floor and transferred to a conveyor sorting system. If the material were not bagged, it would be much more challenging to control and transfer loose material to the conveyor sorting system.

    • All of the blue bags collected in HRM's curbside program are recycled along with the rest of the plastic film we receive.

  • Bags are more convenient as you don't have to bring them in at the end of the day and there is no concern over them going 'missing' or getting damaged which can happen to a blue box.