Residents can continue to use boxboard for wet food waste in their green cart. All that boxboard is not required in the compost system and can be broken down and recycled with paper. This too frees up capacity at our organics facilities.
There is NO FEE to drop these items off for recycling.
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.
Testing. I see two boxes that say x close in them. Would this be on all pages.?