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Jun 08 2011

I bet you didn't know it was this easy...

Ok so recycling.  It's the easiest way to help save our world but people are under the impression it's difficult.  But I'm here to tell you differently.  If you use our curbside service...FANTASTIC!!!  If you choose to take your recyclables to drop-off centres at the mall for example, that's great too.  Either way, the following are some super easy ways you can recycle.

1.  Whichever option you choose, find a convenient place to collect recyclable items.  Most things come from the kitchen, so this makes for a good spot to set up a recycling center.

2.  If you use our curbside service, we give you 2 blue bins for your recyclables.  One for paper and cardboard, the other for plastics and tin.  We take glass too, so put it in a grocery bag and into the plastic bin as we can't compact it on our trucks.  If you take your recyclables to a drop-off centre, you can put your favorite old containers, bins, or baskets to use to store your recyclables.  Assign containers for glass, plastic, and aluminum.  To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass jars or cans that may have a sticky residue.

3.  If you haven't switched to reusable grocery bags yet, it's not a big deal.  We will pick up those bags as well as bags from clothing stores and the like in the plastic bin.  If you have a huge collection at home like I used to, take them back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber, which is what we do with the plastic we collect here.

4.  Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. We take any plastic item identified with a number between 1 and 7 in the triangle.

5.  This may take a bit of time, but you need to take off the caps as Sarcan will not accept them as of April 1, 2011.  And if you're feeling really ambitious, take the tabs off aluminum cans because they can be turned into a wheelchair.  You'd be surprised at how much kids actually like to do this Smile

6.  Newspapers, magazines, coloured and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry.  Stickers or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.

7.  Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools.  Click here to  to find a drop-off location in your area.

8.  Divvy up recycling duties among family members and sort items on a daily basis.  Make it fun!

9.  Print out this list of commonly recycled materials. Post it where you recycle for easy access.