Effective immediately, what you can now put in your blue recycling bag has changed.
As of fall, 2018, blue bags containing items no longer accepted will not be collected. Due to global recycling changes, certain items that we once collected no longer have a market to be made into new products. This changes what we can accept curbside for recycling.
We understand that change takes time, and we appreciate your efforts as we work together to clean up the blue bags as soon as possible. As of September 2018, only blue bags with the correct items listed below will be collected.
All items must be clean and free of foods, liquids and dirt.
Only blue bags with the correct items listed below will be collected. All items must be clean and free of food, liquids and dirt.
Refer to our detailed sorting list for more information.
Before you recycle, try to reduce and reuse first. Here are some simple steps you can take to cut back on waste and your use of plastics:
Processors are adapting to sudden global recycling changes. Certain materials cannot be collected or else we risk entire batches of good recycling material going to landfill because of contamination.
North America’s demand for convenient recycling programs has led to the mass marketing of low grade mixed paper and mixed plastics being sent overseas to be further processed and recycled. Convenience led to lower quality and contaminated materials.
In the past few years, international markets and China, in particular, have begun turning away entire barges of recyclables. Why? Contamination. Now, loads of paper and plastics are screened and many are being turned away.
In 2017, China essentially made a policy to demonstrate that they would no longer act as the world’s trash dump.
The majority of recyclables still fall under the acceptable items category. It is important to place this material in your blue bag so that it can be recycled to prevent over-filling of our landfills and the use of unnecessary energy and resources to make new products.
USE YOUR GREEN CART: Did you know that 40% of what is still being thrown out in our black carts is organics? The bulk of this material is food waste (edible and inedible) and compostable paper products (e.g. napkins, tissues and paper towel). Try to maximize space in your black cart by ensuring everything that is organics or an acceptable blue bag item is placed in the right spot.
Donate materials and use the Devon Recycle Depot. Items like clothing and textiles can be placed in various bins across Devon.
Clear blue bags are see-through, so collectors can quickly scan the contents for contaminants and unacceptable materials.
Blue bags keep recycling contained, so it does not end up all over your street on windy days or if your recycling is accidentally dumped when being collected. They are easier for collectors to see and handle. They can easily spot the bags and easily toss them into the recycling truck versus the strain of dealing with a reusable container.
Clear blue bags allow for unlimited quantities of recycling to be placed out for collection. Blue carts limit the amount of recycling to the cart size, as well as requires additional storage of a third cart on the customers’ property.
Although the blue plastic bags have difficult markets right now, the benefit of using them for collection far outweighs not.
Often caps and lids are not made with the same type of plastics as the container, bottle or tub. By leaving it on, it can cause the item to be unmarketable and contaminate the load.
YES. The acceptable item list applies to the Devon Recycle Depot as well.
Yes, Devon works closely with other municipalities as a member the Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee, the Recycling Council of Alberta, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and Rural Municipalities of Alberta. The recycling industry challenges have been a topic of discussion amongst these organizations.
Many municipalities in Alberta are facing these same challenges and will be making changes to their programs.