THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENCE

New Recycling & Waste Management System

This system will help save taxpayer dollars and the environment. New, automated technology will help reduce waste collection costs and will increase your recycling efforts so less waste ends up in the Town’s landfill. Download our guide.

Overview

The system allows for one vehicle to pick up both household waste and recyclables at the same time in a split bodied vehicle. An automated arm lifts and empties the waste bin into the vehicle’s waste compartment.

The arm then lifts and empties the recycling bin into the recycling compartment.
At the landfill, the vehicle’s waste compartment is emptied first. Because sorting of recyclables is not necessary with the new system, recycling is much easier. This means less waste in the landfill.

The vehicle then empties the recycling compartment into the transfer station that will then be transported to a municipal recycling transfer station.

Two Bins

Each home has received a green bin for household waste and a larger blue bin for recyclables in 2012.   New build home can purchase bin at the Town Hall.  Should you damage, missing bins or lost you can purchase a new bins and we will make arrangement to delivery.

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. On your regular weekly waste collection day, take both green waste and blue recycling bins to the curb if they are full.
  2. Take the blue recycling bin to the curb and place it on the left of the green bin.
  3. Make sure to leave at least two feet between the bins.
  4. Make sure to place both bins as shown in the graphic.
  5. Make sure you place both bins facing the street.
  6. Place all acceptable recyclables in the blue bin. Do not pack recyclables tightly in the
    blue bin. Cut down corrugated and cardboard before placing in the blue bin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will my household waste and recycling be collected?

    Both household waste and recyclables will be collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your regularly scheduled collection day.

  • Do I have to sort my recycling?

    No. Sorting of recyclables is not necessary. However, do not tightly pack recyclables in the blue bin.

    Do cut down corrugated/card board down.

  • Where do I place the bins?

    Place bins at least two feet apart with the blue bin on the left side of the green bin. Make sure both bins are two feet from the curb or gutter line and that both bins are facing the street.  In the winter, place the bins in an open area at the end of your driveway.

  • What do I do if the bins are too heavy for me?

    Bins should be tilted and wheeled to the curb, not carried.

  • Where do I place the bins if I have no driveway?

    Place the bins in front of your home, two feet away from the street.

  • What if I have no recyclables? Do I still have to place the blue bin at the curb?

    No.

  • If my recycling bin is not full, do I still have to bring to the curb?

    You may opt to wait until your recycling bin is full before bringing it to the curb.

Blue Recycling Program

Examples: Glass bottles and jars used for food or drink

Tips

  • Rinse containers
  • Labels can be left on
  • Remove any lids and place both containers and lids in the blue box
  • Do not include drinking glasses, dishes, crystal, window glass or light bulbs

2) Metal Containers and Empty:

Examples: Food cans, chip and nut cans, coffee cans, and also cardboard cans such as frozen juice and refrigerated dough cans.

TIPS:

  • Rinse cans and push lids down inside
  • Remove any plastic or aluminum lids or seals

3) Empty Aerosol Cans:

Examples: Shaving cream, hairspray, cooking sprays, air fresheners

TIPS:

  • Remove plastic lids and dispose of in your household waste

4) Aluminum:

Examples: Soda cans, plates, foil, trays

TIPS:

  • Rinse items before placing them in your blue box
  • Do not crush cans

5) Plastics #1 to #7

Examples:

  • Plastics include drink bottles, peanut butter jars, and mouthwash bottles
  • Plastics include shampoo bottles and liquid laundry and dish detergent bottles
  • Plastics include shrink wrap, garment bags, and coffee can lids
  • Plastics include margarine containers, ketchup bottles, etc.

TIPS:

  • Rinse all containers
  • Look for the recycling symbols to determine which class the plastic belongs to
  • Do not place plastic motor oil containers in your blue box

6) Polystyrene Foam #6:

Examples: Take-out containers, foam meat trays, foam egg cartons, foam plates and cups, white foam packaging used to pack electronics

TIPS:

  • Items have the symbol
  • Ensure material is broken down
  • Do not include any dirty foam, foam peanuts, or treated foam for fire retardant (thermal insulation)

7) NO PLASTIC BAGS OF ANY KIND:

Examples: Grocery bags, vegetable bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, milk bags

8) Polycoat Containers:

Examples: Juice, milk and cream cartons

TIPS:

  • Rinse all items before placing them in your blue box

9) Aseptic Containers:

Examples: Packaged milk, juice, soy beverages, sauces, soup broth, cream, wine boxes, liquid meal replacements

TIPS:

  • Aseptic packages are more commonly known as juice or drink boxes
  • Please rinse containers and remove straws

10) Household Papers:

Examples: Newspapers, magazines, phone books, catalogues, flyers, junk mail, office papers, paper bags, greeting cards and paper.

gift wrap – Shiny Christmas wrapping paper is not recyclable.

It is often dyed, laminated or contains nonpaper additives, like gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter or plastics, which can’t be recycled unfortunately.

TIPS:

  • Most wrapping paper fails the scrunch test.   If you scrunch your wrapping paper into a ball and it stays into a ball you can recycle it, but if it expands quite a bit and won’t stay into a ball then it cannot be recycled.

11) Cardboard and Boxboard:

Examples: Cereal, shoe box, toothpaste, pizza, moving, detergent and cracker boxes, paper egg cartons and paper rolls

TIPS:

  • Flatten all cardboard and boxboard
  • Remove any plastic, foil, residue, inserts, and liner bags
  • Please do not include any waxed cardboard

For more information regarding the Town’s new Blue Box Program, please contact the Infrastructure Services Department at 705-272-5086.

ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS AT WORK!

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS

The Town of Cochrane Infrastructure Services wishes to REMIND all RESIDENTS that the GARBAGE BINS (green bins) can only be used to collect bagged domestic household waste.

BLUE RECYCLING BINS can only be used for recyclable materials and should only be placed at roadside when full.

We have come across several types of materials that are “uncollectNOTICE OF CHANGE TO ACCEPTED RECYCLING MATERIALS NOV 20, 2018able” in the recycling bin:

DO NOT place ANY kind of plastic bags in the Recycling BIn

DO NOT place contaminated material in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put any clothing or blankets of any kind in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put any type of wiring or extension cords in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put small appliance of any kind in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put used paper towels, Kleenex, diapers and toilet paper in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put used Styrofoam plates, cups or take out containers UNLESS rinsed and cleaned in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put coffee grinds or food in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put plastic flowers in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put animal feces in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put construction material in the Recycling Bin

DO NOT put ANY PAINT CANS in the Recycling Bin

ALL ACCEPTABLE RECYCLABLE MUST BE CLEANED AND RINSED

 

Paper, Glass, Aluminum, Metal, and Plastic with the following symbols ONLY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

        

ALL RECYCLABLES MUST BE LOOSE IN THE RECYCLING BIN

Do not put your recycling in bags

All Waste and Recycling bins must be set out no later than 7:00 am.

Infrastructure Services appreciates your cooperation and thanks residents for their patience.

Why Recycle?

BECAUSE IT MAKES DOLLARS AND CENTS

Recycling creates many new jobs and preserves natural resources. Also it takes 10 to 20 times less energy to make new products from recycled rather than raw materials.

BECAUSE IT MAKES SENSE

Half of what we throw out every week is recyclable. Putting it in the garbage is wasteful, costly, and pollutes the environment.

Recycle into what?

Thousands of everyday products are made from recycled materials.

Paper can be turned into a telephone book, egg cartons and even newspaper.

Cardboard is reconverted into cardboard and can also be transformed into facial tissue and paper towels.

Metal reverts back to… metal such as tin cans, aluminum plates and foil.

Glass into… glass such as jars, bottles, but also mineral wool.

Plastic takes on a new life as recycling bins, flower pots, carpets and park benches

TOGETHER, LET’S TAKE AN ADDITIONAL STEP TOWARD A QUALITY ENVIRONMENT

Any additional information, please contact the Municipal Operations Department at (705) 272 5086.

Pour renseignements en français composez le (705) 272-5086.

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