Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top five post-holiday waste tips

This time of year keeps garbage and recycling collectors hopping as people get rid of extra waste. You might be wondering what to do with that old artificial tree or if wrapping paper is recyclable. Here are our top tips to help you clean up:

Wrapping paper is recyclable
Most wrapping paper is recyclable in blue carts and at community recycling depots. The exception is foiled paper. 
Separate bows and ribbons, which can’t be recycled, and bunch up the wrapping paper into a ball. It can then go straight into your blue cart or to a depot. Wrapping paper should not be bagged.

Recycle your real Christmas trees 
Real Christmas trees can be recycled through the Christmas Tree Recycling program. If you have door-to-door garbage collection from The City, put your tree out where you put your garbage by 7 a.m. on January 8. Make sure it is at least one foot away from your blue and black carts. The tree will be picked up within two weeks.

Trees can also be taken to one of eight drop-off locations until January 18. Make sure all ornaments are removed. The trees should not be tied or bagged.
Because artificial trees are made of more than one material, they can’t be recycled. Instead, break them down and put them out with your regular garbage in bags or your black 

Keep your old electronics out of the landfill
Many electronics contain chemicals and heavy metals that are harmful to the environment if buried in the ground. Some also contain reusable parts.
Old televisions, computers and monitors, laptops, electronic notebooks, printers and some additional devices are accepted at 25 locations throughout the city. If your electronics still work, consider donating or selling them.

Know your options for excess recycling
If you have more recycling than will fit in your blue cart, consider saving some for the next week. You can also visit one of the over 50 community recycling depots.  Although our crews collect from the depots seven days a week, at this time of year they fill up fast. Make a note of the two or three closest depots before you leave your house. If one is full, there will be others within a few kilometres.

Help keep your collector safe 
On a typical day, your garbage collector can lift over 12,000 kilograms of trash – the equivalent of lifting two elephants. If you’re setting out garbage bags, please make sure each one weighs no more than 20kg (44lbs). As a rule of thumb, if you can lift it with one hand, it should be ok.  

And, as always, make sure any sharp material is safely wrapped, and never place household hazardous waste in your garbage or recycling, instead drop it at one of The City’s locations for hazardous waste collection. 
For more information, please visit www.calgary.ca/waste or call 3-1-1.

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