With the new garbage pick-up calendar arriving, you may notice the increased number of 3 bag pick-up days on the last full week of each month. During these weeks, you are allowed to put out a total of 3 bags of garbage on your pick-up day. However, we still hope to see most residents doing their best to keep under 1 bag a week to avoid unnecessary strain on our only operational landfill.
a) Foods of all kinds go in your green bin, but that’s not all! You can also put in popcorn and fast food bags, Tim Horton’s and other waxed paper cups, dryer lint, paper towel, tissues, hair, nail clippings, wet newspaper, and greasy pizza boxes.
b) Reduce and reuse come before recycling for a reason. Reduce the amount of products coming into your home so you end up with less garbage you need to toss out. Additionally, try to reuse things as much as possible. For example, gift wrap is often thrown out after the first use, but this wrapping can easily be used again to wrap another gift, line a drawer, or create some intricate art!
c) Your old books, knick-knacks, kitchenware, or clothes can make someone else very happy. Though the garbage is an easy solution, take the extra time to donate them to let someone else make use of the items. There are many places across the city that would be happy to accept them. The mountain Community Recycling Centre located at 37 Kilbride Road even has a reuse store where you can drop off stuff you don’t need anymore.
d) You can put out as much recycling as you want each week, so try buying products in recyclable packaging such as cardboard boxes or stretchy plastic bags; buying in bulk is a great way to reduce your waste, since the bags and containers are recyclable! Hard molded plastic that does not have the numbers 1, 2, 5, or 6 in the recycling logo is NOT recyclable and belongs in the garbage; avoid it when you can!
Together we can all work hard to continue reducing the amount of stuff we send to landfill by making use of all the other great programs offered for recycling in the City of Hamilton!