Toronto Expands Blue Bin Program
Toronto is making it easier for you to recycle.
The City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee received a report today from Solid Waste Management Services that will result in Toronto introducing the collection of mixed rigid plastics this fall through the City's Blue Bin program.
What this means, is that you can now throw clamshell containers, clear fruit and vegetable containers, clear takeout containers and molded bakery-item trays.
Until recently, the City could not recycle mixed rigid plastics. New developments spearheaded by the Canadian grocery retail industry, along with advancements in recycling and sorting technology, have removed the obstacles to recycling these plastic materials.
Solid Waste estimates the cost to collect and recycle the new plastic materials will be approximately $160,000 in 2013.
The inclusion of mixed rigid plastics will result in the diversion of 2,000 tonnes annually from landfill.
The recycled plastics will be manufactured into products for industrial and household end uses.