Recycling: how residents can help out

The Northwest Ontario Recycle Association is shopping around to find a more cost-effective and efficient company to take over its operations, with the City of Dryden co-ordinating them in the interim.
In the meantime, residents might be interested in knowing how they can help make recycling pickups go as smoothly as possible each week.
“The biggest problem isn’t that people don’t know what to put in their ‘blue boxes,’ it’s sorting what they put in their ‘blue boxes,’” said Cindy Buttner of Buttner Enterprises here yesterday.
“Many people may not realize this but the trucks have two sides for the recyclables—one for cans and plastic, one for newspaper and cardboard,” she noted.
“If the materials in the ‘blue box’ aren’t sorted, it means the driver has to spend more time at the pick up.”
People also should flatten cardboard and box board and bundle it. If it’s large pieces, cut it into pieces no bigger than 30″x30″ and bound no more than eight inches deep.
Buttner noted some people even have left entire refrigerator boxes for them to pick up, and received phone calls when the truck refused to take it away.
“You can recycle it. Just cut it up,” she remarked.
Flattening milk cartons, pop bottles, and aluminum cans also help make for more space in the truck.
Buttner added while transparent plastic bags were okay to put recyclables in, those black, green, or any other colour would be left at the curb when pickup day comes.
“Even if there’s a 100 percent aluminum cans in a garbage bag, if we can’t see what it is, we don’t pick it up,” she said, noting the company has had only a few run-ins with some “scary stuff” being left in blue boxes in the past.
“But 99.9 percent of the people are very good,” Buttner said.
She also stressed while it never hurts for residents to think about what they put in their “blue boxes,” since 1989, Fort Frances has been co-operative as a whole and “is one of the easiest communities to pick up recycling in.”
“I would also like the public to know that they have nothing to do with the current situation with NORA,” remarked Buttner.
Materials acceptable for recycling here include:
•phone books
•corrugated cardboard
•box board (cereal boxes, etc.)
•mixed office paper
•milk cartons
•tin cans
•aluminum cans
•plastic bottles and containers (they must have a recycling symbol on the bottom).
Materials that won’t be accepted for pick-up include:
•frozen juice containers
•aerosol cans
•paint cans
•coat hangers
•film plastic
•motor oil containers
•chemical containers
•pots and pans
•any form of glass
Glass, however, can be dropped off at the bins at the Public Works building located on Fifth Street West at Wright Avenue.