Recycling means that new products are being used from the old products which are of no use to us. Recycling involves turning used materials over to a local recycling facility to be taken and reused as material for a new purpose. All of the recyclable products are then turned back into a raw material that can be used to create a new and different product. So, used bottles can be used as a plastic again, your old newspaper could be tomorrow’s napkin and that discarded soup can could be a soda can in the future.
Recycling certain materials not only reduces the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills each year but it also significantly reduces the need for new natural resources, such as oil and trees, to be used to make new products. The natural resources on our planet are limited so we must make the most to conserve, recycle and reuse whenever possible.
What you can recycle depends on your area. Not all materials may be recyclable. Check with your local recycling center to find out what you can and cannot recycle. Also, check with your city to make sure that you have the correct disposal containers available to ensure your efforts are being put to good use.
Luckily in our area, most cities offer a curbside recycling program, which makes it a more accessible option. It’s important to recycle in order to recover useful materials instead of disposing of them in landfills, where their value is lost.
Local Recycling Programs
Not sure the best way to recycle in your area? Here is a quick guide to the local recycling programs offered in Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge.
Calgary provides curbside recycling to single family and multi-family homes throughout the city. The Blue Cart program allows residents to recycle right from their home, and the recycling bins are picked up once a week.
Calgary is doing a great job recycling and it’s making a big difference. Through our Blue Cart program and community recycling depots, we’ve recycled more than 523 million kilograms in the last eight years.
Calgarians can also recycle at community recycling depots across the city.
To learn more about the recycling programs in Calgary, visit www.calgary.ca
Red Deer provides curbside recycling to single family homes throughout the city. The weekly blue box collection happens the same day as your garbage and yard waste. You can find your garbage collection day by calling the Blue Line at 403-340-BLUE (2583).
Every year Lethbridge citizens divert approximately nine percent of residential waste from the landfill by dropping off recyclables at one of the three recycling facilities in the city.
On Nov. 28, 2016, Lethbridge City Council approved a residential curbside recycling program. By offering a more convenient way for residents to recycle their materials, more waste will be diverted from the landfill.
Full implementation of the program will happen in 2019, once construction of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is complete. While construction of the MRF is in progress, trucks and carts will be procured for the operational needs of the program.
Phase 1 of the program involving select neighbourhoods around the city will begin in 2018 to determine the best methods for roll-out of the full service.
Once the program is fully implemented, blue carts will be collected on a bi-weekly schedule (every other week). To learn more, visit www.lethbridge.ca