New single stream recycling program now in effect

Andrea Nicholl
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Single stream recycling has been introduced to Red Coat Waste member communities. The new program eliminates the need for users to separate recyclables.

Red Coat Waste Regional Authority, in cooperation with Loraas Disposal Services, is introducing a new Single Stream Recycling program for all member communities.

Single stream recycling is a system in which all recyclable materials- fiber, plastics, tin and aluminum- are placed, unsorted, in one container at the transfer station site and later sorted at the Crown Shed processing plant in Regina.

RCWRA believes the most effective way to promote recycling is to make the process more convenient, and while officials acknowledge curb side recycling is most convenient, the service is not available to membership at this time.

“The method of not having to sort recyclables in the home is seen as a step towards convenience,” RCWRA Operations Manager Merodee Hassler wrote in an email to the Sun. “It is understood that there are further steps beyond just single stream recycling. The Red Coat membership did not vote for single stream recycling instead of curb side recycling, but rather proceeded this way as a hopeful step towards the eventual introduction of curb side recycling to the region.

“At present, the curb side recycling is not an offered option to RCWRA.”

Loraas Disposal is currently contracted by RCWRA to provide residential and transfer station waste and recycle services to the region. Until the recent change, the only option available to local residents and business owners was for recyclables to be separated by the user and collected at the transfer stations and recycle depots.

This new program is intended to assist meeting municipal waste diversion goals by making recycling more convenient and by diverting materials away from the landfills.

“One of the RCWRA’s objectives is ‘to minimize the amount of waste requiring disposal through the application of the four Rs: reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery,’” wrote Hassler. “Much of what is going to the landfill could be recycled.”

 It is estimated that 4,500 metric tonnes of membership waste is hauled to the landfill annually. Comparatively, only 460 metric tonnes is currently being recycled annually within the same region.

The recycle bins will remain as they are within the town and the transfer station, and will remain on their same tipping schedule. Efforts will be made to re-label the bins to indicate the new single stream program, said Hassler.

Materials which can be recycled and co-mingled include: cardboard, boxboard, office paper, newsprint, junk mail, magazines, catalogues, plastic containers, milk cartons and plastic milk jugs, shrink wrap and plastic bags (number 1 through 7), tins and clean aluminum cans.

Items which are not accepted include: glass, Styrofoam, ceramics, light bulbs, soiled cardboard, hazardous chemical containers, oil containers, scrap metal, car parts, plastic toys and household garbage.

For questions about this program contact Red Coat Waste at (306) 736-8494.

Organizations: Coat Waste Regional Authority, Loraas Disposal Services

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  • Diane Tinnish
    October 15, 2012 - 17:06

    There is a popular misconception by many people in this area that the Single Stream Recycling program is not recycling at all. Local rumor has it that mixed recyclables are being discarded with the other garbage once they reach the waste management facility. I fear some people have quit recycling because of this. Perhaps an interview with someone at the Red Coat Waste Authority would put skeptic's minds at ease.