Q: Every year this bad habit or practise is costing millions of dollars of unnecessary waste. What is it?
A: Improper recycling, or as they call it, contamination.
Even a little bit of peanut butter left in a jar makes it un-recyclable.
Black plastic trays from takeout also not acceptable to many recycling programs. Check with your local waste dept.
While most people pay little mind to what happens after the truck picks up their recyclables. In Toronto, the reality is big business and revenues are increasingly in jeopardy.
The report to Toronto’s public works committee notes an additional $4 million in processing fees will be paid to Canada Fibers Ltd. under the current agreement, should the contamination rate surpass 27 per cent in 2018.
China is the world’s largest market for recycled material. In July 2017, Beijing’s Ministry of Environmental Protection told the World Trade Organization that it intends to ban 24 types of waste and impose strict contamination limits on other materials. Under the proposed rules, contaminated recyclables can only account for 0.5 per cent.
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