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Upcoming changes to curbside recycling in Lacombe

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Lacombe, Alberta (May 16, 2019) – Solid waste collection (recycling, garbage and composting) is an essential municipal service, and must be reviewed from time to time to meet the evolving needs of the community. 

Last Monday, Council approved the scope of a comprehensive solid waste system review, which will provide more information to help set the future direction of solid waste collection in Lacombe.  Work on the review begins immediately.

In the interim, our recycling contractor (E360S, previously CanPak) has advised the City that due to the challenges faced by the recycling industry nation-wide, only a fraction of the materials currently placed in residential blue bins is actually recycled, and that significant changes are needed to Lacombe’s residential recycling program if it is to continue.

Buyers of wholesale recycling materials are now only willing to accept specific types of recyclables, so it is no longer viable for our contractor to continue collecting a wide range of materials from Lacombe households. Materials currently being recycled are limited to No. 2 plastics, clean paper/cardboard, and bottle deposit containers – anything else collected in the blue box is unfortunately sent to the landfill (see below for a list of acceptable items).  

Residential curbside recycling is also becoming increasingly expensive.  Keeping the curbside recycling program means a 66 per cent increase in program costs, from $4.50 per month to $7.50 per month.

One of the considerations before Council is whether those funds, which currently amount to $240,000 per year but would increase to $400,000 per year, could have a more positive effect for the environment if deployed towards other sustainability initiatives.

Council will be making a decision on the blue box recycling program at their next meeting on May 27, 2019.

 List of accepted material in your Blue Box

Current List of Accepted Material    NEW List of Accepted Material  NOT Accepted
 ALL Plastics (Symbols #1 - #7, and grocery bags)
  Plastics #2 - Hard plastic tubs (e.g. shampoo, ketchup, sour cream, etc.)
 Plastic bags, grocery bags, wrappers and cling wrap
 All Paper
 Office paper, envelopes, craft paper, greeting cards
 Non-packaging plastic (e.g. toys, laundry baskets, lawn chairs, etc.)
 Cardboard  Newspapers, flyers
 Plastic clamshell packaging
 Tin Cans
 Magazines and phone books
 Single use containers and to-go cups (e.g. yogurt, pudding, sauces, coffee, fountain drinks, smoothies, etc.)
 Aluminum, including Foil
 Books, with hard and soft covers removed
 Plastic cutlery, ceramics, glassware and plastic straws
 All Beverage Containers
 Corrugated cardboard
 Coffee pods and drink pouches
 Glass  Box board (e.g. cereal and cracker boxes)
 Napkins, tissues, paper towels and tissue paper
   Cardboard egg cartons (not Styrofoam)
 Chip cans and spiral-wound containers (e.g. Pringles, sonotubes, etc.)
   Tin cans
 Cardboard boxes with Styrofoam in or attached to box (e.g. electronics, television boxes)
   Bottle deposit containers (e.g. pop, beer, wine, milk, etc.)
 Tin foil, glitter and decorations
    Seasonal holiday/birthday wrapping paper (shiny, glittery, etc.)
     Non-deposit containers (e.g. Tetra Paks)
    All glass (windows, bottles, jars, etc.)
     Recycling placed in black garbage bags
     Styrofoam blocks, cups, trays and packing peanuts
     Scrap metal, construction and demolition materials


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