Our Recyclables and the Foreign Market

In January 2018, China closed it's doors to 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste including plastics, textiles and mixed paper imports. Airdrie's recycling processor (Cascades Recovery+) started working on alternate markets in 2017 immediately after the initial announcement was made.

The City (through Cascades) only works with legitimate recyclers that have been screened through a comprehensive vetting process to ensure that the material will actually be recycled and that their operations are in compliance with local environmental regulations.

CLAMSHELL PLASTICS

Rather than changing our recycling programs or asking residents to put their plastic clamshells in the garbage, the City of Airdrie made a conscious decision to store plastic clamshells and work with Cascades Recovery+, our recycling processor, to seek alternative recycling options. Cascades Recovery+ investigated alternatives to landfilling this stored material over the past two years but unfortunately, a feasible solution to recycling stored clamshells could not be found and approximately 120 tonnes were landfilled in September 2019.

Cascades Recovery has since found a processor for this material and as of April 2019, all clamshells are now being recycled by Merlin Plastics in BC.

 

Curbside recycling

All materials must be placed in the blue cart loose so that it can be properly sorted at the recycling facility. The exceptions to this rule are:

  • stretchy plastic bags - bundle and bag securely into one bag for recycling
  • shredded paper - put shredded paper into a securely tied transparent bag before placing it in your blue cart

Overfilled carts

Carts that are overfilled or contain large items that prevent the lid of the cart from closing will not be collected.

Excess recycling

The recycling collection trucks are automated and equipped to pick up carts only, not excess recycling around it. If you have excess recycling, please take it to the Recycle Depot or store it until the next collection day.

Remember recyclables must be EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY before putting them into your blue cart.

Have questions?
Please email us at wasteandrecycling@airdrie.ca or call 403.948.0246

Not sure what goes where? Click here for more info.

 

What materials are accepted in the blue cart?

Paper

Newspaper, catalogues and magazines, mixed paper, flyers, envelopes, shredded paper (placed inside a transparent plastic bag), telephone books and soft cover books, paper coffee cups, fast food cups (un-waxed)

Cardboard
Boxboard, corrugated cardboard, Tetra Pak (juice/soup boxes)

 

EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY material before putting it in your blue cart.

Tin food containers
Metal food and beverage containers, aluminum cans, aluminum foil and aluminum foil plates, jar lids, refundable aluminum beverage containers

Plastics
Plastic containers with the recycling symbols 1-7, excluding polystyrene foam (Styrofoam)

 Plastic bags, wrap and film: all bundled within a single securely tied bag for collection

Glass
Glass food containers, refundable glass beverage containers

 

What happens to our blue cart material?

Recycling collected curbside is taken to Cascades Recovery+ located in Calgary. From there recyclables go to markets all over North America and around the world. Manufacturers take these materials and turn them into new items for consumers and businesses to purchase. Below is a chart that provides an idea of what our recycling could be made into and where the material is marketed:

 

 

Collection and placement

Blue carts are collected once weekly year round on the business day following your organics and garbage collection.

Place your blue cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Leave a minimum of 1 metre clearance around the entire cart to ensure truck arms are able to access it.

 Place your cart out past any parked vehicles.

Changes to cup disposal

Disposable paper coffee/drink cups can be recycled in your blue cart. Please do not place them in the green cart. Remove lids and straws before recycling cups in the blue cart.

There are few waxed cups out there, waxed cups belong in the garbage as they are no longer accepted in the green organics cart and they are not accepted in the blue cart program.

 

Contact us


Waste & Recycling

P. 403.948.0246

F. 403.948.8819