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City addresses recycling program concerns

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Pictures on social media posts showing recycling being disposed of in the local garbage dump are not what they seem, says deputy city manager Renee St-Goddard.
The pictures, which were posted last week, show a truck dumping what appears to be recyclable materials.
“We did get information from OSS (Ottenbreit Sanitation Services) and the information we have is that this is the last load from Countryfest - OSS had the Countryfest contract. And it was a load of materials dumped as recycling, but it was contaminated with garbage and other non-recyclable materials. So they were not able to sort out everything and a lot of the plastics were not recyclable,” St-Goddard said.
“So this was from Countryfest, not from the City of Dauphin.We wish it could have been properly recycled, but OSS made a judgement call that the load from Countryfest was unsalvageable.”
In an attempt to keep such occurrences from happening within the City-led single stream recycling program, a new guide was released last week outlining exactly what kind of materials are accepted.
“The guide is just a reminder that we have the residential recycling program and to recycle appropriate items, based on what OSS takes and processes at their facility,” St-Goddard said.
The guide breaks down household recycling by room and contains suggestions such as:
• Kitchen - milk jugs and milk cartons; creamer cartons and bottles; paper egg cartons; soup, vegetable and any other food cans; aluminum and tin cans; pie tins; plastic juice bottles; yogurt containers; salad dressing containers; cereal boxes; and unsoiled cardboard boxes.
• Laundry - soap containers; spot remover bottles; and bleach containers.
• Bathroom - shampoo bottles; body wash bottles; conditioner bottles; plastic hair spray bottles; plastic shaving containers; toilet paper cores; tissue boxes; and plastic pill bottles.
• Home office - office paper; catalogues, phone books; sticky notes; scrap paper; and flattened cardboard boxes.
Items not accepted include styrofoam, ceramics, light bulbs, soiled cardboard, hazardous chemical containers, scrap metal, car parts, plastic toys, household garbage, plastic wrap, plastic bags, steel or auto parts and food containers.
Plastics must be numbered one through seven and cannot include clear food containers or black clam shells, oil containers or chemical jugs. Glass food and beverage containers must be rinsed and tin and aluminum and must be clean, with or without labels.
“Over all it is just a reminder the residential recycling program is for residential recycling and not for commercial use. Some commercial properties have been using it,” St-Goddard said, adding a city-led commercial recycling program is in the works.
“Up until now (businesses) had to work with OSS on their own. But we will be rolling out a program in the coming weeks.”