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Friday, September 6, 2019

Film Plastic Recycling Now in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

A bin is located at the Southampton Landfill and at the Public Works Garage on Concession 6

L-R: Councillor Cheryl Grace and Saugeen Shores resident Taylor White at the Southampton landfill 

The public can now drop-off film plastics at two depots in town; one at the Southampton Landfill and the other at the Public Works Garage on Concession 6.

Plastics like  grocery bags, toilet paper roll plastic packaging and bread bags are a list of just some of the items that can be put in the new bins.

 EFS-plastics Inc. in Listowel, Ontario will recycle accepted materials into plastic resin pellets to be used in manufacturing.

The program will run until spring 2020, depends on users following the rules on which items can and cannot be placed in the collection bins.

A list of proper items is also displayed on the bins.

Saugeen Shores Councillor Cheryl Grace says the program will complement the Towns existing waste diversion initiatives and “help reduce the strain on landfills”.

All plastics must be marked with #2 HDPE (high-density polyethylene) or #4 LDPE (low-density polyethylene) symbols and must be clean, dry and empty.

Accepted items are: Grocery and retail bags, Newspaper and flyer bags, Dry cleaning bags, Electronic equipment bags, Food and produce bags, Bread bags, Fresh vegetable and produce bags, Frozen vegetable bags, Bulk goods bags, Milk outer bags, Product packaging and wrap, Water softener and salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles), Toilet paper, napkin and paper towel over wrap, Diaper and feminine hygiene product outer bags, Bottled water and soda case over wrap, Soil, mulch, etc. garden product bags (clean, dry and empty)

Items not accepted are:Unclean items with food or dirt residue, Packaging in contact with meat, Packaging in contact with dairy, Biodegradable or compostable plastics, Crinkly, non-stretch wrap, packaging and bottle seals, Zipper lock and resealable bags, Agricultural bale, boat and shrink wrap, Beverage rings, Stretch cling wrap, Chip, cookie, chocolate and snack bar wrappers, Bubble wrap

The public is invited to visit the Town’s Recycling page to learn more.

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