The Blue Bag Recycling Project has the overall goal to keep valuable materials out of landfills so that they can be made into new products and so that our landfill space and natural resources are conserved.
Materials recycled include, paper, corrugated cardboard, and beverage containers. Money raised from these beverage containers will be used to promote recycling and environmental projects through the Town of Paradise's youth groups. Participants are asked to leave their recyclables curbside before 8:00 a.m. of the morning your area is scheduled for collection.
The Blue Bag Recycling Program has now recycled over 365,000 refundable beverage containers and over 780,000 pounds of paper and cardboard collectively. The program currently has 750 households participating in the recycling initiative.
Who Can Participate?
Currently the Blue Bag Recycling Program is not available to all areas of Town. However, in the future we do expect to service the entire Town of Paradise. Here is a list of streets that the program presently services:
The following streets have recycables collected once a week, on Monday:
Ashley Place, Burnaby Street, Christine Crescent, Cloudberry Drive, Cormorant Place, Crane Street, Croydon Street, Devaughn Street, Elizabeth Drive, Flamingo Drive, Gillian Place, Goldfinch Drive, Hollyberry Drive, Hummingbird Road, Iris Place, Jane Heights, Joanna Place, Kestrel Drive, Kinkora Street, Mockingbird Drive, Panoramic Place, Priscilla Place, Ravenwood Crescent, Sanderling Place, Stephanie Avenue, Tiverton Street.
The following streets have recyclables collected once a week, on Tuesday:
Aragon Crescent, Arcadian Close, Brougham Drive, Calderwood Place, Canterbury Drive, Cardiff Place, Carlisle Drive, Clevedon Crescent, Dungarvan Street, Elgin Drive, Ellesmere Avenue, Gainsborough Place, Gervase Place, Horncastle Drive, Moorgate Close, Newcastle Place, Palmerston Drive, Rathburn Drive, Sandhurst Place, Stonehaven Place, Sunderland Drive, Tennyson Place, Ulverston Close.
The following streets have recyclables collected once a week, on Wednesday:
Aurora Place, Carrisbrooke Place, Eagle Street, Harp Place, Hector Place, Imogene Crescent, Mastiff Place, Merlyn Drive, Osprey Place, Porteus Place, Ranger Avenue, Trails End Drive, Ungava Street.
The following streets have recyclables collected once a week, on Thursday:
Discovery Crescent, Donna Road, Elmer Place, Gail Place, Grandview Avenue, Gregg Avenue, Milton Road, Shelby Street, Sun Valley Drive.
How to Separate Materials
1 Bag for Paper products: newspaper, flyers, catalogues, envelopes, magazine, colour and plain paper.
1 Bag for Corrugated Cardboard: corrugated cardboard is "waffled" between the layers (e.g. applicance boxes). If the cardboard is too big for a blue bag the cardboard may be flattened and tied into bundles and laid curbside.
1 Bag for Refundable Beverage Containers: juice boxes/containers, steel cans, pop, juice and beer cans, plastic 2L bottles, clear and coloured glass (corona, coke bottles, orange/apple juice, etc.), liquor bottles (glass & plastic). PLEASE RINSE CONTAINERS AND REMOVE CAPS.
Separating materials into the different bags makes it easier to sort at the recycling depot. Without the support of the recycling depots, the Blue Bag Recycling Program would not be such a success.
Remember that by separating materials properly recycling saves your tax dollar by diverting more material from the landfill.
The following materials should NOT be placed in blue bags and will remain part of the regular garbage collection:
Boxboard (e.g. cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, shoe boxes, detergent boxes, etc.)
Household Plastics (i.e. shampoo bottles, ice cream containers, plastic shopping bags, detergent bottles, windshield wash bottles, etc.)
Glass Jars (e.g. jam jars, mason jars, etc.)
One metric ton of recycled newspaper saves about 17 trees.
Every ton of old newspapers recycled represent a saving of three cubic metres of landfill space.
Garbage costs the Town of Paradise $23.00 per ton to enter Robin Hood Bay landfill site. Composting grass clippings, vegetables and other plant waste reduces the tonnage to the landfill.
It takes 500,000 trees to supply North Americans with their Sunday paper - every Sunday.
Making cans from recycled aluminum rather than raw aluminum cuts air pollution by 95%.
40% of material sent to landfills is composed of paper, 14% of which is newspaper.
Recycling cardboard can cut sulfur dioxide emissions by 50%.
Recycling saves energy, thus reducing acid rain, global warming, and air pollution.
The volume of aluminum cans deposited in landfills every three months could rebuild an entire commercial airline fleet.
Recycling one aluminum can saves the amount of energy needed to light one 100-watt bulb for 20 hours. The energy saved from recycling one aluminum can is enough to run a standard television for 3 hours.
Recycling 15 two-litre soft drink bottles can make one square foot of carpet, a XL T-shirt, and filling for a ski jacket.
35 two-litre soft drink bottles can make a sleeping bag and a baseball cap can be made from only 2 two-litre bottles.
Canadians take home over 55 million shopping bags a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are some materials not collected even though the recycling symbol is stamped on the item?
Many materials are recyclable but recycling depots cannot accept all materials because of their current market value. If the depot cannot find a market, they will end up taking on additional costs, which is passed on to the municipality.
2. Why Blue Bags?
(1) minimize expenditures for new trucks and recycling bins;
(2) eliminates curbside sorting;
(3) bags are more convenient for participants. Proven to collect more recyclables;
(4) trucking efficiencies - bags allow for fuller loads;
(5) decreased contamination - materials in bags are protected from the elements;
(6) less litter - bags are sealed whereas blue box contents have the potential to blow around the neighbourhood.
3. Where do I get blue bags?
4. How do I use the blue bags?
Place your recyclable materials in the bag and tie the top.
5. Are the blue bags recycled?
Yes, they are pulled out of the recyclables stream, baled and marketed. Recycled bags can be used to make materials such as plastic lumber composites (i.e. decks and patios).