Q: Why must recyclable material be placed in a bag, instead of a bin?
A: Bags were identified through public and stakeholder review as the preferred method of collection during the Solid Waste Management Plan review process completed in 2009. The City's contract with BFI Canada also stipulates a bag collection program. For more information on the blue bags, click here.
Q: Where do I get clear or clear blue recycling bags?
A: Salmon Arm grocery stores have stocked blue recycling bags. Large, clear bags such as leaf bags are also acceptable, provided they are less than 22 pounds when placed at the curb. Homeowners are responsible for purchasing the bags.
Q: How many bags are allowed at the curb on collection day?
A: You will be allowed one garbage bag, and unlimited recycling recycling bags, as long as all bags are clear or clear blue, and under 22 pounds. Any cardboard that doesn't fit into the bags may be piled beside the bags and bundled (i.e. tied) together.
Q: Why is glass excluded from the program?
A: Glass is not able to be separated from other recyclables at the Cascades Recovery Inc. processing facility and therefore becomes a contaminant. It is also a safety hazard for sort workers at the facility. Glass can be returned to the green recycling bins located at the Salmon Arm Landfill, and Bills Bottle Depot.
Q: Are all types of plastic bags/plastic wrap acceptable in the blue bag?
A: Plastic wrap is considered plastic film, and is accepted with the new program. Plastic Film is made of Linear Low Density Polyethylene or LLDPE (Plastic Code 4), which is a recyclable material. Typically this material, once recovered is used to create other types of plastic materials such as plastic lumber, containers, furniture or shipping envelopes. Other acceptable plastic bag/plastics include • Shrink Wrap • Bubble Wrap • Shopping Bags • Bread Bags • Clear or Blue Garbage Bags. If the material can be stretched without breaking easily it’s Plastic Film. Saran wrap is NOT accepted for recycling.
Q: Why should plastic milk jugs be returned to the Bottle Depot?
A: #2 milk jugs will be recycled if placed in your curbside bag, however the Dairy Council of BC will pay to recycle these materials if returned to a depot. Residents are encouraged to take them to Bills Bottle Depot with their other refundable beverage containers in order to support a local business (Bills Bottle Depot). By placing these materials in your clear/blue bag, you are in effect subsidizing an industry led program.
Q: Why should refundable beverage containers be returned to the Bottle Depot?
A: Non-glass, refundable beverage containers will be recycled if placed in your curbside container, however, they are part of an Extended Producer Responsibility Program, meaning a corporation has been mandated by the Provincial Government to recycle these materials. By placing these materials in your recycling container, you are in effect subsidizing an industry led program. Residents are encouraged to take them to Bills Bottle Depot with their other refundable beverage containers in order to support a local business (Bills Bottle Depot).
Q: Will the green bins stay at the landfills, transfer stations and downtown depots?
A: Nothing has changed with the residential depot recycling program. All the bins remain in place, and the types of materials collected in the bins has not changed. For a list of materials accepted in the green bins click here.
Q: Why must the lids still be attached to tin cans?
A: Anything under 7.6 cm in diameter will fall through the screens at the sorting plant and become solid waste. For lids to be recycled they can be placed in the containers and then flattened so they stay inside the can or they can remain attached to the tin.
Q: What do I do with items that are not accepted in the blue bag?
A: Glass can be recycled at the recycling depot locations in the green bins. Milk jugs (including waxed) can be returned to Bills Bottle Depot. For all other inquiries, please click here to view the CSRD Recycling Directory for Salmon Arm. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Try the Recycling Council of BC Hotline at 1-800-667-4321.
Q: What if my container gets missed on my collection day?
A: Contact BFI Canada. to report missed collections at 1-888-547-6361. If a call is made before 2:30 pm, the driver will collect your bag before the end of the day.
Q: What recyclable material is included in the curbside collection program?
A: Please click here for the detailed list of what is accepted in the curbside collection containers.
Q: Where does all the collected material go?
A: ecycling that is collected at the curb will be delivered to Cascades Recovery Inc. in Kelowna, BC for processing. Workers cut open the bales of recyclables and remove any contaminants. Loose material goes through a mechanical sorter with three screen disks to remove cardboard, newsprint and paper. Tin is removed with magnets. Employees do a final sort to remove plastics and aluminum. Corrugated Cardboard goes to Norampac Paper Mill in Burnaby to be remade into cardboard. Plastic is sent to Merlin Plastics in Delta, BC to be melted into pellets that form new plastic products. Newspaper, magazines, flyers and phone books are sent to Washington, USA to be made into fruit trays and egg cartons. Tins Cans and Aluminum are delivered to Richmond Steel in Richmond, BC and made into metal products (such as rebar).
The CSRD will continue to operate the recycling depots at Bills Bottle Depot, as well as the Salmon Arm Landfill.