Fort Saskatchewan's new waste collection program is off and running.
 
A green organics bin was the biggest adjustment when the program was launched on Jun.4.
 
"The city does understand that it takes time to change routines and there have been some warnings issued for overfilled carts and improperly sorted materials," said the city’s waste program supervisor, Sadie Miller.
 
Miller said the switch is part of an adjusting recycling market in Canada and across the globe. It ultimately comes down to what the processors can accept and sell.
 
Household waste goes in the black carts. Green bins are for organics and blue bags are for recycling.
 
Notable items and possible changes:
Styrofoam - black cart
Glass - black cart
Diapers - black cart
Coffee pods - black cart
Plastic straws - black cart
Grocery and Ziploc bags - black cart
Pringles containers - black cart
Soiled pizza boxes - green bin
Used paper towel - green bin
Cat litter - green bin
Tea bags - green bin
 
Aluminum foil from lasagna trays or pies can be recycled as long as they're cleaned. If not, they go into the black waste cart. The same goes for plastic containers such as peanut butter jars.
 
Animal waste, if it's in an organic bag, goes into the green bin. If it's in a regular plastic bag it goes into the black cart.
 
The city says the biggest issue since the changeover on June 4 is residents putting the wrong items in organics carts.
 
Each of the three streams, organics, waste and recycling, is collected by a different truck. Organics go to a facility called Clean-It Green-It in the west end of Edmonton. Blue bag materials are taken to a processing facility in Winterburn, which is owned by GFL Environmental. Waste material in the black carts is taken to GFL transfer sites and then distributed to regional landfills.
 
If a resident is doing yard cleaning and needs to empty a green bin, they can do so free of charge at the transfer site. Grocery bags and glass are also accepted at the transfer station.
 
Having trouble sorting your items? Try the 'What Goes Where' tool.
 
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