As of September 10, Strathcona County will be leaving contaminated blue bags on the curb. Here's why.
 
Changes to the global recycling trade have forced Strathcona County to update its procedures, as many low-quality plastics are not able to made into new materials.
 
The items destined for the black bin include plastic wrap, plastic packaging, clamshell containers and styrofoam trays.
 
"Even with these recycling changes, the Green Routine will continue to be a strong waste program, as residents have developed behaviours that will help sustain this program through these current challenges," said Leah Seabrook, manager of waste management and community energy.
 
Some other changes include the removal of glass and large styrofoam from blue bags, though both products can still be taken to the Broadview Enviroservice Station to be recycled. These materials can easily be broken in the blue bag, and the small pieces are difficult to sort for proper recycling and can contaminate other materials.
 
Blue bags need to be cleaner than ever before. Clean means free of food, liquids, dirt and materials that are not recyclable. Contamination in the blue bag could potentially cause a full load of recyclables to go to the landfill.
 
Contaminated blue bags will be left with stickers explaining the necessary changes for them to be picked up.
 
Fort Saskatchewan moved to a similar system in Early June.

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