How to recycle paper in Calgary: top 3 tips

It may surprise you to learn that paper recycling has been around for almost as long as paper itself.

It first began as a modern municipal system back in the 19th century when sorting centres were opened and curbside pickup was first implemented.

Although recycling was first piloted in Calgary in 1991, it was actually only in 2010 that the citywide blue recycling bins were introduced. (see Tuesday’s blog post here)

In it’s first year, approximately 70,000 tonnes of material from blue carts and community recycling depots was recycled.

Today’s post is a top 3 tips on recycling paper, and how you can do your part.

First tip, is to make sure that you put your papers in loose and not bundled up. You don’t need to sort it out from plastics or metals – it gets sorted at the other end.

Secondly, take off any plastic wrappings from magazines. Although it may contain paper, you can’t recycle any mixed packaging such as toothpaste tubes, frozen juice containers.

And thirdly, try to reuse it as much as possible before it even hits the recycle bin.

Ask yourself – what’s in your weekly garbage and is there anything more that you can do to keep reducing it?

I’ve included a 2 minute video for you to get understand how paper is made from tree to paper:


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