How to recycle plastics in Calgary: top 3 tips

Despite the fact that plastics recycling has been around since 1990, Calgary only got its citywide recycling last year!!

As a result, there is still much confusion in the city about what can actually be recycled.

So for those of you in the dark, today’s blog post is a top 3 tips for recycling plastics in Calgary.

Firstly, you can’t recycle styrofoam, plastic drinking cups (including coffee cups) or any other plastics that don’t have a number 1-7 on the bottom of it.

Secondly, it needs to be clean of food residue. This means you need to wash it before you put it out in your blue bin. Otherwise they are considered contaminated and won’t be recycled.

And thirdly, don’t bag it up. Put the items into your bin loose; including plastics, paper, cardboard, metal cans and tetra paks. It gets sorted at the other end.

If you follow these three simple tips, you’ll be doing your part to make a difference in the city.

If you want to know more you can find a simple guide from the city here:



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