OCH works to keep waste out of landfill
Throughout the summer and fall of 2019, OCH has been working on expanding the green bin program in 12 townhome communities:
- Albion Gardens
- Lebreton 1/2/3
- Britannia Woods
- Ron Kolbus
- Foster Farm
WHAT TO EXPECT:
If you live in one of these communities, you will receive refurbished or new recycling containers, new green bin collection areas, and new waste and recycling signs with pictures to help you keep waste from going to landfill.
WHY EXPAND THE PROGRAM?
The more items we put in green bins and recycling, the less waste ends up in landfills.
That means we save land and resources, not to mention money!
A new landfill can cost up to $200 million – to pay for that, the City would have to take funds from valuable community programming that you and your family enjoy.
Along with expanding the green bin program, we ask tenants to remember to recycle cardboard, plastics, metal and glass.
WHAT GOES IN WHICH BIN?
- Compost such as leftover food, grease, egg shells and coffee grounds are to be put in your green bin.
- Glass, metal and plastic go in the blue bin.
- Paper and cardboard go in the black bin.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE THINGS YOU RECYCLE?
- They create jobs – recycling boosts the economy and creates manufacturing jobs.
- Some examples of products made from recycled materials: car parts, T-shirts, home insulation, patio furniture and playground equipment.
COMMON RECYCLING MISTAKES
- You forgot to rinse your glass, metal or plastic container. It is important you rinse out any leftover food, otherwise your recycling could contaminate other items.
- You put your recyclables in a plastic bag and tie it up before adding it to your curbside or shared recycling bins. The City of Ottawa does not accept plastic bags. Check out the City of Ottawa’s online “Waste Explorer” to learn where to take a reusable item or where to recycle your electronic or hazardous waste: http://app06.ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/search/recycle/q.pl.