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Plastic Pilot Project is Growing in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Recycled Plastic is made into resin pellets which are then used in manufacturing

An environmentally friendly pilot project in Saugeen Shores will be continuing into 2020.

The two film plastics depots in town which are located at the Southampton Landfill and the Public Works Garage on Concession 6 in Port Elgin are heavily used and Director of Infrastructure and Development Services, Amanda Froese says the Town will be increasing delivery to EFS-plastics Inc., in Listowel, to add space in the bins.

 The Listowel company recycles approved materials into plastic resin pellets which are then used in manufacturing.

"We have needed to empty them (bins) more frequently, more than we thought we would... and we've increased the pick-ups for 2020 to be twice as often," she says.

"Staff has put it in as a service level increase for the 2020 operating budget."

Froese says each plastic depot sees the same amount of usage, but does add some users leave their bags in front of the bins, instead of taking the time to place it inside the small hole. She suggests if one wants to make sure the plastic is properly recycled to place it in the bins.

Grocery bags and electronic wrapping appear to be the popular items tossed in the bins.

She adds plastics that are #2 HDPE (high-density polyethylene) or #4 LDPE (low-density polyethylene) are accepted.

"You could say bread bags, bulk-store bags, newspaper bags the outer bags from milk products...that have been cleaned from food product," are also welcome.

So far, Saugeen Shores has been using the bins correctly as EFS-plastics Inc., has not rejected anything.

In 2020 Saugeen Shores will take part in its first ever Waste Master Plan.

"We're looking at the entire system of recycling and garbage collections. What it means for landfill expansion with a consultant this year and we will have a public meeting... to get public consultation on that."

Froese says if one is looking into composting the Town does have Green Cones and a Composting Program running.

Items not accepted are: Unclean items with food or dirt residue, Packaging in contact with meat, Packaging in contact with dairy, Biodegradable or compostable plastics, Crinkly, non-stretch wrap, packaging and bottle seals, Zipper lock and resealable bags, Agricultural bale, boat and shrink wrap, Beverage rings, Stretch cling wrap, Chip, cookie, chocolate and snack bar wrappers, Bubble wrap.

More information can be found HERE.

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