Always keep your recyclables loose

When placing items in your recycling bin, keep them loose and free of plastic bags.

When a bag of recyclables arrives at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), it needs to be opened and emptied by the MRF employees which is time consuming, and poses a safety risk for employees as well, as there may be harmful contaminants like needles in the bag.

Plastic bags, strapping, hoses, string and rope can also wrap and tangle around machinery at the MRF, preventing the machinery from working effectively.

Plastic bags and other soft plastics also cause problems by getting caught in the paper and cardboard stream, creating contamination and reducing the value and recyclability of the paper and cardboard.

All soft plastics should be placed in your red/blue landfill bin.