Expanded list of soft plastics for Toronto blue bins goes into effect
TORONTO – The expanded list of plastic film materials accepted in the city’s blue bin recycling program goes into effect today.
The new additions approved by Toronto city council in April is anticipated to divert approximately 3,500 additional tonnes of material from landfills.
A staff report also indicates an annual net savings of approximately $8,527 per year and $4,974 in 2015 based on seven months of savings.
The expanded list of plastic film materials that will be added to the blue bin program include:
• milk bags
• select types of bread bags
• sandwich bags (e.g. re-sealable type bags)
• bulk food bags
• dry cleaning bags
• newspaper/flyer bags
• diaper and feminine hygiene outer bags
• fresh or frozen produce bags
• transparent recycling bags
• over-wrap from toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, water and soft drink packaging
Biodegradable plastic film materials, black plastic film, and laminated plastic film (e.g. stand-up re-sealable bags) will continue to not be accepted in the Program.