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1 Sort it! Bag it! Tote it! Recycle it! CA RD BOA RD / BOXBOARD Recycling guidelines for property owners, managers, and superintendents for multi-residential properties DURHAM REGION WORKS DEPARTMENT WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES

2 RECYCLING IS IMPORTANT! Property owners, managers and superintendents all play a role in recycling and are responsible for maintaining a recycling program within their building or complex. All those in authority of the multi-residential building or complexes have to work together to ensure that the program is working. If it is evident to your residents that waste reduction is a priority for you, they may be more inclined to recycle. Recycling works. With your help, residents in your building/complex can: reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfill. conserve natural resources. incorporate other waste reduction and reuse habits into their daily lives. Roles and responsibilities Property owners, managers and superintendents are responsible for ensuring that: the recycling program operates effectively. both staff and residents have the tools to comply with program guidelines. Checklist of responsibilities Make recycling as convenient as garbage. Create a place where residents can recycle that it close to garbage bins. Request enough containers for collection and storage of anticipated amounts of recyclables being generated. Make collection easy for trucks. Ensure your bins/carts are clean and clearly labelled. Contact the Region of Durham if you need to replace damaged labels, posters, or bins/carts. Ensure residents and staff are well informed about the recycling program and practices. Register your building(s) or complex; and update Regional waste management staff of any changes to your information online at 2 We re here to help!

3 Introducing your Blue Bag Durham Region has re-launched its multi-residential recycling program with a new look. To make it easier for residents to sort and tote recyclables, we introuced the BLUE. BAG. The blue bag has two separate pockets one is use to store papers; the other for containers. The bag also provides information on acceptable items recycled in the Region s multi-residential recycling program. Colour coding system introduced Colour coding will make it easier for residents to identify and sort recyclables based on a visual. Cart/bin labels are coloured as shown below: CONTAINERS CARDBOARD/BOXBOARD PAPERS Sample of cart/bin labels Promotion and education materials Durham Region provides promotional materials for your residents, signs for your internal and external recycling locations. Program materials include, but are not limited to: Residential materials: Reusable blue recycling bags Fridge magnets Brochures on multi-residential recycling Building materials: Colour-coded cart/bin labels Large and small posters identifying recyclables Metal signs for external use Recycling guidelines for property owners, managers and superintendents Bins or carts as needed Ordering supplies You can order any of the above materials at Just click on the Multi-residential recycling icon, complete and submit the order form. Supplies will be delivered within 15 working days. Please call to discuss orders for additional or replacement carts/bins. 3

4 Introducing your Blue Bag Durham Region has re-launched its multi-residential recycling program with a new look. To make it easier for residents to sort and tote recyclables, we introuced the BLUE. BAG. The blue bag has two separate pockets one is use to store papers; the other for containers. The bag also provides information on acceptable items recycled in the Region s multi-residential recycling program. Colour coding system introduced Colour coding will make it easier for residents to identify and sort recyclables based on a visual. Cart/bin labels are coloured as shown below: CONTAINERS CARDBOARD/BOXBOARD PAPERS Sample of cart/bin labels Promotion and education materials Durham Region provides promotional materials for your residents, signs for your internal and external recycling locations. Program materials include, but are not limited to: Residential materials: Reusable blue recycling bags Fridge magnets Brochures on multi-residential recycling Building materials: Colour-coded cart/bin labels Large and small posters identifying recyclables Metal signs for external use Recycling guidelines for property owners, managers and superintendents Bins or carts as needed Ordering supplies You can order any of the above materials at Just click on the Multi-residential recycling icon, complete and submit the order form. Supplies will be delivered within 15 working days. Please call to discuss orders for additional or replacement carts/bins. 3

5 Five steps to a successful recycling program 4 1. Create a place to recycle: Indoors and outdoors Convenience and ease are important components of a successful recycling program. Appropriate storage areas and equipment must be provided for the recyclables in a manner that prevents damage to the material, prevents litter and is safe for your residents. INDOOR RECYCLING: The ideal recycling room is located on the main floor, has sufficient space for the existing recycling carts/bins as well as future expansion, has space for movement of carts/bins and is safe, clean and well lit. OUTDOOR RECYCLING: Outdoor recycling stations should be designed and located for easy access. Consider the following when locating a station: Keep close to the building exits. Place recycling carts/bins at the same location as the garbage bins if possible so residents can make one trip for disposal. Store carts/bins on a concrete or ashpalt surface to enable easy movement by building and collection staff. If space is limited, keep a minimum number of carts/bins at a distance from the distance and change as they become full. If possible, build a shelter. Roofed shelters will protect the carts/ bins and residents from the elements. This will also reduce maintenance by staff. Check with your local municipal by-laws. Recycling stations tips for indoor and outdoor locations Keep clean and free of loose materials. Ensure the area is well-lit and safe. Post signs. Label carts/bins with up-to-date program information. If garbage and recycling carts/bins are not located in the same area, place a small waste container next to the recycling carts/bins for garbage. Place extra recycling bins in common areas such as the lobby, mail laundry, fitness, party and recreation rooms and garbage chutes. Check daily to manage any overflow and/or contamination. Create a recycling station at each garbage disposal site for complexes with more than one building. Post a mission statement showing your commitment to waste reduction, such as We are committed to working with residents to reduce, reuse and recycle with the goal to continuously reduce the amount of garbage produced in this building or complex.

6 Five steps to a successful recycling program 2. Provide enough recycling carts/bin Having enough storage space for recyclables is one of the most critical factors in a succesful recycling program. Too few carts/bins will limit how much your building recycles. Based on the provincial recycling diversion rate target, each multi-residential unit requires on average 50 litres of storage space. This is one 95 gallon cart (360 litres) for every seven (7) units or one (1) six yard bin for every 100 units. If your carts/bins are always full, contact the Region of Durham at to determine your building s needs. 3. Make collection easy FOR RESIDENTS: The blue bag may encourage your residents to recycle more. The blue bag is a visual reminder of how to sort and recycle properly. Two pockets in the bag will assist residents to sort and tote recyclables. Colour coding will help them identify what goes where. FOR COLLECTION VEHICLES: The set-out point is where the recycling carts/bins are to be placed out by 7 a.m. on collection day for pickup by the contractor. It is equally important that collection crews can easily access the carts/bins. Remove locks, move parked cars, clear away snow and ice, remove bulky items or loose materials that may inhibit easy collection. Clear away overhead branches and report low hanging wires. 4. Promote recycling in your building(s) Promoting your recycling program and educating your residents on its guidelines should result in increased participation, less garbage and more recycling. To encourage increased participation: Sort it. Bag it. Tote it. Recycle it in the correct recycling bin. No plastic bags allowed. Welcome new residents with a package that includes a Plastic bottles, Paper juice, Aluminum cans, Glass bottles, jugs,tubs and lids milk, and aerosol can, tin jars and lids soup and steel cans, cartons empty, dry paint cans BLUE BAG, fridge magnet and residents brochure. Newspapers and magazines, telephone and paperback Gift wrap (no foil), books, catalogues, calendars, paper and gift bags, junk mail and flyers, cards computer and writing paper You could also offer a tour of the site. and envelopes Paper towel and toilet rolls, Packing boxes, shoe and gift boxes, dry pizza boxes and food and detergent boxes loose cardboard Post signs that remind residents to recycle and that Region of Durham Works Depar tment Waste Management Ser vices identify where the recycling cart/bins are located. Change signs regularly - they should be up-to-date and fresh looking. Distribute any updates to your recycling program. Invite a speaker from Durham Region to talk to residents about recycling. Set up a lobby display with recycling information by Durham Region. Try to use images instead of words to illustrate what can or cannot be recycled. Build pride by reporting on how much residents are recycling. 5 PAPERS CARDBOARD CONTAINERS BOXBOARD

7 Five steps to a successful recycling program 5. Troubleshooting Planning and implementing a successful recycling program requires that contingency plans and measures be ready for action when unexpected situations arise. The following Troubleshooting tips provide solutions to issues that you may face. CONTAMINATION Contamination is any material that is not accepted in the recycling program It can be difficult to control in the multi-residential setting as it is often impossible to determine who caused the contamination. Ways to prevent contamination include: Erect signs with visual examples of what s not recyclable. Remove contamination upon discovery so it doesn t send the wrong message. BLOCKED ACCESS Collection trucks require plenty of overhead clearance. Clear away low branches and report low hanging wires. Moving times and winter weather also present access issues. If access becomes a persistent problem, contact Region stall to review other options for a set-out location. No Parking signs should be posted in front of the designated waste collection area to ensure clear access. SCAVENGING Recyclables are a commodity and as such have a monetary value. When recyclable materials are valued high, scavengers become more prevalent. Scavenging costs the recycling program money by reducing the revenue received for these materials. Scavenging should be reported to Regional staff for action. BROKEN RECYCLING CARTS/BINS Damaged or broken carts/bins should be removed from use as they are a potential safety hazard to staff, residents, collection staff and others in the area. A split or damaged cart/bin may result in lost recyclables during emptying and often a mess. There is also a risk of the cart/bin falling when it is being lifted. Contact Regional staff for replacement. CONTINUOUS MONITORING If you recycling rates stay the same, take some time to revitalize your recycling program. Switch up posters, send out reminders and refresh your labels and signs. Ensure that new residents have program information and the tools to participate i.e. a blue bag, fridge magnet and the guidelines brochure. They should also be aware of the location of the recycling carts/bins. Durham Region staff can assist you with educating your residents on the do s and don ts of recycling and the important role recycling plays in helping conserve natural resources in our environment. 6

8 RECYCLE TIPS Tip #1: Contamination Contamination may occur as a result of recycling carts/bins being used as garbage cans. Place garbage cans next to the recycling cart/bins to make it convenient for residents to dispose of non-recyclables or garbage. Use signs and labels both on and around recycling carts/bins. Communication and education for residents becomes very important when contamination is discovered. Tip #2 Access to carts/bins The recycling truck must have clear acces to the carts/bins on collection day and the carts/bins must be set out at the designated time and location. Collection may take place throughout the day so maintain clear access to the carts/bins. To ensure easy access, remove anything that may impede truck access to load. Tip #3: Special occasion waste During such times as holidays, large amounts of recyclable material can be generated quickly and cause carts/bins to overflow. Maintain a designated area for overflow to prevent recyclables from building up and blocking access points. If overflow becomes a weekly event...congratulations! Your recycling program is working and you may need more carts/bins. Contact the Region of Durham at Tip #4: Construction onsite In the event of both planned or emergency construction on your property that may limit access to the carts/bins by the collection truck, contact the Region of Durham immediately. We may be able to help by rescheduling your collection to avoid a missed pickup. Tip #5: Information, information, information The more information you provide to your residents, the more effective your recycling program becomes. If there are any changes to your collection process, notify your residents. Posting the amount of materials that they have diverted from landfill acknowledges their participation and may encourage residents who don t currently participate to become active recyclers. If you would like to have the Region of Durham speak to your residents about recycling or if you would like to set up a display, contact the Region at We re here to help! 7

9 Region of Durham Recycling Guide CONTAINERS Plastic bottles with a twist-off top up to 15 litres in size Plastic tubs and lids up to four litres Glass bottles and jars Metal food and beverage cans Aluminum trays and foil Aluminum pie plates Paper milk, juice cartons Drinking boxes Empty aerosol cans Dry, empty metal paint cans Plastic Paper cartons CARDBOARD BOXBOARD Dry food boxes (liners removed) Tissue boxes Toilet paper rolls Paper towel rolls Clean pizza boxes Shoe and gift boxes Packaging boxes Cardboard cartons Boxboard PAPERS Newspaper Magazines Soft-cover books Writing and scrap paper Office and computer paper Catalogues Telephone books Calendars Gift wrap (no foil) Cards and envelopes Household Metal Cardboard Office Glass CONTAINERS CARDBOARD BOXBOARD PAPERS

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