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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:33

The midnight hour approaches for clear garbage bags

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            Clear bag waste collection becomes mandatory in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Jan. 1—full stop.

            Henceforth from then, private homes, businesses and all other organizations and institutions that receive curbside collection will have to use clear bags for their waste. 

            The clear bags can include one opaque grocery bag for private waste (whatever

that is), and no more than 20 percent recyclable items (by visual inspection)—plus no hazardous waste. Otherwise they will not be collected. Any more than one bag per household per collection day must have a purchased tag attached for extra garbage.

            David Kerr, CKL’s Manager of Environmental Services, says clear-bag collection is already happening in several communities across Ontario, where “it has been proven to reduce the amount of recyclables entering landfill sites and improve worker safety.”

            To help make the transition to clear-bag waste collection a smooth one, the city is offering:

• A 50-percent discount on blue and green recycling boxes and a $10 discount on backyard composters throughout December (while supplies last) at all Municipal Service Centres).

The 2017 Recycling & Waste Collection Calendar—plus other educational booklets and other materials explaining the ins and outs of clear-bag waste collection and city recycling and waste programs. All are available at service centres and libraries, or can be downloaded from the city website (links at city.kawarthalakes.on.ca).

• The My Waste App. Download it for free to your smartphone.

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