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District now accepting mixed recycling

District now accepting mixed recycling

Posted: 2022-06-09 13:38:10 By: thebay

The District of Muskoka announced today that recyclables in the region are now going to a state-of-the-art facility that can effectively sort mixed recycling to make sure they are recycling as much as possible to reach a goal of 60% waste diversion. 

They can now mix acceptable recyclables like paper products and containers together in one box, bin, or clear bag.

Sorting, however, the District says is still critical – in that you need to be absolutely sure you are only recycling the acceptable items in their program.  Items like propane camping cylinders, batteries, sharps or needles, and lightbulbs are not recyclable and require special care.

To learn more about how to properly dispose of any item, try their Waste Wizard online at muskokarecycles.ca or the Muskoka Recycles app. 

  • Keep lids on – Keeping lids on makes sure lids/caps reach their final destination. Small loose items are not recyclable and often end up as litter.
  • Empty recyclables – Dirty material can't be recycled. Empty any products with food inside – this will also help prevent unwanted critters from being attracted to your material at the curbside. 
  • No coffee pods – The coffee pod market is not standardized. Some manufacturers use recyclable plastic outer containers, others make pods from 'compostable' plastic resins or organic products, and others make them from a combination of these materials. This makes it challenging and costly to recycling programs. Keep all coffee pods out of your recycling, or consider using a refillable pod.
  • No textiles/clothing – These items cannot be recycled in our recycling program - there are more valuable and effective ways of handling this material. Look for donation bins, non-profits, charities, and thrift shops around your area to donate textiles, including clothing, curtains, towels, and scrap fabric.