Garbage Isn’t Garbage Anymore

Children Recycling

Our garbage stream at Lake Edge has changed this year. It seems that garbage will be almost non-existent in an attempt by our township, to extend the life of it’s landfill. Our township has mandated clear garbage bags for collection to stop recyclables from ending up in the dump and a long list of compostable materials to be diverted from the garbage and handled separately. What is classified as real garbage must be put in clear plastic bags which we will supply.  As such, if anything in the clear plastic bag is not real garbage, it will not be picked up from the roadside.  So, if you try to sneak in  some vegetable matter, bones or paper towels for example, they won’t pick the bag up because those things should have been put into the compostable stream. We will post signs at each cottage to help you with recycling, composting and to minimize what is indeed true garbage.  Here’s a list of what is what.  Hopefully it will be similar to what you are currently doing at home.  We appreciate all your help in this endeavour.  We don’t want to have to root through your garbage to remove what should be put elsewhere.  If you are not sure about something, please ask us in person, by email or by phone.  As Kermit the frog would say “It is not easy being green”, but we want to do our best for the environment.  Thanks!

GARBAGE IN CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS IN THE TRASH CAN AT YOUR COTTAGE:

  • cling wrap (Glad, Saran, etc.)
  • potato chip bags
  • pasta bags
  • straws
  • coffee cup lids (Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s etc.)
  • Bounce sheets
  • styrofoam
  • stay fresh food packets (individual tea bags, instant soup mix, hot chocolate, etc.)
  • pet waste (dog poop) in poop bags
  • used diapers

BATHROOM GARBAGE IN OPAQUE PRIVACY BAG:

  • condoms (they cannot be flushed down the toilet because of our septic system)
  • menstrual pads (wrapped in toilet paper)
  • used tampons (they cannot be flushed down the toilet because of our septic system)
  • Q-tips
  • baby/facial/make-up remover/personal hygiene wipes
  • dental floss

COMPOSTABLES IN CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS:  (MUST be placed in the freezer in the fish hut to eliminate rotting odours that can attract wildlife, maggots and bugs.  Peter will then deliver the bags to the landfill’s composting station.  There is no curb side pick-up for compostables here, yet.)

  • fish guts/skin/scales/bones
  • bones, meat, fat, leftover food that you no longer want to keep
  • bacon fat
  • cooking oils
  • wax paper
  • parchment paper
  • used paper towels
  • used facial tissues
  • pet fur
  • old dairy removed from their containers (milk products, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, cheese)
  • vegetables & fruit (can be added to our on-site compost bins if you wish)
  • bread (can be added to our on-site compost bins if you wish)
  • coffee filters with coffee grounds (can be added to our on-site compost bins if you wish)
  • tea bags (can be added to our on-site compost bins if you wish)

BLUE BIN FOR RECYCLING:

  • pop/beer cans
  • glass jars
  • tetra packs
  • glass/plastic bottles
  • food cans
  • egg cartons (fiber or plastic only; styrofoam is garbage)
  • toilet paper rolls
  • paper towel rolls
  • paper/newspaper/magazines
  • cardboard
  • tinfoil
  • plastic containers
  • plastic bags from grocery store or produce department
  • lunch meat wrappers