Recycling Programs

Keeping Our Workers Healthy During COVID-19

The City of Thunder Bay waste collection crews continue to work hard during these difficult times, collecting our garbage and recycling every week. While collection workers have their own health and safety procedures in place, EcoSuperior is asking residents to help protect the health of our waste collection crews by following these three easy steps:

  • Place used disposable masks, tissues, and napkins in the garbage
  • Ensure all materials placed in garbage bins are bagged properly, and are not loose.
  • Please follow advice from the TBDHU, and keep an appropriate distance of at least 6 feet from waste collection staff.

 

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Recycling

According to your waste collection calendar, curbside recycling collection happens on the same day of the week, every two weeks. There is no limit on the number of items you can recycle, however, the items allowed within the bags are limited. Please pay attention to the contents allowed within each bag for curbside recycling:

 

BAG ONE = Paper

  • Newspapers
  • Flyers
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Paperbacks
  • Fine paper
  • Paper food & beverage cartons (i..e., egg cartons)
  • Boxboard (i.e., cereal boxes)

 

*Cardboard Note:

All corrugated cardboard must be flattened and should be tied securely. These items do not require to be bagged for curbside pickup.

 

BAG TWO: Plastics, Metal, & Carton Containers

  • ALL type #1 & #2 plastic food containers (i.e., plastic bottles, soap bottles, salad and fruit clam shell containers)
  • Pop cans
  •  Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Metal cans

 

*Note:
  1. You cannot recycle plastics labelled type #3 - #7, coffee cups, bottle caps, plastic bags, or the rings around plastic bottles in Thunder Bay.
  2. These items must be separated from the recycling bag, and alternatively disposed of.
  3. All plastics, metals, and cartons must be cleaned in order for recycling to be accepted.

How to Reduce Your Waste:

Refusing, reducing, and reusing items are excellent ways to reduce waste! Before you put something in the recycling or garbage, try to repair or reuse the item. Recycling, donating, and disposing of should be only considered as the last options.

 

Pro Tips:
  • Know what items should go into your recycling bins
  • Buy only what you need, use all that you buy
  • Buy in bulk
  • Try to eliminate excess packaging by buying low-waste

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Recycling Presentations

EcoSuperior is happy to provide presentations to community groups, classrooms, apartment buildings and more to help everyone understand the ins and outs of recycling. Contact melissa@ecosuperior.org for more information and to set up a presentation!

Stay tuned for seasonal offerings including our very popular 'Naturally Gifted' low waste gift wrap guide with easy how-to instructions and more!

Household Battery Recycling

Your household batteries should never be placed in the regular garbage!
EcoSuperior happily accepts your regular household batteries for recycling at our office location. We accept:

  • Used, non-rechargeable single use batteries (6, 9 & 12 volt, AAA, AA, C & D)*
  • Rechargeable batteries*
  • Button batteries

Note: All rechargeable, lithium, and sealed lead-acid batteries must be individually bagged or have the positive terminal taped for safe storage.


Alternative Battery Drop-Off Locations:

  • Brodie, County Park, Mary J. L. Black, and Waverly Library locations
  • Victoriaville Civic Centre
  • Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility
  • Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

Learn more about the disposal of other types of batteries here.

Hazardous Waste Recycling

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste includes items that we use every day at home, such as medications, batteries, or household cleaners. These items can be harmful to both you and the environment, if not disposed of properly.

If your items are marked as Danger, Poison, Warning, or Caution: please bring these items to the Thunder Bay’s Solid Waste & Recycling Facility, or read the City’s ‘Our Green Guide’  for more information on what items can be accepted. Please do not dispose of these items in your garbage, recycling, compost bins, or at EcoSuperior local office.

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Electronic Waste Recycling

What is E-Waste?

E-waste includes any unwanted electronic equipment, such as:

  • Smart devices
  • Used cables
  • Batteries
  • Florescent lights
  • Computers

 

How Much E-Waste Do We Waste?

According to WRW Canada (2020), Canada generated over 638,300 tonnes of e-waste in 2017, and this number is only expected to climb. By 2025, it’s estimated that Canada and the U.S will cumulatively generate 9.25 million metric tonnes of e-waste in that year alone.
Globally, humans dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste last year, the equivalent to the weight of 350 cruise ships (WRW Canada, 2020).

Why Is This an Issue?

  • Only 17.4% has been recycled
  • One tonne of discarded phones or PC's can contain up to 280 grams of gold, silver, copper, platinum, or other high-value metals. $57 billion of which, could have been recycled.
  • It takes roughly 530 lbs of fossil fuels, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 5 tonnes of water to manufacture a new computer.

Why Recycle or Divert E-Waste From the Landfill?

Electronic waste does not belong in the landfill! Not only are these items valuable, but e-waste can also leach toxic substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium into our water bodies and landmasses we need to survive.

Although EcoSuperior has hosted E-Waste Recycling events, we do not accept e-waste at our office location for recycling.
Used, broken, or unwanted electronic waste can be recycled at the City of Thunder bay Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility. Items that can be recycled include:

  • Amplifiers
  • Audio and video players
  • Cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Computers and peripherals
  • Copiers
  • Digital cameras
  • Fax machines
  • Monitors
  • Pagers and PDA's
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Receivers
  • Scanners
  • Speakers
  • Telephones and answering machines
  • Tuners
  • Turntables
  • Televisions
  • Video projectors

Working E-Waste:

If your items are in working condition, please consider donating your items to local donation agencies.

Apartment Recycling

No recycling in your apartment building? EcoSuperior has you covered!

EcoSuperior is proud to provide both tenants and landlords with the necessary resources to set up and maintain an effective apartment recycling program in your building, if not already available.

What’s Included:

  • Recycling information, contacts, and resources
  • Free presentations for tenants to help understand the ins and outs of recycling in your apartment
  • Posters, fridge magnets, & other printed material for residents that clearly lay out the ins and outs of recycling

Landlords:

If you are a property manager or superintendent for an apartment and are interested in our program, please contact melissa@ecosuperior.org or 624-2143 for more information.

 

 

Still have other questions about recycling! Contact melissa@ecosuperior.org

This recycling programming is funded by the City of Thunder Bay, and delivered by EcoSuperior.


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