Recycling FAQs

Becoming an efficient and effective recycler is the first step to successful recycling. Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions about the recycling process:

Why should I properly flatten cardboard and boxboard before placing it in recycling?

Unflattened cardboard takes up a lot of room. If cardboard and boxboard is not flattened before placed in recycling, the bins will fill up more quickly. Boxes may overflow onto the ground causing recycling depots sites to look unclean and unkept. Recycling bin over can easily be avoided if cardboard and boxboard is collapsed before disposal.

Why is must plastics, tin, containers, cans and glass be clean, unsoiled, dry and label free before throwing it in the recycling bins?

Recycled items must be clean and dry mainly to prevent contamination. Recycling management cannot recycle contaminated material. When processing the material, the contaminated materials gets separated out and thrown in with waste at the landfill. If tins, cans, plastics aren’t rinsed free of spoilable material it has the potential of contaminating other items in the bins.  Rinsing out the materials helps prevent and reduce foul odours and mould from developing; and keeps unwanted insects and other animals away. 

Why must glass; paper; cardboard and boxboard; and tins and plastics be separated from each other when placing in recycling bins?

The current recycling service that’s provided to the County isn’t single-stream. Materials must be separated initially in order to prevent contamination of recycled items. Glass; paper; cardboard and boxboard; tins, can and metals; bottles; and plastics are not recycled in the same processor. Contaminated recyclable items end up being diverted to the waste pile. 

Why can’t pizza boxes and other food stained paper products be recycled?

Food and oil from food is one of the worst contaminants in the paper recycling process. If pizza boxes, and food soiled napkins and cardboard/paper are thrown in recycle it will contaminate the other products deeming it non-recyclable and thrown in the waste pile.

Can cell phones, appliances, batteries and other electronics be thrown in the tins, cans, metals and plastics recycling bin?

No, there is an Alberta government ran program that recycles electronics, appliances and batteries separately. The Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management; West Grande Prairie Landfill; Demmitt Transfer Station; and Teepee Creek Transfer Station accepts recycled material which Alberta Recycling Management Authority collects.