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Toronto expands list of 'soft plastics' that can now be recycled
Published Monday, June 1, 2015 11:32AM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:53PM EST
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The City of Toronto has expanded the number of items that can be recycled through its curbside collection blue bin program.
The new rules, which include recycling of more “soft plastics” than before, takes effect on June 1.
The change is expected to divert thousands of additional tonnes of material from landfill sites.
As of June 1, 2015, the additional plastics that can be placed in recycling bins includes:
- milk bags (inner pouches and outer bag)
- bread bags (non-foil)
- sandwich bags (e.g. resealable type bags)
- bulk food bags
- produce bags
- dry cleaning bags
- newspaper/flyer bags
- diaper and feminine hygiene outer bag
- frozen fruit bags and vegetable bags
- transparent recycling bags
- over-wrap from toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, water and soft drink packaging
- garden soil, manure or compost bags
- road salt bags
The City of Toronto has also included a list of items that are not included in the expanded recycling program:
- Biodegradable plastic containers and film (e.g. compostable plastic bags)
- Any type of black coloured plastic
- Laminated plastic film (e.g. chip bags and stand-up resealable pouch bags)
- Snack food bags (e.g. potato chips, peanuts, cookies)
- Meat and cheese bag packages
- Household cling wrap
- Cereal liners
- Candy bar wrappers
- Plastic bubble wrap
- Shower liners, pool covers, boat wrap
For a full list of what can be recycled, click here.