Regina residents will be seeing a little extra colour added to their property in the next few weeks. Distribution of the city’s new blue rollout recycling bins has already begun, and collection will begin in July. The new curbside recycling program will work much like the existing city operated garbage pickup. Regina will be taking the lead of the City of Saskatoon, who implemented their own curbside recycling program last year.
At the moment the new blue bin collection is only available for single-family homes, but service for multi-family dwellings (like apartment buildings or condo complexes) is scheduled to begin in 2016. City-operated recycling will cost you $91.25 annually (25¢ per day) and will be added to your monthly City utility bill. The program is mandatory and is a major step in Regina City Council's goal to reduce waste going into the landfill by 40% by 2015.
What can I put in my blue bin?
Here is a list of the items that can be included in your City of Regina Blue Bin:
- Cardboard and box board
- Mixed paper
- Beverage cans, bottles and boxes
- Plastic food, drink, and household cleaning containers
- Glass food and beverage containers
- Tin Cans (when you are done playing telephone with them)
What about other stuff?
The new blue bin recycling program is the first step in a larger City waste management initiative. Along with multi-family dwelling curbside recycling, the City has announced that by 2016 new programs will also be available for yard waste collection, bulk waste collection (fridges, stoves, etc.), and household hazardous waste disposal.
Who Knew Recycling Could be This Much Fun!
Schedule For Collection
Curbside collection will be carried out by Saskatchewan’s own Loraas Disposal,while processing will be handled by Emterra Environmental based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Unlike the City’s weekly garbage collection service, pick-up for the new recycling program will take place every two weeks. Check here to find your new recycling schedule.
If you have questions or concerns, check out the City of Regina Frequently Asked Questions page, or leave a comment and we’ll try to answer them as best we can.