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Hamlet of Mt. Lorne
(aka Mile 9 Dump, Mt. Lorne Dump, Robinson Dump)
Please note that returns will not be available after 3pm on all days!!!
Al Foster ( Hamlet council) nominated Mike Bailie for his work at our local Transformation Station for the Zero Waste Project Local Heroes. Mike's nomination was accepted. Check it out . . .
New bins are coming - three paper bins - these new bins will be located at the beginning of the garbage dumpsters so we want people to have a heads up ..
1 for Cardboard
1 for mixed paper
1 for news print
Bins will also be coming for :
1 for glass
1 for mixed plastic
1 for pete 1
1 for tin
1 for tetra packs
1 for milk jugs
1 for wax cartoons
1 for aluminum can s
Compost will be in the big metal building only from now on (instead of the pallet composter at the beginning)
What's up at the Dump?
We have a big red dumpster or roll off for waste metal. All metal can be deposited in this bin and it will be recycled. However, if material other than metal is put in the bin, like regular garbage, old couches, wood, etc. then it will not be able to be recycled and we will no longer have this bin for metal. This means we will no longer be accepting metal at the dump.
So please, METAL ONLY in the big red dumpster and we will all benefit.
Organics is material such as cat litter and dog waste that is natural and will decompose given the chance. But it is material that you wouldn't put in the compost, unless you had a huge (commercial sized) compost pile that reaches temperatures high enough to kill all the foreign organisms
So please, put organic material in the organics pit.
Ask attendant for details or watch for the new signs going up
Wood ashes (including nails)
Paper - contaminated paper that can't be recycled i.e. toilet paper, fast food wrapping etc.
Small yard waste
We have been getting an awful lot of material for the reuse area lately and this is good. However, if the item dropped off is not really reusable, this material has to be taken to the landfill. This is done on a volunteer basis as there is no money for this.
Reusable items that are not reusable, usually mattresses and furniture in not very good shape, cost us more than $70 per ton and cannot go into the dumpsters for transfer.
So please, make sure that items dropped off for reuse are actually reusable or you will be asked to take them to another site that can deal with these items.
How can we increase our Recycling
Let’s face it. It can be a little overwhelming trying to find room and containers to separate our waste into 10 or 15 categories of recyclables.
So make it easy on yourself. Almost all of the stuff we buy and the packaging it is wrapped up in, is made of either some kind of paper product, plastic product or glass or metal. All of these products are entirely recyclable, so really all we need is 3 recycle containers and of course one compost container.
Plastic – all plastic! Yogurt containers, plastic bags, packaging, shrink wrap, bubble wrap etc. Please put plastic bags into one larger plastic bag or inside other plastic containers so they don’t blow around.
Paper - All, yes all, paper can go into this container – magazines, boxboard, old books, cards, junk mail, newspaper.
Cans and bottles – all glass and tin containers and all refundables can go in this container and be quickly separated at the recycling center for your refunds.
And of course compost- compost comprises the majority of most peoples garbage and is the reason that garbage is heavy, messy, smelly and dirty. .
However it is much cleaner and easier to just put all food scraps and leftovers etc. into a bucket with a lid. Your garbage is lighter, smaller, and way less messy. And you have compost for your garden
NOTE: The reason that recycling centers want more separation of materials is that recycling centers sell recyclables to factories who use them as raw materials to manufacture new products. The more separated the recyclables are the higher the selling price. Hard core recyclers will therefore separate #1 PETE plastic into its own category as this material can sell for over $300 a tonne as opposed to $20-30 a tonne for mixed plastic. But PETE plastic can go in with all the other plastic as well. The same is true of the various paper recycling categories.