Recycling Matters! How Junk Canada Inc. Helps You Recycle
Recycling has been a hot topic in the news lately, with controversy surrounding the reality of how poor North America is at actually diverting recycling out of landfill and into new products and materials. Some materials that should and could be recycled are shipped around the world to developing countries where land is cheaper and regulations are looser. The reality is that recycling can sometimes take some effort, and a large number of theoretically recyclable items end up in the garbage due to contamination, or a lack of cleaning or separation of materials.
Junk Canada Inc. strives to ensure the highest rate of recyclable materials possible, and all electronics, metals, recyclable plastics, and glass are taken to the appropriate facilities that handle these materials. Junk Canada Inc. also handles the full range of recyclable materials, which in Ontario include:
- Liquids and chemicals
- Paper and cardboard
- Food waste
- Light bulbs
- Clothing and textiles
In addition, Junk Canada Inc. takes any and all books to a separate location where they are re-incorporated into recycled paper products in order to reduce the need for trees to be cut down. The only thing Junk Canada Inc. does not handle for recycling purposes is hazardous household materials, chemicals, and large quantities of batteries. However, our Junk Canada Inc. removal experts will be more than happy to answer any inquiries about the appropriate place to dispose of these materials. The City of Toronto Waste Wizard can also help you identify where the appropriate location is for any materials if you have any further questions: www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/waste-wizard/ . The biggest villain in the recycling separation battle is coffee cups, which, due to their wax waterproofing or to their lids, are generally not recycable.
The presence of unrecyclable items and contamination by foodstuffs has resulted in the contamination rate of recycling in Toronto exceeding 25%, which is not only wasteful, it's expensive. Because this material is still processed as recycling before it is recognized to be contaminated and sent to landfill it costs almost twice as much as if it had been put in the garbage to begin with. The City of Toronto estimates that each 1% decrease in the contamination rate would save the City between $600,000 to $1,000,000 every year, which could be reinvested into other green initiatives or other social services. At Junk Canada Inc. we hope that our approach to recycling the materials we remove from your home, and the awareness we try to bring to the importance of separation and organization, has a positive affect not only on your home or outdoor space, but on the GTA and Ontario as we all try to tackle our waste management problems.