Holiday Season – Waste Guide

The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and partaking in fun winter activities. Unfortunately, some of these traditions create excess waste. Once the celebrations have ended, the tree is taken down, and you’re surrounded by a sea of wrapping paper and ribbons – Where do you put all your waste? No worries, Loraas is here to help! This is a simple list of common holiday waste and where they go:

Bubble Wrap & Styrofoam

Even with a ♻ , Styrofoam protection or stretchable product wrapping like bubble wrap should be tossed in the trash (after you’ve popped all the bubbles of course). For recycling, all plastics are required to have a #1 through #7 and the recycling symbol ♻.

There are a few specialized recycled programs for soft plastics; click here to find a location using the The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council search engine.

Festive Decor: Bulbs, Garland, & Ornaments

Although beautiful, these items don’t look as pretty when placed in your recycling cart. Festive decor is not allowed as it can break or wrap in fast moving machinery at the recycling facility.

Get crafty – Try converting these items into homemade wreaths instead. Or try re-homing them by using an online buy and sell.

Rigid Plastic Clamshell Packaging

Every parent’s nightmare – rigid plastic clamshell packaging.  This plastic shares the same name as the recyclable grocery store strawberry containers, except these ones can’t be recycled. The reason? Rigid clamshells usually do not have a recycling symbol and number or are a mixed material (plastic with paper, staples, or cardboard that cannot be disassembled) so toss them in the garbage.

Food Leftovers & Clementine Peelings

If you live outside of Saskatoon, you’re in luck! Food items (i.e. turkey bones, moldy bread, or 100% natural paper fiber item (i.e. paper napkin) can be composted using the Loraas green bin.

Don’t have one? Subscribe now by calling (306) 242-2300.

Gift Accessories: Ribbons, Bows, & Tinsel

Waste, waste and waste! All three of these items cannot be recycled.

If gently used, try reusing them year after year to add a little sparkle to your gifts or tree. Better yet, avoid these items completely.

Gift Bags

Gift bags are recyclable if they are 100% paper with paper handles. If the bag is shiny with a plastic coating or cannot rip, tossed it in the garbage. Ribbon handles should be removed though.

More often than not, all gift bags and boxes will have a recycling symbol on them, however, that only means your product contains recyclable materials not that it can be recycled over again.

Paper Greeting Cards

The test for most paper products: “If you can rip it, we can recycle it.” This excludes cards that are glittery or have lots of little embellishments; please toss these in the garbage.

Better yet, create a new tradition and see how many years you can reuse the same card before tossing it. It’s an amusing way to reuse a normally disposable item and it gives your family members a good chuckle.

Real & Artificial Trees

If your community has a composting facility, check to see if they offer a real tree program. Remember, trees must be free of tinsel and decor in order to be composted.

Artificial trees are made of metal and plastics, but they cannot be recycled. Try donating or selling your tree first, before opting to discard as waste. For end-of-life trees, you can dispose of them at the Loraas Landfill.

Please do not put real or artificial trees in your recycling, waste, or organics carts or bins as they will not be collected.

String Lighting

Never put string lights (a.k.a Christmas lights) and electrical cords in your recycle cart please. These are not recyclable and are incredibly dangerous to employees when they become wrapped up in the machinery.

To find a potential recycling option, click here.

Wrapping & Tissue Paper

Can it tear? Then it can be recycled! This excludes any decorative paper that is glittery, shiny, foil lined, or has a plastic coating. Reuse good quality paper if it cannot be recycled.

A little bit of tape is okay, but try your best to keep recyclables as pure as possible and remove it. All other recyclables should be placed loosely into your cart; don’t bag or box items. But, if the paper is ripped into small pieces, place small shreds into a clear/clear-coloured bag when recycling.


Safe Disposal Options: Ammunition & Firearms

We are in the midst of hunting season. Hunters – do you know what to do with spent bullet casings or out of commission firearms? Although these items are made of plastic and metals, never place them in the blue, black, or green carts or bins.

Ammunition is classified as an explosive and firearms are dangerous weapons – meaning they can’t be recycled. Plastics and metals are used to make these products, but are deemed non-reusable due to the gun powder. In addition, placing either of these items in your cart or bin is extremely dangerous for employees working in the waste and recycling industry; especially at recycling processing Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF). MRFs work together with local police detachments, and all ammunition, firearms, explosives, or dangerous weapons that are retrieved at our facility are handed over. Placing dangerous items in your waste, recycling, or organics cart is not an anonymous disposal technique and, if asked by the authorities, can be traced back to the owner of the cart.

Safe Disposal Option

Residents of Saskatchewan are encouraged to contact their nearest RCMP detachment, municipal police service, or conservation office to arrange the surrender of unwanted firearms, replica firearms, and ammunition. It is vital that you do not transport these items yourself as improper transportation presents a public safety risk and can result in potential criminal charges. Please call ahead to arrange a pick-up and a police or conservation officer will go to your residence to collect all surrendered items.


Changing Eco-Societal Views: Owning VS Buying

Consumerism is becoming a societal norm. Whether you purchase a product or lease it, it’s important to understand how these choices have an effect on our surroundings. When it comes to being eco-friendly, which option holds the least environmental disadvantages – Owning or Leasing?

Owning

Owning a product gives you the highest degree of control over how you manage your resources. You can use it as collateral, sell the product and recover some of the costs, or continue to use it while it remains productive. The greatest benefit with owning a product is that the consumer has the ability to make environmentally-friendly modifications. There are even some tax incentives to help consumers make these beneficial changes. However, with owning comes maintenance costs, product depreciation or appreciation, and consumer responsibility for its end-of-life disposal.

Leasing

As a consumer, leasing is a budget-friendly option for large ticket items such as equipment, vehicles, and apartments. A disadvantage or trade-off of leasing is the manufacturer or business still owns and controls the usage of that product or building. After years of push back from consumers, many companies and manufacturers are opting for recycling take-back programs or creating leasing options for unconventional items like cellphones, furniture, and even live chickens. Some building managers are even implementing ‘Green Leases’; an agreement between a landlord and tenant as to how a building is to be occupied, operated, and managed in a sustainable way. The greatest environmental benefit is that the responsibility for the product is shared. Consumers must ensure the product is returned back in a functioning state.Manufacturers are responsible for the reuse of products again and for finding a recycling or repurposing program before discarding of it as waste.

So which option is better for our planet? The answer is based on you and your personal situation. Make sure to do your research when you are considering purchasing a product or service. Then choose what is best suited for you, your values, and aligns with the most environmentally friendly option.


Clearly Different: Biodegradable VS Compostable Plastic

Many plastic packaging products boast environmentally-friendly benefits such as “biodegradable” and “compostable” capabilities. But, what exactly do these terms mean? In order to fully understand the impacts of our packaging materials on the environment, is it crucial to learn about their breakdown processes.

Biodegradable

The term ‘Biodegradable’ refers to the ability of materials to break down and return to natural components. In order for plastic products to qualify as biodegradable, they must breakdown quicker than their regular plastic counterparts. How do they do this? Simple. Chemicals are added into the plastics to assist in a quicker breakdown. By quicker, manufacturers mean less time than regular plastics – which can be a single year up to multiple decades depending on how the plastic is discarded.

So are biodegradable plastics better for the environment? Not completely. The ability of this plastic to biodegrade helps to reduce the buildup of waste at landfills which is great. However, there is one major disadvantage. During the breakdown process, biodegradable products will break down into smaller and smaller pieces over time (sometimes microplastics), but never fully disappear.

What to look for? As all labeling requirements differ, plastics that are biodegradable will be referred to as Polylactic Acid (PLA) or bioplastics. The biggest downfall of using biodegradable plastics is there are not many end-of-life options for them other than landfilling. Because of the way PLA plastics breakdown and their chemical additives, most local organics programs are unable to accept them. The same is true for recycling facilities, even when the plastic has a #7 PLA with a recycling symbol.

Compostable

The term ‘Compostable’ refers to the capability of a product to fully breaking down into a natural soil-like organic matter – providing the earth with beneficial nutrients. While biodegradable materials are designed to break down within landfills, compostable materials require specific conditions in order to breakdown properly.

So are compostable plastics better for the environment? Maybe, but it depends on how you discard of them. Compostable plastics are made from natural materials, like bamboo, flax, or corn. These plastics require UV sunlight rays, oxygen, and high temperatures to properly breakdown. Without these elements, especially when discarded at the landfill, compostable products will give off methane gas; a Greenhouse Gas. Unfortunately, at-home composting systems and most commercial composting systems have similar issues and usually cannot get hot enough to begin breaking them down either.

What to look for? In order for a product to be labeled ‘compostable’, they cannot contain toxins that could leach into the soil. Labeling standards differ around the world. Therefore, even if a plastic is labelled compostable, you should always double-check it will 100% break down in your style of composting system or local program. Still unsure? Have a local ‘Compost Coach’ help you out.


Part 2 – Worldwide Recycle: Why is it Changing?

In Part 1 of this blog, we learned about the reason why so many recycling programs have been discontinued or have restricted acceptable items. We also discussed the worldwide policies that drive North American recycling markets and why recyclable materials were being sent overseas in the first place. With a potential all-out ban from China in 2020 on solid waste imports, consumers should understand what they can do to protect their local recycling programs. So, here we go again! Part 2 of “Worldwide Recycling: Why is it Changing?”

In order for local recycling markets to succeed, businesses and consumers should look into Circular Economy models. This means purchasing back products made from recycled content or supporting programs that close the waste loop. This differs from the current linear approach of make, purchase, discard, and repeat. So what can we do to safeguard these markets and protect recycling programs long-term?

Step 1: Make sure that your recyclables are clean.

Give your recyclables a rinse or wipe before placing them in your recycling cart. If they cannot be cleaned, then please discard these items into your waste cart. Unfortunately, dirty recyclables cannot be made into new products or worst they contaminate clean recyclables, ruining them for a new life product.

Step 2: “Know before you throw.”

Placing items in your recycling cart that do not belong is called “Wishcycling.” Wishcycling increases contamination in the recycling stream and is dangerous to those working in the waste and recycling industry. Don’t know where to recycle an item or if an item can be placed into your blue cart? Saskatoon residents can “Ask the Wizard”, at www.saskatoon.ca/wastewizard. For Saskatchewan-wide recycling programs, use the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction search engine at www.swrc.ca.

Step 3: Understand the products that you purchase.

Recycling rules differ from place to place. Recycling programs are not stagnant and can change based on worldwide markets. It is vital to educate ourselves frequently about what can and cannot be recycled. Also, research what happens to the products you purchase if you discard them. To do this, you can ask manufacturers, “Can my product be recycled or is it supposed to be discarded as waste?” “Do you provide recycling take-back programs?” “What sustainable actions has your company taken to reduce waste?”

The most important thing to remember about recycling programs is, always reduce and reuse before you consider recycling anything. Not sure why? Come for a tour or book a Lunch & Learn session! We offer free MRF tours at our facility and private education sessions for your business or community group. For more information visit www.loraas.ca/tours. Want the latest information regarding recycling? Follow our social media @LoraasYXE for recycling tips, tricks, and more!


Part 1 – Worldwide Recycling: Why is it changing?

“Items are only recyclable if someone is willing to purchase and use your recycled material to be made into new, marketable products.” In recent years, the recycling market has become vastly more complicated, and consumers are now feeling the rippling negative effects. The domestic capacity and rules for all businesses that process and manufacture recyclable commodities have been restricted worldwide. This means a large number of Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF’s) no longer have overseas markets available that they once did and only a select few local North American markets available. With that being said, a large majority of collectors have chosen to restrict accepted materials in their recycling programs – or sadly close their doors completely.

China is the largest manufacturer of consumable products in the world. In the past, they’ve looked to North America for recycled fiber content and were, “…the primary overseas destination for recyclable commodities worldwide,” (ReMM Consulting Group, 2017) because their softwood forestry industry was not viable to keep up to consumer demand. Asian recycling manufacturers not only had the capacity to handle large outputs of recyclable materials from North America, they were willing to cut costs for transportation and processing; even less than processing in neighbouring provinces. But, due to increased contaminated recycling feedstocks, the Chinese government began redefining the standards for all recycling markets in terms of acceptable levels of contamination; with all other countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippians following suit shortly afterward.  

Policy Changes

Operation Green Fence (2013)

 This policy was implemented in January of 2013, with a sole purpose of protecting Chinese manufacturers from low-quality recyclables, reduce contamination from imported recyclable materials, and to reclaim China’s clean reputation. This policy lowered the acceptable contamination levels in baled recyclable material from 7% to 1.5%.

National Sword (2017)

After Operation Green Fence was a failure, the Chinese government implemented the next policy in February 2017. National Sword nearly halted all recycling programs worldwide when it raised industry standards to only allow 0.5% contamination for all material types being sold for reuse. This policy was intended to reduce contamination further and aim for a circular-economy model. In a study by Mo et al., 2009, it was noted that the focus of this model would help to protect China’s recycling efforts as their own waste accumulation was problematic. China primarily faces domestically produced wastes which allowed them to implement a policy to cease smuggling of wastes into the country from external sources.

Import Ban (2017)

The most recent policy changes occurred on December 31, 2017. This policy allowed China to, “Ban the imports of four classes and 24 types of solid wastes including plastics from living sources, unsorted waste paper, and waste textile materials,” (ReMM Consulting Group, 2017). All changes to the recycling markets were made in an effort to address environmental concerns, worker safety, and quality of finished product.

China has implied that if their policies, bans, and additional efforts do not make a difference, a full ban on all solid waste imports could be coming as soon as 2020. As the demand for cleaner recyclable standards increased worldwide, so did processing costs for collection organizations, and manufactures; placing a heavy burden on our domestic markets. In order to react effectively, new domestic regulations, practices, and equipment must be at least equally as progressive.

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The DL – What is ‘Downcycling’?

By now, we are all participating in using our blue carts to better the planet. Your recyclables are taken to a sorting facility where they are then shipped off to be made into new products and serve a new purpose. When products are melted down and re-recycled over and over they undergo a process called “Downcycling”. So what is it and why does it matter?

Downcycling is a term used in the recycling industry when the quality and strength of a product is reduced when making plastics, paper, and cardboard into new, marketable products. The more times you recycle something, the weaker the bonds become reducing the overall quality of the product.

While some items like household recyclable aluminum foil can repeatedly be reused, other recyclables will slowly breakdown each time they undergo the recycling process. This is most prominent when re-recycling plastics. The number on the bottom of your plastic recyclable containers is its resin identification code. This code will determine the type of plastic and give you a vague idea of how many times it can be recycled before it’s practically waste. For example, a plastic #1 PET pop bottle, on average, can be recycled 7 to 9 times before it must be discarded. During this re-recycling process, your bottle will likely be turned into a lower-quality plastic product like a fruit clamshell or fleece sweater after it has been processed by a manufacturer.

While the quality of the plastic is less than it was originally, it is important to recycle because it helps to lessen the need to use virgin, raw materials for new products and decreases environmental degradation of our landscapes during mining processes. If we really think about it though, all recycling is downcycling because materials cannot last forever.


Sea Change – From the Prairie to the Ocean

Our planet has an overwhelming waste problem on land and at sea. This is caused by the ‘overconsume then discard’ regime of convenience products, like plastic package wrapping and single-use disposables. By now we’ve all heard or seen visuals about marine debris and the damages it causes to our ecosystems and marine life. The Prairie Provinces are hundreds of miles from the coasts. That should mean our waste is “securely” landlocked and cannot contribute to this problem – Right? Not quite.

The answer is ‘potentially’, and directly depends on how the waste is discarded and what type of material the product is made out of. For ease, we will be focusing on plastics. It is estimated that 80% of the plastics in the ocean originates from land-based activities. So what can you do to help reduce the chance your waste will accidentally ending up finding its way to the ocean?

Step One: Prevention!

Careless and improper waste disposal is a contributor – illegal dumping immensely adds to the waste surplus in our seas. The first step in battling ocean debris is to try and prevent them from getting there in the first place. Our waste and recyclables can also be easily blown from truck boxes or escape from carts with lids open. Birds or high winds can take loose material to rivers, sewer systems, or directly into the ocean. The opportunities are endless because all waterways are connected to the ocean. So, never-ever litter regardless of its size; couch, chip bag, or cigarette butt!

Step Two: Follow the 5 R’s!


Refuse, reduce, reuse, rot, then recycle before considering to discard your waste. These steps are put into place to try and cut down on our consumption. However, we can easily refuse or reduce the number of products we purchase that cannot be reused, composted, or recycled that have been proven to be a part of this issue. For some problematic products, the government has already taken action. Luckily in Canada, a regulation was passed in June of 2017 banning the manufacture, import, and sale of toiletries, non-prescription drugs, and natural health products that contain microplastics smaller than 5mm. Plastics of these dimensions were proven to pass through water treatment facilities unscathed. Just to be safe try avoiding these products if you see the following ingredients listed: polyethylene, polypropylene, or polymethyl methacrylate.

Unfortunately, the list does not stop there and ocean waste can also be derived from synthetic clothing too. When washed, this fabric releases small plastic fibres down the drain. They are too small to be filtered out by wastewater facilities and end up being consumed by small marine species, eventually even ending up in our food chain. Overall, purchase wisely or finding alternatives like real wool or cotton because once you buy the product you become liable for responsibly disposing of it.

The bottom line is, regardless of where you are located, marine debris is a worldwide issue. We all have the power to make a difference. Impact starts with small steps and together we can “sea” a difference by creating a big wave of change!


Taking the “Pressure” out of Recycling Propane & Helium

It’s BBQ and party season! Once we’ve chowed down on our burgers and taken down all the party balloons, what comes next for our propane tanks and helium cylinders? The rules for recycling pressurized gases and liquids in tanks and cylinders is tough because these items are considered Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Placing these items in your blue cart or bin and walking away is dangerous! So, what can you do to properly recycle these items? 

Option (1) Household Hazardous Waste Days

Please take these items to a specified Household Hazardous Waste Day if your community participates in them. Propane tanks and helium cylinders are most often accepted, but there are stipulations on the container size, original labeling, and if it still has leftover contents. We recommend storing your empty tanks and cylinders in a cool, well-ventilated location and dropping them off when an event is being hosted. Please call before you drop them off as each community/company has their own rules on allowable items. Contact your community to see when the next available event will be taking place. For Saskatoonians, click here!

Option (2) Take-back Programs, Reuse, and Rent

For propane tanks, the best option is to reuse and refill them. If your tank has expired, some vendors have take-back programs that will allow you to exchange the tank and fill a new one; fees may apply.

For helium cylinders, there are not as many options for recycling and most are not designed to be refilled after each use. Instead of using single-use tanks, there are some novelty stores that have refillable tanks for rent that you could use instead.

Option (3) Scrap Metals Dealers

Propane tanks and helium cylinders often have the recycling symbol ♻ on them. Why? It is the manufacturer’s way to inform consumers that the product contains recycled content; likely being made from recycled metal. Some metals recycling dealers will accept propane tanks if they are bled off or the valve has been removed. Each company/service will have their own rules to protect their employee’s safety so always ensure you always call and ask before you drop off.

With all three options above, please call and talk to a representative to understand the rules of their programs and if they are able to safely accept your item. The rule of thumb when it comes to recycling hazardous waste or any “waste” in general is, “Know before you throw.” This is important to keep all those working in the waste and recycling industry safe. Want to learn more? Follow us on social media @LoraasYXE for the most up to date information about HHW and reminders on HHW days.


Don’t Get Left Behind – “Why wasn’t my cart collected?”

Has this ever happened to you? You hear the big, shiny Loraas truck go by collecting all the carts in your neighbourhood. You go out to the street to collect your cart and bring it back onto your property and realize, “My cart wasn’t emptied!” Ugh! We understand this can be super frustrating. Like many other services available to the public, there are several rules that need to be followed for appropriate business exchanges.

Don’t want to get left behind again? Loraas is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes on why your cart may not have been collected. Have you ever:

  • Placed your cart too close to obstructions?

The most common reason for a cart not being picked up is because it was not placed far enough from obstructions. In order to ensure we don’t damage other’s property, our collection trucks need at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) of space between the blue, black, or green carts or other objects like cars.

The Solution: If your cart is placed between two vehicles, simply roll it out further away from the curb so the mechanical arm can reach without damaging surrounding objects. Another solution is to place your cart on the opposite side of the street where there is more room. If these two solutions do not work, you may have to talk to your neighbours to ensure the carts are placed with enough accessible space to be collected and/or vehicles are parked a short distance away.

  • Unsure of what direction to face the cart?

Similar to the previous case, we require that you face the wheels of your cart towards the curb. This is important for the mechanical arm that empties your waste into a Loraas truck. If the cart is facing the wrong way, the trucks cannot grab onto the carts to collect. What about snow if there are snow banks blocking you from placing your cart at the curb? Simply place your cart as close to the curb as possible.

  • Filled your cart so full you could not close the lid?

The most common mistake is having carts with far too much contents leaving the lids wide open or partially open. We love to hear that you’re enjoying using your carts, however, our drivers have been advised not to pick-up these carts as they have a high risk for litter contamination.

The Solution: For recyclables, the easiest thing to resolve this issue is to flatten or break down large cardboard and plastics #1 to #7 to 2ft x 2ft (60cm x 60cm).  Another option is to take excess recycling to one of the many drop-off depots including Loraas’ public drop-off located at 1902 1st Avenue North; open 24/7 to the public.

For overflowing garbage, you may have to re-evaluate if that “garbage” can be recycled or diverted from the landfill instead of being thrown away. Visit www.swrc.ca to see different recycling or diversion programs in your community.

  • Accidentally mixed up your pickup day?

Sometimes pickup schedules or frequency change throughout the year. It could be possible you placed your cart out on the wrong day or put the wrong cart out for collection.

The Solution: Double check your pickup schedule. For rural Loraas customers, visit our website and print off your community’s Collection Calendar or call our Client Service number at (306) 242-2300. If you’re a City of Saskatoon resident, you can download the electronic collection calendar at www.saskatoon.ca/recycle or get text reminders using their handy waste app. Lastly, create simple reminder prompts. Place a coloured dot on your calendar to represent specific collection days.

  • Do you live at the end of a cul-de-sac?

If yes, there are different rules for your curbside pickup. All carts are to be placed 16 feet (4.8 meters) from the furthest endpoint of the cul-de-sac so vehicles, including our trucks, have enough room to continue driving. Carts are to be placed in a straight line all facing the same direction and placed at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) apart.

The Solution: Get neighbourly! By that, we mean simply talking to your neighbours to confirm everyone understands and participates so you don’t get missed.

  • Slept in past 7:00 AM and placed your cart out at a different time in the morning?

Residential curbside pickup commences at 7:00 A.M. sharp. Please have your cart at the curb by this time regardless of if your driver typically comes at different times throughout the day. Pickup times may vary depending on different drivers or how many drivers are available that day. Reminder to pull your cart back onto your property by 7:00 PM.

The Solution: If early mornings are problematic, place your cart at the curb late evening to avoid being missed. Going on a holiday? Ask your friendly neighbour to give you assistance, take your waste to the landfill, or take organics to a drop-off depot before you jet off.

  • Where items left in your cart after pickup?

We love all of our avid recyclers and promote using the cart as much as possible. However, during certain times of the year, you may have excess recyclables (or other waste). Packing too many items in your cart may make it difficult to empty it completely. Or if items are still wet from rinsing, they could freeze to the sides of the cart during cold weather.

The Solution: Instead of using your foot to pack as much into the carts as possible, we welcome you to use the many free recycling depots across the City. Also, allow your recyclables to fully dry before placing them into the cart.

  • Placed an item in your blue or green carts, but were not 100% sure it belonged?

Lots of residents are what we like to call “Wish-cyclers”.  Not all recyclables or items with the recycling symbol are accepted in our curbside program. The same goes with items labeled organic, biodegradable, and compostable. If too many non-acceptable items, especially hazardous or items with warning labels are identified in your cart, our drivers are advised not to pick them up to protect workers in the waste and recycling industry.

The Solution: Give us a call. Drivers have likely advised our customer care team why your cart was not collected. Our knowledgable team will able to assist you or give you further education. Still unsure? Visit the ‘What can be recycled?’ section of the website to understand how to use the programs correctly, download and print off help guidelines, or watch our simple videos. Or use one of the recycling search engines online, like SWRC or the Waste Wizard to, “…know before your throw!”

Loraas’ disposal and waste diversion programs are incredibly efficient processes, but only if used correctly. We are continually looking towards creating a cleaner and better future for the next generations and diverting unnecessary or recyclable waste from our landfills. For the most up to date information, make sure to follow our social media @LoraasYXE for messaging about storms, missed areas, cart tips, and more. Thank you for your continued participation and with this new information, you’ll never be left behind again!