Where can I recycle my plastic bags?
Plastic film will be removed as an acceptable material in residential recycling programs starting April 1, 2018. Always remember to reduce and reuse before you recycle. To reduce your use of plastic film (bags) bring a reusable bags when shopping. If you have excess plastic grocery bags around your home, you can take them back to participating retail or grocery stores in your community.
Please see the City of Saskatoon’s FAQ’s on Plastic Fim here.
I have completely filled my recycle cart. What can I do with my excess recyclables?
This is a common occurrence, especially around the holiday season. No worries, Loraas has you covered. We welcome you to use our public recycling deposit that open 24/7 located at Loraas Recycle at 1902 1st Avenue North.
Reminder: Please ensure your cart lid is completely closed to allow our drivers can pick up your cart. This will also help reduce windblown litter.
Do I need to rinse my recyclables? Why?
Yes, but we do have a small bit of wiggle room. Loraas Recycle asks that household glass, plastic containers #1-#7 and household aluminum and tin be rinsed of food residues. Why? The reason we ask that your recyclables be rinsed includes:
- Residual food waste increases the risk of contaminating clean recycles, ultimately having those items end up in the landfill;
- Decreases the temptation for unwanted critters and insects; and
- Eliminate the lovely smells associated with rotten foods at our facility.
We do understand water is a valuable resource and not everyone has the ability to rinse containers. Additionally, sometimes that grease and grim is baked on. We ask that you try your best to remove residual food waste from your recyclables by rinsing or wiping or shaking them to the best of your ability. If you consider items too greasy, too contaminated, or too baked on please remove those portions and discard them.
Can I bag my recyclables?
No. Please make sure all recyclable materials are placed loosely into your Loraas blue bin; Except clear bagged shredded paper and plastic #4 grocery bags and film. At the first sorting station, our facility workers hand-sort through the mixed recyclables looking for harmful or non-approved materials, plastic #4 film and clear bagged shredded paper. Our conveyor belts travel at speeds from 70 to 114 meters/minute. After this station, our facility mainly uses specialized machines or programmed computers to identify the different recyclables. If recyclables are placed together or missed by the employees at the first station, they cannot be sorted and separated which would cause damage to our machines or be harmful to our employees down the line.
Can I recycle my styrofoam in my blue Loraas bin?
No. Unfortunately, styrofoam is not recyclable at our facility. This is because styrofoam is compromised of 98% air and only 2% plastic. Specialized equipment and large volumes of styrofoam are required, which our facility does not possess.
Please visit our friends at The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council for more information!
Why are individuals going through my recycle bin?
Loraas is funding and conducting a quality assurance survey of the rates of non-recyclable (contaminant) items being placed in the Loraas recycling bins across several neighborhoods in Saskatoon. Over the course of the summer, we will conduct a maximum of three inspections prior to recycling collection day in your neighborhood. We will always identify as being with the Loraas Recycle company or have attire with logos. We will be checking your Loraas blue-bin for items that do not belong to help you to better understand what is appropriate to recycle and what is not. For households that have no contaminants, a green tag will be assigned to your bin with helpful reminders of what to recycle on the back of the tag. When our team finds two or more contaminants, orange tags will inform you of unrecyclable and potentially dangerous materials in your bin.
The main purpose of our project is to educate ourselves on problem contaminants and to help Loraas ensure the safety of our facility workers and prevent damage to our machines during the recycling process. Our materials recovery facility (MRF) is run by both people and machines, working with conveyor belts moving at high speeds. Our streamlining processes helps preserve the environment by diverting recycling materials away from our landfills. This requires a team effort from both the citizens of Saskatoon and Loraas Recycling.
Should you have any questions or concerns about your recycling, or would like to arrange a tour or educational meeting to better understand what goes on at the Loraas recycling facility, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team at (306)-242-2300 or visit our website at www.loraas.ca. We would be happy to assist you.
How can I recycle my shredded paper?
Shredded paper must be collected in a clear or clear coloured bag before being placed into your recycle bin. Our machines cannot sort loose shredded paper due to its size, therefore it must be manually sorted by our fantastic employees. Please note that small squares, paper strips, and confetti should not be placed loosely in your recycle bin. Placing shredded paper into a black bag is not acceptable as our facility workers remove the bags from the belt by hand and cannot ensure only shredded paper is in the bag.
Can food contaminated cardboard (ie: pizza boxes) be placed in my recycle bin?
Yes and no. The portion of clean cardboard that is not contaminated with food waste can be placed into your recycle bin and the oil-saturated or contaminated part must be thrown in the compost or garbage.
Loraas Recycle does not accept this specific recyclable item. Where do I take it to get recycled (ie: batteries, styrofoam, light bulbs)?
Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC) have an easy-to-use search engine that will help you look up divertible waste materials. For convenient and easy help visit their website at www.saskwastereduction.ca or www.swrc.ca! On their website, SWRC promotes and gives information on free dropoff days for items such as hazardous waste. Visit them today!
Why was my recycling bin not picked up by the truck?
There are few reasons your bin may not have been picked up today by our residential drivers.
- Was the lid open? We can’t pick up bins if the lid is ajar. Loraas Disposal pride ourselves on waste reduction and the risk of litter contamination is increased from bins with loose recyclable materials. Be sure to compact or cut down cardboard to 2 feet x 2 feet (12 inches x 12 inches) any large items before placing them in your bin. Larger items can be taken to our public drop-off open 24/7 at 1902-1st Avenue North location.
- Too close to parked vehicles or other obstacles? A friendly reminder that your bin must be 4 feet (1.2 meters) from any and all obstacles in order for our drivers to pick it up. If they are too close, Loraas runs the risk of damaging those objects. We ask that you pull your bin out slightly from the optical.
- Did you place the wheels of your bin towards the curb? Our trucks use a mechanical arm to pick up your curbside bin. If the bin is facing the wrong way we cannot pick it up.
- Wrong pickup day? If you are unsure of your pickup schedule, please visit the ‘Residential’ section of our website to download and print off a copy for your home.
Additional reasons, information, and solutions for this problem can be found on our Blog.