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Plastic Bags Go in the Grey Box

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While they may seem like an "odd couple",
plastic bags and stretchy plastic outer-wrap
are placed in the Grey Box.

Simply stuff all of your plastic bags and plastic stretchy outer-wrap into one bag, tie the top of the bag closed and toss it into your Grey Box. It is as simple as that!

Acceptable Plastic Bags / Outer Wrap

Place these items in the Grey Box:

  • Bread bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Electronic wrap (clear)
  • Furniture wrap (clear)
  • Grocery / retail bags (plastic)
  • Milk bags (emptied and rinsed)
  • Newspaper bags
  • Food storage bags (such as Ziploc bags)
  • Outer wrap from pop cases, toilet tissue, paper towels (remove cardboard from outer wrap and place in the Grey Box)
  • Produce bags
  • More grey box items

Place these items in the Garbage:

  • Bio-degradable bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cereal liners / cracker bags
  • Chip bags
  • Cookie bags
  • Juice pouches
  • Laminated or wax coated paper bags (such as cat and dog food bags)
  • Re-sealable frozen fruit pouches
  • Wrappers (such as chocolate bar, candy, granola bar and gum)
  • Woven plastic bags (such as onion, seed and feed bags)
  • More garbage items

Why the Grey Box?

Clean plastic bags and stretchy plastic outer-wrap can be recycled and sold, creating revenue for the Region and helping to keep taxes down.

When plastic bags and stretchy plastic outer-wrap are placed in the Blue Box, along with partially emptied food and drink containers, they can become contaminated, lowering the value of the recyclable materials.

Purchase (or replace) a Grey/Blue Box

Loose Plastic Bags Can Disrupt Machinery

Loose plastic bags and stretchy plastic outer-wrap can jam up machinery at the regional recycling facility causing shut downs and repairs. Those pieces that do get through have to be manually sorted, which is a time consuming and costly process.

In total, the improper recycling of plastic bags and stretchy plastic outer-wrap costs Niagara Region taxpayers $85,000 annually. That is equivalent to the regional tax bill of 55 homes.

Stuff, Tie and Toss your Plastic Bags and Stretchy Plastic Outer-wrap into the Grey Box

The correct method to recycle your plastic bags and stretchy plastic outer-wrap is as follows:

  • Step 1: Stuff all of your plastic bags and stretchy plastic outer-wrap into one bag
  • Step 2: Tie the top of the bag closed
  • Step 3: Toss it into your Grey Box
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