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It’s In Your Hands April 22, 2013 is Earth Day
Recycling 101 - The Basics Did you know you can use ANY yellow bin you see around the East Kootenay? With over 600 bins available, recycling has never been easier! Here are some quick tips to remember: • All plastics MUST be clean and have a number between 1 and 6. That number must be in the triangular recycling symbol. If there is no number, it should go in the garbage if it can’t be reused. • All plastic grocery/shopping bags can be recycled -- even if they don’t have a number on them. This is the only item that can be recycled if it doesn’t have a number. All other plastics must be numbered • Styrofoam CANNOT be recycled -- even if it’s marked with a #6. • Tin cans should be well rinsed with labels removed, if possible. • Cardboard should be flattened to save bin space. • Foil covered or waxy papers (like milk cartons or foil greeting cards) cannot be recycled. Milk cartons can be taken to the Cranbrook Bottle Depot for recycling.
Only Certain Glass Is Recyclable Glass goes in the yellow bins marked “Glass Only”. The only glass that is accepted for recycling is food-grade glass, which is anything that holds your food or beverages. This includes: • jam jars • salsa jars
• olive oil jars • beverage bottles Drinking glasses, dishes, picture frames, trinkets, ceramics, light bulbs, window glass, etc. should NEVER go in the glass recycling bin. They contaminate the load. Please remember to remove all lids. In the Cranbrook/Kimberley area, the glass recycling bins are located at the Cranbrook Transfer Station, Christ the Servant Church parking lot, Cranbrook Bottle Depot, College of the Rockies, Kimberley Transfer Station, New & Nearly New, and Lindsay Park Elementary School.
Learn More About Earth Day Earth Week is a great time to think about what each of us can do to make a positive difference. Reducing, reusing and recycling really add up. This year, they have two Earth Day challenges: Act for the Planet (for schools and students) and Take It Up for Earth Day (for everyone). The 2012 Earth Day challenges offer: •
Step-by-step guides that kids, teachers/ group leaders can use
• Tips and activities for individuals, groups and businesses to work together to keep commitments • Chances to win great prizes and rewards. www.earthday.ca
Electronics Recycling Expands The electronics recycling depot for this area is: Cranbrook Bottle Depot 1125 Industrial Rd #3 Phone: 250-417-0306 They accept a wide range of electronics, including: • Televisions • Earphones • Computers & peripherals • Microphones (keyboard, mouse) • Telephones • Monitors • Discman, walkman • Fax machines • Radios • DVD/VHS players • Cable, satellite and PVR boxes • Scanners • Vehicle audio and video systems • Stereos, MP3 players, Speakers This year the program also expanded to include over 120 new items, such as: • Blenders • Microwaves • Food Processors and mixers • Bread makers • Coffee grinders • Automatic toothbrushes • Electric razors
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Bathroom scales Clocks and timers Ironing Boards and Irons Portable fans Portable heaters
Keep Batteries out of the Landfill Both your alkaline and rechargeable batteries are recyclable! From AAA to odd size batteries (like the ones in your portable phone), batteries can be recycled in many communities around the region. The drop off locations for old batteries and cellphones include: • Cranbrook • Kootenay Communications Photo • The Source (in the Tamarack • Staples Centre)
Fluorescent Light Recycling Arrives There is a Provincial recycling program for residential compact fluorescent and tube light bulbs. The program accepts residential CFL and tube lights. For commercially generated fluorescents, please email pickup@ lightrecycle.ca to apply for a collection container or call 1-888-811-6234 for more information. There are two depots in the Cranbrook/Kimberley area for residential fluorescents: Home Hardware - Cranbrook 1901 McPhee Rd. Cranbrook
Skyway Distributors 304 Slater Road NW Cranbrook
Pesticides, Herbicides, Gas & More The household hazardous waste depot for Cranbrook and Kimberley is: Cranbrook Bottle Depot 1125 Industrial Rd #3 Phone: 250-417-0306 They accept household paints, and certain flammable liquids, gasoline and domestic pesticides. The program is run by Product Care and we strongly recommend you visit www.productcare.org prior to going to the Bottle Depot.
For more information, contact the RDEK at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335
April 18, 2013 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman