Starting September 25th and continuing until the end of February, 2019, two groups of 100 homes in the East end of Cobourg will participate in a pilot project to determine the parameters and viability of recycling glass in separate bins. Yellow bins will be issued to these homes and they will be asked to use them for the bottles or jars now put in with other recyclables. This is separate and additional to the planned twin bins for recyclables and separate collection of organic waste planned to be implemented 1 Sept 2019 (see link below). The pilot project is required so that the Waste Management people at the County can learn just what the volume would be and whether it is worth doing.
Below is a graphic showing the current separate ways for recyclables to be collected.
LCBO and beer bottles have a deposit (refundable at the beer store) so although these will be accepted, it would seem their volume would be small. There are other restrictions:
- Please clean before putting them in the yellow box and place metal lids with your other recyclables
- Broken glass cannot be accepted for health and safety reasons. Please wrap broken glass in multiple layers of newspaper and put in the garbage.
- Only glass bottles and jars are accepted. No drinking glasses, mirrors, window panes, dishware, etc.
The yellow boxes will be collected by a special truck for this pilot project on the same day as regular garbage and recyclables are picked up (that’s generally Tuesday in Cobourg). That’s weekly although I’d guess they will end up with a less frequent schedule for glass. Separate collection will allow weighing, measuring and other testing on the materials collected, which will help determine the success of the project.
- Changes coming to re-cycling in 2019 (on 1 Sept) – 6 July 2018
- Full description of Project on County Web site