FAQ

General Questions

Are milk cartons recyclable?

Yes. The revenue generated helps offset some of the cost of the recycling program. The price for recyclables varies according to the product and the market available. Milk cartons and similar items such as soy milk, coffee cream, orange and other juice containers are actually plastic and can be placed in your blue box.

Can I recycle glass?

Glass refundable beverage containers can be taken to a redemption centre for deposit.
Non-refundable glass (i.e. jars, window panes) are not recyclable at FRSW. Lack of a viable market in close proximity is a major reason. Transportation, collection, and handling costs are very high for glass. This factor, along with the fact that glass is benign in the landfill (it is made of silica), contributes to our decision to not recycle glass. Glass can also contaminate other recyclable products.

Can I Recycle Styrofoam™ at FRSW?

No. Although there may be a recycle symbol on the product, it is not a compatible product to recycle in the region.

Can I recycle florescent Lightbulbs?

Florescent lightbulbs cannot be recycled, but there are two ways to properly dispose of the products. FRSW recommends bringing the bulbs to its no charge service Household Hazardous Waste on-site depot each Wednesday (730 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or Saturday (730 a.m. to 3 p.m.). We are located at 1775 Alison Blvd. The bulbs can also be placed in your garbage bag, but we recommend wrapping them in newspaper to reduce the risk of breaking.

Where can I recycle my electronics?

FRSW does not recycle electronic waste, but is a supporter of the New Brunswick E-Waste programs. Please see below for local e-waste centres.
1. Best Metal Bottles
2. Northside Redemption Centre
3. Southside Redemption
4. Tri R Redemption

Do I need to remove staples and paper clips?

No, you do not need to remove staples and paper clips. New advances in technologies have provided paper mills with processes to remove metals items. This, in turn, has made it easier for consumers to recycle.

What happens to the recyclables?

All the recyclable material collected in the Fredericton Region is sorted, baled and sold to different manufacturers that reuse it or recycle it into various new products. Some of the products being made into new products are:

Old newsprint is recycled into boxboard.
Cardboard is recycled into new cardboard.
Office paper is recycled into new paper products.
Plastic grocery bags are recycled into new grocery bags.
Aluminum (such as soft drink cans) is manufactured into aluminum sheeting.
Steel cans (such as soup and juice cans) can go into bus siding.
Some plastic containers are being made into polyester yarn for carpets, clothing or packaging.
Juice boxes are used for paper towel and tissue production.

What happens to the revenue generated from the sale of recyclable materials?

The revenue generated helps offset some of the cost of the recycling program. The price for recyclables varies according to the product and the market available.

Will I Get My Containers With HHW Product Back?

Unfortunately, the containers residents bring containing HHW of any variety will not be transferred to another on-site container and will be kept at FRSW for proper removal.

How do I get to the landfill site?

On New Brunswick Highway 7, North and South, take Exit 5. When driving South, turn right off exit 5 and then left onto Alison Boulevard. When driving North, turn left off exit 5 and then left onto Alison Boulevard. FRSW is located at 1775 Alison Blvd on the left.

Where do I get recycle boxes?

If you are a resident of the City of Fredericton or Village of New Maryland, you can purchase your blue and grey recycle boxes at various retail outlets. Please note to ensure collection, you are purchasing bins without wheels. If you live outside the City of Fredericton or Village of New Maryland and are on the region-wide once a month collection system, please call FERO at 472-3376 to have blue and grey boxes delivered to your residence on the next collection day in your area.

What Do I Do With Plastic Tops?

Plastic tops for milk or juice cartons or soda bottles etc are recycled at FRSW. They can be placed in your blue box. To increase space, it is recommended you squeeze air out of the cartons, place the cap back on and make it part of your recycling efforts.

Is This Recyclable?

Refundable Beverage Containers

The revenue generated helps offset some of the cost of the recycling program. The price for recyclables varies according to the product and the market available.

Tires

The revenue generated helps offset some of the cost of the recycling program. The price for recyclables varies according to the product and the market available.

Waste Oil

Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission provides no charge service disposal of waste oil at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

Several garages in the Fredericton – Oromocto area will accept waste oil from do-it-yourself oil changers. Check with your favourite service station for more information.

Car Batteries

Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission provides no charge service disposal of car batteries at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

Rechargeable and Single Use Batteries

The revenue generated helps offset some of the cost of the recycling program. The price for recyclables varies according to the product and the market available.

Paint

Use it up or give it away!

Fredericton Region Solid Waste provides no charge service disposal of paint at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

For disposal of water-based paint with your garbage, solidify the paint by mixing in sawdust, clay, peat or kitty litter and take it to the Regional Landfill or place it in your regular garbage.

Aerosols

Use them until empty or depressurize them by holding the cans upside down and dispensing outside in a safe area. Unused or partially used cans can be brought to the HHW depot.

Propane Tanks

Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission provides no charge service disposal of propane tanks at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Alternatively, you can take them to a propane supplier for disposal.

Explosives, Flares, Fireworks, and Ammunition

The revenue generated helps offset some of the cost of the recycling program. The price for recyclables varies according to the product and the market available.

Flammable Liquids (Gas and Paint Thinners)

Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission provides no charge service disposal of propane tanks at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Alternatively, you can take them to a propane supplier for disposal.

Electronics

Electronics such as old computers will be placed in the landfill. However, some groups recycle and refurbish old computers. One group is Computers for Schools which collects and refurbishes retired computer technology and distributes it – cost free – to public schools and First Nations schools in the province. For more information go to www.cfsnb.ca (English) or www.openb.ca (French).

Other Wastes

Contact the Department of Environment at 453-2690.