The Three R’s
Recycling is one of the most important things people can do to keep the earth healthy and clean. Along with reducing and reusing, recycling forms the three R’s of protecting the environment. There are three processes involved with recycling at Fredericton Region Solid Waste – Sorting, Processing and Selling.
People help save the earth every day when they sort their recyclables into two bins. The first is the blue bin which is where you put plastic and metal recyclables. Here’s a list of some of the items that go in the blue bin:
- Refundable containers such as soda bottles and juice boxes
- Metal food cans
- Plastic containers
- No. 4 Plastic grocery bags
- Milk cartons
Before you place the items in the blue box, there are a few things you should know:
- Check the plastic type (we accept types 1 to 7)
- Rinse all cans, plastic bottles and containers
- Leave the labels on
- Remove the bottle caps
- Set your blue box out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day
The second bin for sorting recyclables is grey and is where you place your paper products. Here’s a list of some of the items that go in the grey box:
- Paperback books
- White and coloured paper
Before you put the items in the grey box, there are a few things you should do:
- Remove all plastic liners and flatten boxes
- Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed
- Set your grey box out by 7 am on your scheduled collection day
Once the recyclables are sorted, you can place the boxes curbside for pickup on your neighbourhood’s scheduled collection day. However, curbside pickup is just one way of getting recyclables from your home to our Recycling Centre. Another is by taking your recyclables to a depot in your area and placing them in the appropriate large bins. You can find recycling depots in Fredericton, Oromocto and Minto. Recyclables can also be dropped off directly at the FRSW facility free of charge.
The locations for the Fredericton recycling depots are as follows: 232 Rookwood Ave, Brookside Mall, and Willie O’Ree Place parking lot on the Northside.
The depots are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The following is a list items accepted at the depots: Corrugated cardboard, boxboard, newspapers, flyers, magazines, catalogues, office paper, paperback books, plastic containers, No. 4 plastic bags, refundable beverage containers, milk cartons and metal cans.
The town of Oromocto has three recycling depots located at the Oromocto Market Superstore, Gateway Mall and Freeman’s Convenience Store.
The depots are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and accept the following items: corrugated cardboard, boxboard, newspapers, flyers, magazines, catalogues, office paper, paperback books, plastic containers, No. 4 plastic bags, refundable beverage containers, milk cartons and metal cans.
Recyclables can be dropped off in Minto at 80 Logue Road, the home of Minlak Training Programs (www.minilak.com). Since 1996, Minlak – in partnership with the Village of Minto – has operated Minlak Recycling, a collection and sorting depot for recyclable materials. The depot also provides employment for intellectually and/or physically challenged adults.
Products can be dropped off at any time in the designated buildings. Minlak Recycling accepts newspaper, office paper, box board, magazines and other glossy paper; corrugated cardboard, No. 4 plastic bags, and refundable beverage containers. For more information about Minlak, contact manager Kathy Maston at (506) 327-6817.