Reduce, reuse, rethink: How can we lift Ottawa's lagging recycling rate?

By Jennifer Chevalier, CBC News Ottawa, September 10, 2018

A doll's severed arm. Christmas lights. Even a kitchen sink. None of them recyclable, yet all chucked into Ottawa's blue bins.

Cascades Recovery, the company that processes the city's recycling, believes we can do better.

"You can go onto the City of Ottawa recycling website and find out exactly what's recoverable," said Dan Stone, the site's general manager. "And whatever is not on that list, there's no point in sending it here because it's going to end up in the landfill."

Plastic toys are not recyclable under Ottawa's blue box program. (Jennifer Chevalier/CBC)

The problem, according to people who understand the industry, is that most residents don't bother to do that.

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