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RECYCLING in Sagamok

Sagamok strives to recycle and divert reclaimable materials from the landfill. Recycling diverts discarded materials so that it can be recovered and repurposed into new products.


Recycling conserves resources and prevents new resources from being extracted from the earth. Diverting materials from being landfilled also reduces Sagamok’s carbon footprint, expenses, and environmental impact.  Please do your part and recycle.  Your children and their children will thank you!



Household Recycling Curbside Pickup

Household recycling pickup is every Tuesday.  Household recycling must be placed at the roadside by 9:00am. 

Commercial/Retail/Office recycling pickup is every Wednesday.   



You can recycle the following materials in Sagamok:


Paper Products

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • catalogues
  • phone books
  • pamphlets
  • flyers (glossy and newsprint)
  • fine papers

Cardboard Products

  • cereal boxes
  • pizza boxes
  • kraft corrugated cardboard 
  • tissue boxes
  • soap boxes
  • shoe boxes
  • toilet paper and paper towel cores
  • milk cartons
  • drink boxes
  • frozen food containers

Aluminum and Steel

  • all food and beverage cans (please rinse and remove labels)
  • aluminum foil
  • aluminum pie plates
  • aluminum take-out food containers
  • frozen dinner trays

Do NOT Recycle

  • chip bags
  • butter wraps
  • cigarette foils
  • frozen juice containers
  • foils contaminated with oils or food or grease
  • tetra packs, juice boxes or foils blister packs for fills, anyfoils with paper or plastic bonded to them

Make sure:  

  • Rinse cans, ensure no food residue is on or in the container before placing it into the recycle bin. 


Plastic Containers

  • All bottles and other containers displaying the recycling symbol P.E.T.E #1 or small-mouthed HDPE #2. 
  • Tubs and lids with wide mouth plastic containers numbered 2, 4 and 5 (such as ice cream, cottage cheese, margarine, sour cream, yougurt, spreads and dips) and laundry detergent jugs. 
  • Plastic bags!

Do NOT Recycle

  • plastic toys, plainting trays, plastic muffin trays, microwave meal trays, plastic bags, clam-shell containers, plant pots, plastic egg-cartons, screw-top lids, containers containing petroleum or pesticide residues are not acceptable. 

Make sure:  

  • Tubs must be empty, clean and the lids removed.  Both lids and containers can be placed in the blue box. 
  • Plastic tubs, pails and lids must be less than 5L in size and made of plastic only (no metal parts). 
  • Please ensure the containers and lids are clean of all debris
  • Place all plastic bags into one bag.  


Aerosol Cans

  • cleaners
  • deodorizers
  • cooking spray
  • glues
  • bug repellant
  • spray paint
  • hairspray
  • shaving cream


Make sure:  

  • Containers are empty, lids removed

Metal Paint and Stain Cans and Lids

  • latex paint
  • alkyde paint
  • varnishes
  • stains
  • primer


Make sure:  

  • Containers are empty, lids removed

Polycoat Cartons       NEW!!!

Polycoat cartons can now be placed in your bluebox.  Polycoat cartons include:

  • milk and juice cartosn (with a gable or tented top)
  • tetra packs (like juice boxes)
  • packaged materials that contain vegetable oils, wine-in-a-box, sauces, fruits and vegetable juices, soups and broths, milk and creams, pet foods and even crackers. 

Make sure:  

  • Containers are empty, lids removed



Why Divert Waste From LANDFILLS?


Economic Benefits

a. Fewer landfill sites are needed, saving the cost of creating new landfills or transporting waste to more distant landfills.

b. Diversion creates jobs: recycling 14,000 tonnes of waste can create nine jobs in recycling, seven jobs in composting.  Simply landfilling creates only one job.

c. Revenue can be generated from selling compost to the community or others.


Environmental Benefits

a. Recycling uses less energy than disposal in a landfill and manufacturing with recycled materials is more energy-efficient than with virgin materials.

b. The greenhouse gases and toxins generated by landfills and incineration are reduced.

c.  More land is available for agriculture and other uses.

d. Reuse and Recycling conserves natural resources.


Social Benefits

a. Reduced landfill usage improves quality of life in adjacent communities and reduces the need for new landfill sites.

b. Less reliance on landfills and incinerators reduces pollutants and improves health.

c. Waste Diversion encourages environmentally sustainable behavior.