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Electronic waste on conveyor belt at recycling depot


The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us all for a loop, hasn't it? Everyone has needed to adapt to the changes. From wearing masks to socially distancing, any sense of normality is encouraged.

Recycling is one of those constants. While you may need to make a few tweaks when recycling during COVID, it is reassuring to know you still can. Unfortunately, about 86% of Canada's plastic waste ends up in a landfill.

When was the last time you visited a recycling depot? Below you'll learn recycling dos and don'ts for your next visit. Let's dive in!


One of the positives of the pandemic is you can take the time to learn something new. Now is a prime time to learn if you are not as well versed.

When focusing on waste management, it is reassuring to know that you are helping others in the process. Things such as toilet paper, paper towels, and sanitizing wipes will be more readily available when people recycle.

Since many businesses are running in a limited way, that creates a unique opportunity for households.


What are the recycling dos and don'ts of the pandemic?

It helps to pre-sort your recyclables beforehand at home. Sort them into categories such as glass bottles and jars, containers, paper, plastic bags, etc.

You'll want to respect the recycling depot you visit. Make sure you follow the proper rules and guidelines. Keep in mind; you may have longer wait times due to limited capacity.

In order to keep the DBL recycling depot safe, make sure you only include what is acceptable. Your items will be sorted out so planning ahead will help everyone. To eliminate the number of trips you take, stock up the materials you're dropping off.

Is recycling your only option? Of course not! We encourage you to consider reusing your items.

Do you have things that be used again or donated elsewhere? Is there a friend or neighbour you could lend your things to? Use those glass bottles and jars to store just about anything.

What are the COVID-19 safety precautions you need to be aware of?

The masks you use you never want to recycle. They are considered contaminated so throw them in the trash. The same goes for latex gloves and sanitizing wipes as well.


We hope you got something out of our recycling during COVID article. Take a look around your home, what could you recycle today?

Is there a recycling depot near you? You ought to visit a D.B.L. recycling depot. Our friendly staff will sort your items and will encourage you to return soon.

We thank you for helping the planet during these troubling times. It takes everyone to do their part. We can't wait to see you!


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