After cooking a salmon fillet or striploin steak this weekend, be sure to place the coloured plastic foam, or expanded polystyrene, meat trays in the garbage.
The City of Kingston has announced that coloured or dyed plastic foam, or expanded polystyrene — often used for meat tray packaging — will not be accepted in the blue box program starting May 9. White plastic foam can still be recycled.
Although coloured plastic foam has been accepted in blue boxes for many years, it has recently caused many challenges for the recycling program because of limited markets and low value, according to a city report to the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Policies Committee.
The Kingston Area Recycling Centre typically markets 45 tonnes of plastic foam each year, but coloured plastic foam accounts for just one or two tonnes, noted the report.