Toronto’s weekly blue box program has expanded to include plastic food jars, tubs and lids. By adding the items to the recycling system, the city hopes to divert 2,000 tonnes of plastic currently sent to a Michigan landfill each year. Residents may also recycle peanut butter and mayonnaise jars, margarine containers, yogurt tubs, sour cream tubs, cottage cheese and yogurt containers, as well as plastic ice cream containers and the lids of any food containers.
Toronto’s blue box program was last expanded in 2001 with the addition of milk cartons, juice boxes, empty paint cans and empty aerosol cans.
A press release quoted Angelos Bacopoulos, general manager of Toronto’s solid waste management services, saying, "Expanding the blue box program is an important step toward our goal of diverting 60 per cent of Toronto’s waste from landfills by the year 2006."
For more details, visit www.toronto.ca/recycle