Posted by Tim Stobbs on May 8, 2009
A while back my wife noticed some blue bins that showed up in our area about once every two weeks stuffed full of recycling materials. So out of curiosity she looked up the company website and discovered a company that does curb side recycling in town. (For reference all recycling in Regina is normally done by yourself by taking them to large bins located around the city, there is no mandatory curb side program.) So she call them up and got an estimate. Total cost about $10/month.
You see my wife one major issue with our city run recycle bins that are in various locations in the city. None of them take plastic other than milk jugs and this pissed her off. You see back in our last city they took just about everything (glass, plastic, paper, tin) other than compost and diapers. So for back then we basically were only generating about half a big garage bag a week. Without recycling plastic and another kid we were about two full bags a week of trash.
So now we are basically paying to recycle, which strangely I’m ok with. I rather disliked having to drive all over to hit up all the various bids and drop off the material. We got lazy once in a while and it build up. Then it was a big pain to deal with. Now it just all goes out the end of the driveway once every two weeks in two big blue bins. Simple and straight forward.
I’ve also attended a class on composting so I’m giving that another try this summer. So all in all we expect our garage level to drop back down to about one big bag a week. It might be less, but I’m not sure.
So how does recycling work for you? Curb side or do you do it yourself? If you pay for curb side, how much? (I’m curious how programs very from city to city).