Free recycling Blue Bags for your tenants

 

Recycling bag

To help make recycling easier and more convenient for your residents, the City of Ottawa, in partnership with Progressive Waste Solutions, is providing FREE recycling Blue Bags to building owners to give to residents.

Blue Bag distribution provides a good opportunity to remind tenants of the recycling arrangements at the complex.

The Blue Bag is reusable, made from a plasticized  material for durability, and can be used to sort and store recyclables until they are transported to the recycling bins for disposal. Storing and transporting recyclables just got easier for your residents.

Along with the Blue Bag, residents will also receive information about how to use the bag and a copy of the What bin to put it in" brochure.

How do I order the free recycling Blue Bags?

Contact Cassandra Ross of Progressive Waste Solutions to request the Blue Bags for your site at cassandra.ross@progressivewaste.com or call 613-740-3269.

Blue Bags can be ordered and delivered free of charge between September 2015 and September 2016. This is a one-time offer/delivery.

Who is responsible for delivering the Blue Bags to each apartment/unit?

We ask for your cooperation to distribute the Blue Bag to each unit and homes served by bin recycling collection. (The program does NOT apply to units/homes served by curbside recycling collection).

Help us keep waste out of the landfill by recycling.

Free recycling Blue Bags for your tenants

 

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Welcome to the overview of the Blue Bag
program.

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This 5 minute presentation is designed for
property owners, managers and

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superintendents who own or manage buildings

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or properties receiving bin or container recycling
collection.

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My name is Ray Garner, Program Manager for
Solid Waste Services with the City of Ottawa.

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I’ll be taking you through this program overview
today.

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I have more than 15 years of work experience

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mainly with the City in solid waste
management.

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Today I’d like to introduce you to the Blue Bag
program – a new City program

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launched in partnership with Progressive Waste
Solutions.

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Let’s look at this new recycling initiative that
could help you reduce your collection costs

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and save you some money!

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In this presentation you’ll receive information
regarding:

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• Facts about multi residential recycling

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• An overview of the Blue Bag program

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• Information on the business case for blue bag
recycling

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• Ordering blue bags for your building

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• Contact information for program
administrators

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Let’s start by addressing important facts about
multi residential recycling.

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Apartments, condos and multi-units in Ottawa
only recycle about 16 per cent of their waste.

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This situation is not unique to the City of Ottawa.

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Many factors contribute to form barriers to waste
diversion.

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We often hear from residents regarding
convenience, the lack of space

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and having proper tools provided in their units to
store recyclables.

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These barriers can be addressed by

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introducing the blue bag program to your
building.

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The City has developed the Blue Bag program
to provide residents with an additional tool in

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the form of a reusable bag that helps residents

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collect, sort and transport their recyclables to
the recycling bins.

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Remember that recycling is mandatory for
Ottawa residents receiving city waste collection
services.

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This means that all efforts must be made by
property owners

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to provide accessible recycling containers to
residents.

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Contaminated recycling containers or carts are
not collected

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and this costs property owners extra for landfill
disposal.

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Removing the contaminants from the
containers is the property owner’s
responsibility.

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For example, plastic bags are a common
source of contamination

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that could be eliminated through the use of the
Blue Bag program.

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So, what is the Blue Bag program?

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It’s a convenient program designed to increase
residents’ use of the recycling program

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to reduce the amount of garbage being sent to
the landfill.

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The City of Ottawa in partnership with
Progressive Waste Solutions is providing

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free recycling blue bags for residents.

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Eligible properties are able to receive these
bags for residents one time only.

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All multi residential properties receiving cart or
containerized recycling collections are eligible.

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Buildings or properties currently using 360 litre
black or blue recycling carts

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or front end loading yellow or gray metal
containers can also receive free blue bags.

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Now that we have the facts and the program
eligibility established,

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let’s look at the business case for the program.

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The benefit to the property owners is simple –

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having more residents participating in the
recycling program

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can help you lower your garbage collection
costs.

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We understand the additional collection fees for
garbage exist

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and we have a solution to reduce the costs.

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We have outlined the potential cost savings by

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helping to reduce your need for additional
collection pick up.

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This chart shows the charges associated with
the additional collections.

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As you can see, these charges may be reduced

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or eliminated through the use of the blue bag
program

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which will contribute to your overall reduction of
your garbage volume.

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In addition to cost saving, Blue bags are
provided and delivered to your building

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free of charge.

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It can’t get any easier than this.

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Since recycling is mandatory for buildings
receiving City waste collection services,

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the City’s Recycling program offers many
additional services and support

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at no additional cost.

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These include:

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• Additional or extra recycling collection

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• Recycling container or cart repairs

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• Replacement of recycling containers or extras
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There is also no handling charge for front end
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or carts required to be moved by the contractor.

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Are you ready to order your free blue bags?

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To order blue bags for your building, contact
Progressive Waste Solutions.

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This information is available on the City of
Ottawa website at ottawa.ca

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In the search area enter “free recycling blue
bags”

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Once you have your blue bags, one of the key
components to success

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is getting the message out and explaining how
easy it is to recycle.

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The City can provide you with assistance on
spreading the word.

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Onsite consultation and tenant outreach can be
arranged with the City.

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The City also offers an education and
awareness program on recycling

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through outreach events.

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If you would like to have City staff visit your
building or an upcoming tenant’s meeting,

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please call 311

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The City also offers other waste diversion
programs such as the Green Bin program.

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If you would like your building to be part of the
green bin program, call 311 to set up a site visit.

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Your efforts to increase recycling at your
properties makes a difference

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and that has a positive effect on the future of the
City.

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It is simple and it works.

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The Blue Bag program benefits the
environment,

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engages more residents in recycling and helps
you save you money!

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Once again, if you have any questions, please
contact 311.

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Thank you for watching this presentation and
we look forward to your participation in the Blue
Bag program.