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Plastic lines not only option for green bins

A change allowing city residents to use certified compostable plastic bags to line their green bins was endorsed Monday by city council, but city hall is reminding people there are other options – including free ones.
Residents can use certified compostable plastic bags, paper bags, newspaper or a variety of other household items, such as empty cereal boxes and flour bags, as a liner inside their green cart, said a city hall news release Tuesday.
The city’s cart-based collection system is being phased in over three years. About 15,000 households started using waste carts for curbside collection this month. The rest will keep using non-compostable transparent green, blue and clear plastic bags for placing their waste at the curb until they get their three waste bins in 2013 or 2014.
City hall negotiated with the province for about a year to get a no-plastics condition removed from the operating agreement for the city’s new composting plant, the release said.
The removal of the condition will allow the city to take organic waste from other Ontario industrial and municipal sources currently using certified compostable plastic bags.
“The city is now in a position to assist more municipalities with processing their organic waste material, in the event of a temporary closure of their facility, without any service disruptions – and vice versa. This helps us deliver public services better,” Dean Wyman, the city’s general manager of solid waste resources, said in the release.

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