Do the things I put in my recycling, organics or yard waste bins actually get recycled?


Yes. Materials put into your recycling, organics or yard waste bins do go to the right place.

A very small percentage of collected recycling, organics and yard waste is sent to landfill. This happens when items are placed in the wrong bin (e.g. non-recyclable plastics put in the Blue Box), material is contaminated, or because it is "residual" waste (e.g. the plastic bags that organics are collected in).  

However, the vast majority of your waste is taken where it is supposed to go.

Monitoring, supervision and detailed reports about our waste collectors to our elected officials will help ensure that our waste services are run smoothly, efficiently and that mistakes aren’t made.