I was dropping off some recycling at Kirk Market when I saw that all recycling containers are dumped into the same truck. Why do we need to sort recycling if that’s the case? Couldn’t we have one big recycling bin instead?
Auntie’s answer: This is a very timely question as the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has just released figures on the amount of recyclables sent overseas last year.
I have also previously dealt with a related question when a reader was unduly concerned the DEH was emptying bins of recycled items along with garbage into the same trucks (see Recyclables and garbage are kept separate).
I asked DEH to clarify the situation you observed with the recycling pickup at Kirk Market. Unfortunately, the department official who replied was not able to say exactly what happened, while acknowledging that there “may have been a misunderstanding as the DEH requires all of its recycling collectors to pick up and transport recyclable items separately, in order to avoid contamination”.
At this point, we can only hope this does not happen again. But if anyone does see a truck combining all the recyclables, perhaps they could take a photo, which includes the licence plate number of the offending vehicle and I will pass on the information to DEH.
By the way, once a load of properly sorted recyclables is taken to the George Town Landfill, the DEH official said their collectors deposit each individual type in separate areas of the recycling facility.
Also worth noting, if you want to avoid encountering overflowing bins, the DEH empties recycling containers on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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