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TBM accepting Styrofoam waste at landfill

It will not be collected at curbside, but anyone can bring it to the landfill during the pilot project
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The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that The Blue Mountains Waste Disposal Site, located at 788090 Grey Road 13, is now accepting Styrofoam packaging material as part of a pilot program aimed at reducing waste in the town.

The pilot program will be specific to a limited type of expanded polystyrene foam (type 6 plastic) or Styrofoam product packing. This type of foam is associated with the rigid white block foam used to protect products and equipment (such as electronics) during shipment and transport.

When dropping off accepted materials, please ensure the Styrofoam is clean and tape free. The Styrofoam material collected will be stored at the site to be densified by a recycling contractor and sent to a recycler to be made into new products such as picture frames.

The pilot program does not accept the following materials:

  • • Coloured foam;
  • • Take-out containers, food and meat trays, and cups;
  • • Peanut packaging;
  • • Toys;
  • • Pool noodles; and
  • • Construction materials.

Styrofoam will not be collected as part of the curbside blue box program, however, accepted foam materials are free to drop off with other blue box materials at the waste disposal site. Please note that fees may apply to other waste items at the site.

The pilot program is anticipated to run until the end of 2021, with the overall success of the program to be studied for an expanded implementation in 2022 following the pilot program’s conclusion.

For more information on the depot collection pilot program, click here.

The town disposal site has had great success with implementing new programs and participation from local groups such as Thornbury’s Climate Action Now Networks and the general public have allowed for growth in the drywall, asphalt shingle and mattress recycling programs.