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Tips and Tricks

Some tips and tricks for your recycling and organics program!

 

 

How to Avoid Odours and PestsHow to Avoid Odours and Pests<ol><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Use certified compostable bags to line green bin and mini bins<img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/compostable%20logos%20and%20compostable%20bag.jpg?RenditionID=3" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span>Keep bins shut when not in use</span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Empty bins often (3-5 times a week and always before holidays and weekends)</span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Do not store organics in the school; deposit into temporary depot bins to be taken immediately outside to store until collection day</span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Clean bins regularly</span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Incorporate paper towel waste (or shredded paper) into your green bins to help absorb moisture</span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Be sure to empty liquids before placing into bins (and discard straws)<br><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/empty-liquids-web.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Use clips or elastics (#24-6, item #17855 Staples) to keep compostable bags from falling down<br></span></li><li style="text-align:left;"> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">use larger green bins in areas of higher volume (ie: staff rooms or washrooms)<br> <img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/tip-web.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></span></li><li style="text-align:left;"> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Use the County-provided locks for outdoor storage containers (recycling and organics) to avoid illegal dumping or vandalism</span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><br><br></span></li></ol>
Custodian CornerCustodian Corner<p>Our Custodian Corner features custodians who have discovered unique ways to solve common problems that many of our schools are facing with respect to school recycling and organics. The Custodian's Corner acts as a resource page to share strategies and find useful information with respect to school recycling and organics.</p><table cellspacing="0" style="width:98%;height:594px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-default" style="text-align:left;"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:29%;height:43px;"><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><h3 dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">​<span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3">Featuring</span></h3></blockquote></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:50%;height:43px;"><h3><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3">​They are unique because...</span></h3></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default" style="text-align:left;"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:29%;height:72px;"><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p dir="ltr"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​<strong>Luke Gignac<br></strong>Chief Custodian<br>LeCaron Ecole Secondaire<br>Penetanguishene</span></p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span></blockquote><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p> </p><p> </p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><p> </p><p dir="ltr"><br><br></p></span></blockquote></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:50%;height:72px;"><ul><ul><li><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Luke <span lang="EN-US">uses one bin with 2 different bags split down the middle with clips. Clear plastic side is for collecting containers/blue box items and the garbage bag side is for garbage. <img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/example-of-how-to-transport-garbage---LLG.gif?RenditionID=11" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></span></span></li></ul></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default" style="text-align:left;"><td style="width:29%;height:145px;"><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><strong>Sandy Thompson<br></strong>Chief Custodian <br>Connaught Public School Collingwood</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span> </p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span> </p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span> </p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span> </p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span> </p></blockquote></td><td><ul><ul><li><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Sandy collects paper towel waste from staff washrooms and incorporates the material into the bottom of green bins to absorb moisture and reduce messes. </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">switched from stacked paper towels to a roll as you go through significantly less. </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">has also made rags available to staff and students for cleaning up spills or messes (rather than paper towels). The school has a washer so they can wash and re-use rags over and over. These practices not only reduce waste but costs as well.<br></span></li></ul></ul></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default" style="text-align:left;"><td style="width:29%;"><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p><strong>​</strong><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Rick</strong><br>Chief Custodian <br>Birchview Dunes <br>Wasaga Beach </span></p></blockquote></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><ul><ul><li>​Rick monitors the daily waste depot to assist students with consolidation of materials and offers assistance to the younger grades who need help.<br></li></ul></ul></td></tr><tr><td style="width:29%;"><blockquote dir="ltr"><p>​<span lang="EN-US"><strong>Ron Morrison,</strong> <br>Chief Custodian <br>Severn Shores <br>Severn</span></p></blockquote></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><ul dir="ltr"><ul><li>Ron had the green team put together chains of rubber bands to fit around the tops of the mini green bins to keep the bags from falling down.  We have actually discovered a specific rubber band (#24-rubber bands, latex free) you can order from Staples which fits perfectly around the mini bin or you can also use clips.</li></ul></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Do you think your Custodian is doing something unique to make your program a success, let us know at <a href="mailto:llg@simcoe.ca">llg@simcoe.ca</a><br> </p>
Did you knows and Common OffendersDid you knows and Common Offenders<ul><li><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/Did%20you%20knows%20for%20LLG.pdf"><font color="#0066cc">Did You Know's</font></a></li><li><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=558cdd0c-b9cf-4e82-bbf5-014b39b28a7d" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Don't Know Where Things Go?</font></a></li></ul>

 

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