Clear Trash Bags Improve Recycling Rates- Durham Regional Council Plans to use the clear bag concept for an entirely new way
Clear trash bags improve recycling rates and Durham may be next to implement the policy. Clear trash bags are becoming more and more popular for improving recycling and the environment. Clear backpacks and tote bags are widely used as a security measure to ensure security in areas where there are a large gathering. However, municipal councils have found they could use the concept of clear bags for an entirely new purpose – to drive the recycling rates even higher.
Clear trash bags may become common place in the region of Durham. The regional staff is looking at the possibility of switching the bag regulations to the clear bag policy. If the policy is adopted, the people will change from depositing their waste in black bags to clear trash bags.
The change in policy idea comes from a 2009 pilot survey that found that more of the recyclables would end up in the blue bin and more of the compostable items would end up in the green bin as a result of the clear trash bag policy. The simple, cost-effective use of clear waste bags will help people to deposit waste into the right bin and greatly improve the recycling ability of the region.
With the implementation of the new policy scheduled to start at the beginning of 2018, some work needs to be done to ensure that the plan becomes a success.
Despite some of the members of the regional authority not being so upbeat about the idea, a big number of them believe that the use of clear bags will be the magic bullet to drive most of the people to throw waste where it belongs. The region is part of many municipalities across the countries that are looking to increase the percentage of the recyclable waste that is actually recycled to above 80 percent.
Research found that clear trash bags could help increase recycling rates
According to the director of waste management Ms. Mirka Januszkiewicz, she will be happy to have the clear trash bag policy back to the committee of the councilors so that all issues are debated before the diversion is made. This is the second time that the clear bags policy is coming to the committee. In early 2009, the region of Durham had conducted a three-month survey into a clear bag policy for the waste management. The pilot survey was carried in approximately 1,500 homes in Clarington and Pickering.
According to a report that was then submitted to the works committee, the diversion rate could be increased if clear bags replaced the black bags used for collection of waste. At the time, it was found that a whopping 4,700 tons of waste destined for green bin ended up in the blue bin.
Other municipalities are planning to use the clear plastic trash bags too
This is the first of the many changes across the Canada and USA as many other regional authorities look for ways to help sort out trash to improve the percentage recycled. Other councils that have joined in the push include Howick and Halifax regions in Canada. The U.S.A municipalities are expected to follow suit.
The clear bag craze is the new use of the clear plastics across the USA. It generally started with the use of clear backpacks and tote bags in Stadiums, campuses, and areas of gathering after tragedies in schools and a marathon in Boston. Clear backpacks and clear handbags, in this case, are being used to enhance security by making it hard for people to hide harmful materials when they gather for an event or university games. Transparent bags, whether for security or for our environment have proven to be beneficial. Clear backpacks and clear trash bags are here to stay.