Yes. The revenue generated helps offset some of the cost of the recycling program. The price for recyclables varies according to the product and the market available. Milk cartons and similar items such as soy milk, coffee cream, orange and other juice containers are actually plastic and can be placed in your blue box.
Glass refundable beverage containers can be taken to a redemption centre for deposit.
Non-refundable glass (i.e. jars, window panes) are not recyclable at FRSW. Lack of a viable market in close proximity is a major reason. Transportation, collection, and handling costs are very high for glass. This factor, along with the fact that glass is benign in the landfill (it is made of silica), contributes to our decision to not recycle glass. Glass can also contaminate other recyclable products.
Florescent lightbulbs cannot be recycled, but there are two ways to properly dispose of the products. FRSW recommends bringing the bulbs to its no charge service Household Hazardous Waste on-site depot each Wednesday (730 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or Saturday (730 a.m. to 3 p.m.). We are located at 1775 Alison Blvd. The bulbs can also be placed in your garbage bag, but we recommend wrapping them in newspaper to reduce the risk of breaking.
No, you do not need to remove staples and paper clips. New advances in technologies have provided paper mills with processes to remove metals items. This, in turn, has made it easier for consumers to recycle.
All the recyclable material collected in the Fredericton Region is sorted, baled and sold to different manufacturers that reuse it or recycle it into various new products. Some of the products being made into new products are:
Old newsprint is recycled into boxboard.
Cardboard is recycled into new cardboard.
Office paper is recycled into new paper products.
Plastic grocery bags are recycled into new grocery bags.
Aluminum (such as soft drink cans) is manufactured into aluminum sheeting.
Steel cans (such as soup and juice cans) can go into bus siding.
Some plastic containers are being made into polyester yarn for carpets, clothing or packaging.
Juice boxes are used for paper towel and tissue production.
On New Brunswick Highway 7, North and South, take Exit 5. When driving South, turn right off exit 5 and then left onto Alison Boulevard. When driving North, turn left off exit 5 and then left onto Alison Boulevard. FRSW is located at 1775 Alison Blvd on the left.
If you are a resident of the City of Fredericton or Village of New Maryland, you can purchase your blue and grey recycle boxes at various retail outlets. Please note to ensure collection, you are purchasing bins without wheels. If you live outside the City of Fredericton or Village of New Maryland and are on the region-wide once a month collection system, please call FERO at 472-3376 to have blue and grey boxes delivered to your residence on the next collection day in your area.
Plastic tops for milk or juice cartons or soda bottles etc are recycled at FRSW. They can be placed in your blue box. To increase space, it is recommended you squeeze air out of the cartons, place the cap back on and make it part of your recycling efforts.
If you didn't receive your weekly blue, grey recycle collection calendar for residents of City of Fredericton or Village of New Maryland, there are plenty of options to pick up a copy. You can find at Village of New Maryland office, 584 New Maryland Highway; Woodstock Road Esso (1715 Woodstock Rd); Service New Brunswick at 432 Queen St.; City Hall in Fredericton at 397 Queen St., or Peter's Meat Market at 230 Main St. You can also find the schedule on this website.
FRSW's collectors ask all large cardboard items such as large screen televisions, patio sets etc, be flattened and folded into 3X3 sections, bundled if at all possible. It makes it easier for the collectors to get it into the truck. Do not use containers or bins with wheels for recycle purposes.
Please bring your microwave or any other electronics that uses a plug or battery to our no charge service electronic-waste depot. Let employees at FRSW scales know you have e-waste and they will direct you to the proper drop-off area.
FRSW does not collect garbage or blue and grey box curbside items, but is the end destination for your products. You can find your local collector - companies such as FERO, GFL and independent haulers - and ask which day of the week/month is designated collection day.
Your refundable items such as soda containers and other similar product can be placed in your blue box or taken to your nearest bottle exchange location. FRSW does not provide refunds for accepting those returnables.
Use them until empty or depressurize them by holding the cans upside down and dispensing outside in a safe area. Unused or partially used cans can be brought to the HHW depot. If empty, you can safely place in your garbage, but HHW is recommended, especially if you have several items.
Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission provides no charge service disposal of propane tanks at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Alternatively, you can take them to a propane supplier for disposal.