You’ve seen our staff out and about town servicing bins, and you may have wondered who is actually behind the wheel? These folks are our Resource Recovery Drivers, the ones who keep the system moving and they make sure your recyclables are taken care of.
Fred Sinfuego, Resource Recovery Foreman, shares his amazing intel with us for residents to learn behind the scenes knowledge:
What most surprised you when you first started working for Resource Recovery?
When I started working for Resource Recovery, I was amazed by 3 R’s and how that has now changed to 5 R’s – Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, and Recycling. The first 4 R’s should be taken first before Recycling.
This month's theme is all about plastic. How do you think Banff residents are doing with plastics recycling?
I believed Banff residents are now more aware of the importance of separating plastics from paper fiber and garbage as the amount of collections from residential blue recycling bins increased compared to previous years.
What is the most common item you see in resident plastic recycling?
HDPE plastic (ex. pill bottles, detergent bottles), drink containers, Clamshell containers and polypropylene (ex. yogurt containers), are the most common items in residential plastics recycling.
What is the biggest opportunity for residents to improve (reduce or recycle) when it comes to plastics recycling?
I think residents should treat recycling as the last resort. Consider following the steps: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce and Re-use before buying plastics and packaging products.