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Monday, February 16, 2009

A guide to your local enviro-depot

Posted on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 8:36 AM

They say 90% of Nova Scotians recycle. That's great. I'd say about 10% actually know how to do it right. So please, do us all a favour and put a little effort into your recyclable sorting process:

*We don't take milk*. If you bring in anything with milk in it, be it a carton, yogurt container, yop drink, milk tetra, etc, I will be docking your order per each item. My coworkers all do the same. If you saw our garbage bins (which we pay $300 a month for), they're full of all the shit we don't take along with the plastic bags they come in. With 40,000 units coming in a day, things pile up quick.

We don't like caps. There's a few simple reasons why: They all go in the garbage. Is it really that difficult to put the cap in the garbage when you're done your beverage? You're also helping contributing to the carpal tunnel syndrome to the people working in the back, and making the loads pile up far too quickly for them. Show a little heart- these guys work harder than anyone at the depot. Just throw the caps out, they're going to end up in the trash either way.

For the love of God, don't be putting 5 items in one sobeys bag, then bring in 15 of those damned bags and expect things to be done in a jiffy. There are 10 people waiting behind you to be counted, and they're all pissed off. You're also severely contributing to our waste. So please guys, one bag.

Don't be bringing in your items with half a block of ice frozen to them either. Not only is this just plain stupid, we also have to wait for these items to thaw before getting them sorted. (You do know we don't get spring till June, right?) We count our bags by weight: when half that weight is ice, we've got a very inaccurate count on our hands that doesn't go over well to the guys higher up.

To the 10% I was speaking about earlier: Thank you. Thank you for taking off the caps, rinsing your bottles, bringing in only beverage containers (failsafe method kids: if you can drink out of it, survive, and not get lactose intolerance from it: we can probably take it), bringing it in easy to open bags (whether ripped or untied, doesn't matter to me), and waiting patiently, you're awesome and I love seeing you guys week after week.

---AJ

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