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From our water bottles to TV remotes, plastic has inevitably become a material found in most products we use on a daily basis. The Government of Canada (GoC) states that, “in Canada, plastic production is a $35 billion industry employing close to 100,000 people in nearly 2,000 businesses that make and recycle plastic products.”

With that in mind, reducing the consumption or bringing the wastage down to zero is certainly not going to be an easy task. The GoC also states that Canadians throw away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste from our homes and businesses every year with almost half of that coming from packaging!

By the end of 2021, the Government hopes to have regulations put in place to eliminate harmful single-use plastic items like plastic checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and food containers made from hard to recycle plastics. All of these items are often not recyclable due to the materials they are made from and are evident to be harmful to the environment.

We at Draglam Waste and Recycling have comprehensive waste diversion and recycling services that use the latest technologies and techniques to maximize recycling efforts and waste removal, significantly reducing the amount of waste going to landfills. Our current system allows us to efficiently recycle over 75% of the materials that come into the transfer stations. Our ability to maximize recyclables and reduce diversion to landfill is steadily increasing each year.

All waste is then efficiently sorted in our modern facility in order to recover recyclables including cardboard, wood, ferrous iron, non-ferrous iron and plastics. The company’s recycling strategies significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and help support our customers in their recycle and re-use efforts.

Draglam Waste and Recycling also offers recycling incentive programs to our customers in order to achieve our environmentally responsible recycling goals. Together, we will be able to reduce our plastic wastage and bring it to zero by 2030.

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