Frequently Asked Questions

Almost all of the 9 categories of plastics can be recycled if separated. Sorting the plastics at Newell Recycling is not possible and there is no one accepting mixed plastics at this time. We are actively seeking recycling options for mixed plastics. Plastics such as polyethylene (irrigation pipe and oilfield thread protectors, pipeline liner and syphon string) are accepted.

Some larger recycling facilities have automated equipment which will separate out usable plastics which can be marketed. Non-marketable plastics and smaller facility mixed plastics are generally being landfilled. In previous years plastics have made up less than 5% of the materials recycled by Newell Recycling. In the landfill while burying plastics is the waste of a resource they are inert and do not normally have an environmental impact.

Plastics such as polyethylene (irrigation pipe and oilfield pipeline liner and syphon string are accepted). These plastics are flexible and will not shatter under impact. If you have a large quantity of one type of plastic (for example livestock supplement tubs) bring in a sample to see if we can accept it.

CPU’s (computers) with sensitive or personal files should have hard drives erased or removed. Otherwise they should be dropped through the e-waste windows or brought in during open hours.

Different processes are used to recycle different materials. The processing steps required to recycle paper and metal are similar. First it is sorted into different grades, packaged and sent off to mills for further processing. From the material is sold into the market to make various fibre and metal products.

7-11’s and some restaurants have used cooking oil tanks, get permission before dumping.

No. There are too many kinds and contamination can occur. This is due to ceramics, pyrex, mirrors, etc.

No, we only take e-waste and small household appliances up to the size of a microwave or vacuum cleaner. Larger appliances can go to Brooks Industrial Metals salvage yard 24 hour drop off at 719 Railway Avenue or the landfill ($15.00 charge for freon removal).

No, the strong bright dyes in wrapping paper cannot be managed in the recycling process and if present in our product bales may result in their being rejected.

No. Construction paper is similar to wrapping paper with strong dyes.

We accept fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs, please be careful not
to break them as they contain mercury.

Styrofoam has to be landfilled. There are several types of styrofoam which are not compatible and cannot be sorted. In some cases when we have processed them they have given off toxic fumes.

Alkaline batteries are not hazardous and can be landfilled. Lead acid automobile and RV batteries can be brought here, to the landfill or to Brooks Industrial Metals’ salvage yard. Rechargeable and non-alkaline batteries should be placed in the household hazardous or e-waste.

Yes, all types of books are accepted (hard & soft cover) they are sliced and put into colour paper or newsprint.

We accept plastic twine but not bale mesh. The twine should have minimal hay or straw. We can supply large tote bags for twine collection.

Yes, they can be placed in our E Waste Windows.

We provide a confidential shredding service for commercial and industrial customers for a fee. If you have a few personal papers bring them in during open hours and we’ll take care of them.