Accepted Materials

Flying Pigs Recycling is a local recycling company established in Canmore over 10 years. We offer customized recycling services to businesses throughout the the Bow Valley and we are passionate about providing our clients with solutions for diverting their waste from landfill. We achieve this through a three step approach.

  • Batteries

    Household batteries, electronic device batteries & automotive batteries

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  • Beverage Containers (Refundable)

    All "ready-to-serve" beverage containers, including: Aluminum cans, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) clear plastic containers, coloured PET containers, High Density Polyethylene containers (HDPE), Glass bottles, Tetra Brik containers, Gable Top cartons, Bi-Metal containers, drink pouches, Bag-In-A-Box bladders.

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  • Cardboard

    Corrugated cardboard boxes & packaging (pizza boxes, appliance boxes, electronics boxes, etc.), paperboard, corrugated fibreboard, boxboard (cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, etc.).

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  • Electronic waste

    Televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, computer accessories (printers, scanners, fax machines, etc.), stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, telephones, fax equipment, cell phones, pagers, kitchen appliances (toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, etc.), chargers, cables, adapters, power bars, etc.

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  • Fluorescent Lights, Lightbulbs and Ballast

    Standard light bulbs(Incandescent, halogen), all fluorescent tubes (u-shaped, short, long and compact fluorescent lights also known as CFLs), LED light bulbs, ballast

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  • Glass

    Clear and coloured glass including all glass jars, condiment glass jars, drinking glass, and window panes. Broken beverage bottle glass is accepted. Please ensure all lids are removed and glass is rinsed and free of labels.

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  • Ink & Toner Cartridges

    Ink cartridges and Toner cartridges

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  • Large item Pickup

    Appliances such as fridges & freezers (emptied & cleaned), stoves & dishwashers (cleaned), indoor & outdoor furniture, mattresses & box springs, wood pallets, toilets, sinks, renovation materials, bicycles (wheels removed & separated), barbecues, etc.

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  • Metal & Tin

    Metal food cans, assorted metals such as small metal pieces, coat hangers, pie plates, empty dry paint cans, etc.

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  • Organic food waste

    Plate scraps, unfinished meals, fruits & vegetables, meat, fish, shellfish, bones, egg shells, dairy products, jams, sauces, salad dressings, bread, noodles, rice, beans, grains, cooking oils & grease, food-soiled paper such as napkins, tissues, coffee filters, tea bags. Certified compostable food ware & bags are accepted.

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  • Paint

    Residential & commercial paint products, latex paint, oil-based paints

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  • Wooden Pallets

    All Wooden Pallet sizes (standard, square and rectangle), including unusable & reusable pallets

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  • Mixed Paper

    Office paper, printer paper, magazines, brochures, phonebooks, photographs, gift wrap, books and any kind of writing paper

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  • Plastics (Hard)

    Plastic jars (peanut butter, sour cream, yogurt, margarine, etc.), Tupperware, personal hygiene items (shampoo, body wash, deodorant tubes, etc.), PVC piping, standard plastic products

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  • Plastics (Soft)

    Hrink Wrap (fr. Deliveries & Shipments), all Plastic Bags (except biodegradable or compostable bags.), Retail Product Plastic Wrap, Clear & coloured Plastic film (i.e. plastic film lids on yogurt container & ready meals), bread bags, freezer bags, Fruit, veg and salad bags, stretchy plastic & plastic Food Wrap. (Uncontaminated/Clean and Rinsed “Soft Plastics” only!)

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  • Tires and Rims

    Automotive tires, Bicycle tires (including inner tubes) and metal rims: steel, alloy, chrome. *Please Note: metal rims, tires and inner tubes must be separated.

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Batteries

Recycling batteries keeps toxic chemicals(heavy metals) out of landfills and the air. By recycling batteries, you help reduce the risk of soil contamination and water pollution, expose corrosive acids, and reduce the need for raw materials to produce new products. One way to reduce the number of batteries in the waste stream is to purchase rechargeable batteries.

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30–95%
Recycling batteries materials are recovered

Accepted materials: Household batteries, electronic device batteries & automotive batteries

Not accepted: Corroded batteries (leaking acid) & Industrial facility battery packs

Beverage Containers (Refundable)

By recycling your used beverage containers, you divert waste from your local landfills and help the environment. You also reduce the demand for raw materials to manufacture new products which saves energy.

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95%
less energy cost for aluminum cans made with recycling materials
1,000
recycled milk jugs can make a new recycled park bench
4h
Energy savings from reycling a single glass bottle can power a 100-watt light bulk for this long
Infinite
Aluminum cans can be recycled over and over again with no limit on the amount of times they can be recycled
370 billion
drink cans made of 75% aluminum & 25% tin-plated steel material are made every year

Accepted materials: All "ready-to-serve" beverage containers, including: Aluminum cans, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) clear plastic containers, coloured PET containers, High Density Polyethylene containers (HDPE), Glass bottles, Tetra Brik containers, Gable Top cartons, Bi-Metal containers, drink pouches, Bag-In-A-Box bladders.

Not accepted: Concentrate mix containers (Ex: soup). These containers are not “ready to serve” or “refundable” & deposits are not applied.

Cardboard

Cardboard is a generic term for heavy paper-based products. The construction can range from a thick paper known as paperboard to corrugated fiberboard which is made of multiple plies of material. Most types of cardboard are recyclable. Cardboard can be recycled for industrial or domestic use.

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1 ton
of recycling cardboard equates to saving 390 kWh of energy—or 17 trees, 46 gallons of oil, and 7 000 gallons of water
75%
energy savings when recycling cardboard compared to new materials
50% less
sulfur-dioxide produced during recycling vs. making the card from raw materials

Accepted materials: Corrugated cardboard boxes & packaging (pizza boxes, appliance boxes, electronics boxes, etc.), paperboard, corrugated fibreboard, boxboard (cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, etc.).

Not accepted: Soiled cardboard (food or oil stains), materials treated with wax, chemicals or any other laminate (such as frozen food boxes), cardboard that has been treated for wet strength.

Electronic waste

Electronic waste or e-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices with digital components. Used electronics which are destined for refurbishment, reuse, resale, salvage recycling through material recovery, or disposal are also considered e-waste. Recycling is an essential element of e-waste management. Properly carried out, it should greatly reduce the leakage of toxic materials into the environment and militate against the exhaustion of natural resources. Recycling raw materials(copper, cobalt, etc) from end-of-life electronics is the most effective solution to the growing e-waste problem.

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#1
E-waste is the fastest-growing source of waste globally
Up to 80%
of an end-of-life smart phone can be recycled & reused
3,500
homes powered with energy savings from recycling 1 million laptops

Accepted materials: Televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, computer accessories (printers, scanners, fax machines, etc.), stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, telephones, fax equipment, cell phones, pagers, kitchen appliances (toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, etc.), chargers, cables, adapters, power bars, etc.

Not accepted: Fridges, stoves, freezers, other large items

Fluorescent Lights, Lightbulbs and Ballast

An electric light, lamp, or light bulb is an electrical device that produces light. It is the most common form of artificial lighting. Lamps usually have a base made of ceramic, metal, glass, or plastic, which secures the lamp in the socket of a light fixture.

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99%
of the mercury in fluorescent tubes can be captured and used in new tubes when properly recycled

Accepted materials: Standard light bulbs(Incandescent, halogen), all fluorescent tubes (u-shaped, short, long and compact fluorescent lights also known as CFLs), LED light bulbs, ballast

Not accepted: Broken fluorescent tubes, lamps and light bulbs

Glass

Glass recycling is the processing of waste glass into usable products. To be recycled, glass waste needs to be purified and cleaned of contamination. Glass that is crushed or imploded and ready to be remelted is called cullet. Depending on the end use and local processing capabilities, it might also have to be separated into different sizes and colours.

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Just 1
recycled glass jar saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours

Accepted materials: Clear and coloured glass including all glass jars, condiment glass jars, drinking glass, and window panes. Broken beverage bottle glass is accepted. Please ensure all lids are removed and glass is rinsed and free of labels.

Not accepted: Ceramic tableware (mugs, coffee cups, plates & creamers)

Ink & Toner Cartridges

Ink & toner cartridge recycling is now easier than ever. Cartridges are full of chemicals that take a long time to break down, which is why you don’t want them to end up in a landfill. An ink cartridge is a component of an inkjet printer that contains the ink that is deposited onto paper during printing. Toner is a powder mixture used in laser printers and photocopiers to form the printed text and images on paper, in general through a toner cartridge.

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11m gallons
Annual ink and toner cartridge recycling can save more oil than the oil spilled by the Exon Valdez

Accepted materials: Ink cartridges and Toner cartridges

Large item Pickup

Old appliances and furniture are highly recyclable and should be diverted from landfill. Appliance recycling is the process of dismantling waste materials and examining their parts for reuse. Furniture recycling is the process of reconditioning items or by converting materials into new objects which is called upcycling. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming waste materials, or unwanted products into new materials or products.

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19,000
Recycling large appliances in Canada can save enough energy to power this many homes per year

Accepted materials: Appliances such as fridges & freezers (emptied & cleaned), stoves & dishwashers (cleaned), indoor & outdoor furniture, mattresses & box springs, wood pallets, toilets, sinks, renovation materials, bicycles (wheels removed & separated), barbecues, etc.

Not accepted: Hazardous waste

Metal & Tin

A metal can, steel can, tin can, is a container for the distribution or storage of goods, made of thin metal. Steel cans are made of tinplate (tin-coated steel) or of tin-free steel. In some dialects, even aluminum cans are called “tin cans”. Metal food cans have a high recycling rate & can be recycled endlessly.

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300–500 million
Recycling metal reduces greenhouse gas emission by this many tons each year
45%
This much of the world's steel production comes from recycled metal

Accepted materials: Metal food cans, assorted metals such as small metal pieces, coat hangers, pie plates, empty dry paint cans, etc.

Not accepted: Metal pieces heavier than 1kg. Please contact our team @ 403-609-0997 to schedule a Large Item Pickup for heavier items.

Organic food waste

Composting is an important part of waste management, since food and other compostable materials make up about 20% of waste in landfills, and these materials take longer to biodegrade in the landfill. And if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide.

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50%
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when composting organic food waste
6-8%
of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by approximately this much if we stop wasting food

Accepted materials: Plate scraps, unfinished meals, fruits & vegetables, meat, fish, shellfish, bones, egg shells, dairy products, jams, sauces, salad dressings, bread, noodles, rice, beans, grains, cooking oils & grease, food-soiled paper such as napkins, tissues, coffee filters, tea bags. Certified compostable food ware & bags are accepted.

Not accepted: Plastic bags, oxy-biodegradable & biodegradable bags (BPI certified compostable bags are OK), waxed paper cups & plates, butcher paper (parchment paper is OK), vegetable & fruit stickers, twist ties, elastics, plastic cutlery, pet waste, diapers, yard & garden waste

Paint

Recycled paint is environmentally preferable to new paint, while still maintaining comparable quality. In many cases, reusable paints of the same color are pumped into a tank where the material is mixed and tested. The paint is adjusted with additives and colorants as necessary.

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50kg
Recycling one gallon of paint reduces greenhouse gas emissions by this much, and saves enough energy to power the average home for 3 hours.
1gal
Every gallon of paint recycled ould save 13 gallons of water, 1 quart of oil, and 250,000 gallons of water pollution.

Accepted materials: Residential & commercial paint products, latex paint, oil-based paints

Wooden Pallets

A pallet (also called a skid) is a flat transport structure, which supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet loader, front loader, etc. While most pallets are wooden, pallets can also be made of plastic, metal, paper, and recycled material.

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4 trees
saved for every 35 pallets recycled
A typical wooden pallet is reusable up to nine times with proper maintenance.

Accepted materials: All Wooden Pallet sizes (standard, square and rectangle), including unusable & reusable pallets

Mixed Paper

Paper is one of the most-often recycled materials worldwide, accounting for half of the materials collected for recycling by weight. Mixed papers consist of a mixture of papers typically found in printing companies, households or small businesses. Cutting down on paper use is one of the easiest ways to lower your carbon footprint. In fact, in today’s electronic world, there’s almost no excuse for purchasing ream after ream of paper or mega cartridges of printer ink.

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1 ton
of recycled paper saves 4,100 Kwh of energy, prevents 60 pounds of air pollutants, and saves 7 000 gallons of water.
68%
of all paper is recovered each year. Over 50 million tons!
Half
of all paper recycled is used to make cardboard boxes.
30% less
energy needed to produce recycled paper. Not only that, recycled paper production releases 45 percent less greenhouse gases.

Accepted materials: Office paper, printer paper, magazines, brochures, phonebooks, photographs, gift wrap, books and any kind of writing paper

Not accepted: Soiled paper (food or oil stains), wax paper and paper laminated with plastic

Plastics (Hard)

Sustainability concerns continue to remain at the forefront of global packaging decisions, particularly in the plastics industry, recycling plays an increasingly important role in the effort to reduce packaging discards and overall solid waste levels. Hard Plastics are usually recycled mechanically: they are sorted, cleaned, shredded, melted and remoulded.

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1 ton
of recycled plastic saves 16.3 barrels of oil, and 30 cubic yards of landfill space.
7 months
Each ton of recycled plastic saves 7,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity or about enough energy to run a household for this long.

Accepted materials: Plastic jars (peanut butter, sour cream, yogurt, margarine, etc.), Tupperware, personal hygiene items (shampoo, body wash, deodorant tubes, etc.), PVC piping, standard plastic products

Not accepted: Styrofoam (egg cartons, meat trays, disposable cups & plates)

Plastics (Soft)

Soft plastics can be defined as any plastics which can be easily scrunched or crumpled (i.e. Plastic bags, shrink wrap, etc.). Soft plastics are lightweight thin plastics that often cannot be recycled by placing in recycling bins at home. Our team is committed to reducing the volume of soft plastics going to landfill.

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1 ton
of recycled soft plastic can save 16.3 barrels of oil and over 5 500 kilowatt hours of energy.
6%
of the total global packaging waste by weight is Soft Plastics.

Accepted materials: hrink Wrap (fr. Deliveries & Shipments), all Plastic Bags (except biodegradable or compostable bags.), Retail Product Plastic Wrap, Clear & coloured Plastic film (i.e. plastic film lids on yogurt container & ready meals), bread bags, freezer bags, Fruit, veg and salad bags, stretchy plastic & plastic Food Wrap. (Uncontaminated/Clean and Rinsed “Soft Plastics” only!)

Not accepted: Soft Plastic material that is contaminated with food residue or chemicals.

Tires and Rims

Tire recycling (rubber recycling), is the process of recycling tires that are no longer suitable for use on motor vehicles and bicycles due to wear or irreparable damage. Old tires are typically ground into “crumb rubber” (granules of rubber) before being turned into many other products, including; rubberized asphalt paving, remoulded tires, fuel, coloured mulch, playground flooring, welcome mats and vehicle mud guards.

Metal wheel rims can be recycled into the same material of the same quality again and again. Steel rims is a go-to option for many people because of cost and durability. Wheel rims are made of numerous other materials, including; alloy and chrome.

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4 tires
recycled reduces CO2 emissions by 323 pounds, which is equivalent to 18 gallons of gasoline.
20×
smaller carbon footprint when utilizing recycled rubber in molded products compared to using virgin plastic resins.
Millions
of scrap tires are can be diverted from landfills, or illegal dimping in lakes, abandoned lots, or roadside dumping near sensitive habitats.
97%
of steel products like tire rims are recycled and re-used.

Accepted materials: Automotive tires, Bicycle tires (including inner tubes) and metal rims: steel, alloy, chrome. *Please Note: metal rims, tires and inner tubes must be separated.

Not accepted: Tires & inner tubes that have not been separated from the metal rims.

Creating a culture of environmental sustainability and ambassadorship within a group of restaurants has been made so much easier with the focus and assistance from Flying Pigs who provides this service so professionally.

Kathleen Tuff Chief of Operations & Development

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