Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with the Town of Fairview. We are looking forward to working with the residents of Fairview, and we hope to improve on all of your collection needs. Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions retaining to the Curbside Residential Recycling Collection.  

Frequently Asked Questions


When are my recyclables collected?

Recyclables collection shall occur once per week on Friday mornings with the exception of Christmas and New Year's Day, unless notified with notice from Prairie Disposal Ltd.

Paper & Cardboard will be collected every other week on Thursdays.

Plastic and Tin will be collected every other week on Thursdays.

Please have your recyclables out by 8:00 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.

Collection will begin April 1, 2010 for the Town of Fairview; the program will begin with the collection of Plastic and Tin.

A calendar will be mailed out in the monthly news letter "Talk of the Town" to all residents to help remind them which day there paper and cardboard or plastic and tin is being picked-up.

Is there a limit?

Yes, a limit has been set in place.

Fairview Residents will be allowed three (3) 67 liter blue bags per week.

(blue bags are sold at the local Fairview Freson IGA & Super A grocery stores)

For more information call (780) 835-5950

What type of bag should I use?

Blue bags must be used for curbside blue bag recycling. The blue bags are specified by our curbside recycling contractor as a way to properly distinguish between garbage and recycling. Also, the blue bags are made of a uniform, high quality plastic that is recyclable. Clear plastic bags are not made out of the same plastic as blue bags and therefore cannot be recycled as easily or even at all.

The collector missed my house.

Sorry about that. Please call (780) 835-5950.

What can I put in the blue bags?

Mixed Paper:

  • office paper
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • catalogues
  • envelopes
  • office paper
  • junk mail
  • phone books
  • brochures
  • glossy flyers
  • paper labels
  • gift wrap
  • Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Flattened cereal and food boxes (remove and discard liner)
  • Juice boxes
  • Milk cartons (rinse with cold water and flatten)
  • Flattened shoe boxes and brown paper bags

Construction paper and carbon paper are not recyclable.

What types of plastics are accepted in the program?

Most food-grade hard plastics displaying # 1 through #7 are now be accepted in the blue bag program. Examples of hard plastic containers include: margarine, ice cream, ketchup, muffin/cake, yogurt, peanut butter, and slushy cups. In general, only Styrofoam (#6 PS) and plastic film (some # 4) will not be accepted.

Plastics Coding # 1-7

To help plastic recycling, each plastic container has a code on the bottom surface. The code or number is enclosed by a triangular shape symbol with three arrows. Coding and common uses are as follows.

Plastic Types

Symbol Name Common Uses
PETE 1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) Accepted in blue bag - Plastic soft drink, sports drink and water bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter, salad dressing containers, berry boxes and cake domes
HDPE 2 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Accepted in blue bag - Milk, water and juice containers, liquid detergent bottles, laundry soap containers, ice cream containers, yogurt and margarine tubs
PVC 3 Vinyl (V) Accepted in blue bag - Shampoo bottles and vegetable oil bottles with handles. Not accepted in blue bag - Clear food packaging
LDPE 4 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Accepted in blue bag - Carry-out snacks, squeezable bottles (i.e. honey, mustard). Not accepted in blue bag - Bread bags, frozen food bags, dry cleaning bags
PP 5 Polypropylene (PP) Accepted in blue bag - Yogurt containers and margarine tubs
PS 6 Polystyrene Accepted in blue bag - Compact disc cases, aspirin bottles, plant pots
OTHER 7 Other Accepted in blue bag - Some citrus juice and ketchup bottles, some flexible packaging for items like bacon and cheese

Adapted from the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC)

What about corrugated Cardboard?

You can place smaller pieces of cardboard inside your blue bag. For larger pieces of cardboard, simply collapse and fold beneath the blue bag - no larger than 2ft. by 3ft. (60cm x 90cm) so operators can put them in the recycling truck easily.

Can I leave the labels on the tin/metal cans?

Yes, you are now able to leave the labels on the tin cans, however, please ensure cans are clean.

What is contamination?

Contamination is when unacceptable material is placed in the blue bag. Any recyclables that are comingled with garbage, pet waste, organics, soft plastics, or disposable diapers are contaminated and not recycled. Unwashed recyclables are also considered to be contaminated. Contamination increases the program cost and ultimately the cost to the resident.

Contamination of one bag - if bad enough - can result in an entire truck load of recyclable going to landfill. This is why we are strict, and will reject contaminated bags.

Do I need to wash the plastic and metal containers?

Yes! Help reduce contamination by washing containers. This will help reduce odor, flies and rodents. It is easiest to rinse containers the moment you empty them, usually with a quick rinse under the tap. Alternatively, you can soak in water and rinse or even wash in a dishwasher.

Where should I put my blue bags on collection day?

If you have front street collection:

  • place your bags at the curb
  • if you park on the street, remember to park your vehicle in your driveway
  • if there's road construction, put your blue bags where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • place blue bags within 3 meters (10 feet) of the rear lane
  • ensure the containers are easily accessible
  • if there is construction in the lane, place your blue bags at the front curb