The Town of Sussex is committed to improving our environment. One of the easiest ways to do so is to commit to 100% wet/dry participation.
Let's work together to make the Wet/Dry Program a success in Sussex. After all, case our community is worth the effort !
WHAT IS THE WET/DRY PROGRAM?
The Wet/Dry Program is an easy way to recycle & compost at home. The Program asks residents to separate their waste into 2 categories: wet & dry. The sorted waste is then collected & transported separately & processed at the Regional Wet/Dry Processing Facility.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE WET/DRY PROGRAM?
The Wet/Dry Program is an easy way for everyone to improve our environment by saving precious landfill space & other resources. Nutrient rich compost that meets CCMA Grade A standards is produced from the wet waste & can be used in any application.
Because of the Wet/Dry Program, different items such as glass, plastic, paper, cans & even sneakers can be recovered from the dry waste & sent to recycling markets.
The Wet/Dry Program has meant new jobs for the local economy. With the addition of Kings & Kent counties, the Wet/Dry Program is available to over 120,000 households.
WHAT ABOUT COLLECTION?
The Town's contractor is instructed to separate all waste streams which are collected. Blue & green transparent bags go directly to the recycling centre.
WHAT IS WET WASTE?
Wet waste includes all food as well as any soiled items that would contaminate your recyclables. Some examples include meat & bones, table scraps, fruit & vegetable peels, soiled paper towels & tissues, diapers, kitty litter & sanitary products. Your sorted wet waste must be contained in a green transparent bag & will be processed to produce nutrient rich compost. Never put glass in your wet waste.
WHAT IS DRY WASTE?
Dry waste includes all items not put in the wet waste including recyclables & non-recyclables. Some examples include bottles, packaging, clothing, plastics, wood & metal. A quick rinse to clean your containers is all you need before tossing them in the blue bag. Your sorted dry waste must be contained in a blue transparent bag and will be processed to recover recyclable and reusable products.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE is not acceptable in wet or dry waste. In the interest of safety and the environment, hazardous waste cannot be included with your regular waste. These items can cause fires, harm victims coming in contact, cause damage to machinery & so on.
Some examples of household hazardous waste include household cleaners, paints, oils, antifreeze, batteries & propane tanks.
NOTE: Most empty hazardous waste containers can be placed in your dry waste. Medications, syringes & needles are medical waste & can be dropped off at most local pharmacies.
Household hazardous waste may be taken to the HHW Mobile Collection Unit during the Spring & Fall campaigns.
Hazardous waste is not permitted in clear blue bags or clear green bags at any time. These materials must be disposed of on the special Hazardous Waste Day(s).
The Town of Sussex Solid Waste By-Law states that the Town's solid waste collector will only pick up clear green bags which contain wet waste and clear blue bags which contain dry waste from residential properties.
Residential property owners may, at their own expense, deposit garbage bags at Sussex Waste Management, the transfer station, at 54 McLeod Drive at any time during their business hours.
The contractor has been instructed by the Town to pick up only clear green and blue bags on designated pick up days.
Designated collection days are Tuesdays for residents on the west side (Gateway Mall side) of the railroad tracks and Wednesdays for residents on the east side (Sussex Mall side) of the railway tracks. Residents are asked to have garbage set out no later than 8:00am on the day of pickup and to please refrain from placing garbage out the night before. RESIDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PUT BLEACH ON THEIR GARBAGE BAGS TO DETER ANIMALS/BIRDS. This is a health and safety risk and the contractor will not pick up garbage so treated.
TOWN OF SUSSEX COMPOST FACILITY
The Town of Sussex maintains a Composting Facility on McLeod Drive between the Works Center and the Kings County Region Solid Waste Commission Transfer Station. It is open at all times for the convenience of RESIDENTIAL users only. Commercial users are required to make other arrangements.
This facility accepts the following items which are compostable: grass clippings, leaves and garden wastes. (these are to be placed as close the large pile of leaves as possible, between the signs.) and shrubs, branches and tree parts (these items require processing before composting and are to be placed as close to the brush pile as possible, between the signs).
Town residents are requested to make arrangements to have all compostable items transported to the Compost Facility on McLeod Drive.
Citizens may pick up compost from the compost pile (when available) for their own use.