A FEW SPECIFICS
Plastic bags may be placed in the bin; however, you need to make a “bag of bags,” i.e. stuff them all in one bag and knot the handles to make sorting easier. Generally speaking, plastics containers and packaging made of plastic #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7 may be placed in the recycling bin.
On the other hand, except for a few regions in Quebec, most sorting centres reject polystyrene (#6 plastic). Work is underway to find ways to give this material a second life.
The following are a few examples of polystyrene containers and packaging that should not be placed in your recycling bin:
Polystyrene foam: coffee cups, trays used for meat, fish, or vegetables, protective packaging for electronic devices.
Rigid: plastic utensils, mushroom containers (blue or black), single-serving yogurt containers*, transparent gable-top containers for pastries (e.g. croissants), mini coffee creamers, CD and DVD cases.
*Packs of 4 or more yogurt containers are generally not accepted in sorting centres. However, small yogurt containers sold by the unit are generally accepted because they are made with recyclable plastic.
Flexible: Some Quebec municipalities might reject plastic bags and film. Ask your municipal services for details!