I used to work for a CPG company in Kitchener, and we claimed our packaging was recyclable. It was a composite of polyethylene #1 and polypropylene #5, both commonly accepted by Toronto and other Ontario municipalities for blue box. However when they're combined, the recycling number is now a #7, which while accepted by Kitchener-Waterloo (but almost nowhere else), is a catch all # for non-recyclable material - baled and shipped to China for shredding and used in gawd knows what, and transferring the environmental impact of our made in Ontario packaging to China and its people. The few customers who called to say their city would not accept #7 material were told they could ship the packaging back to us at their expense. How is that positive recycling?In Halton - styrofoam is not. Not having consistent recycling rules is a huge problem.
I notice that Toronto no longer includes the Recycling # on their guide https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/houses/what-goes-in-my-blue-bin/ So what's the point of these numbers?