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What to do with my milkbags?

This question has come up a few times recently. I’m in Barrhaven, so I can only speak about our area. Milkbag supplies seem to ebb and flow … and right now, we’ve got overflow! More than enough for our groups and local schools.

However, that’s little help to people who have been collecting and don’t want milkbags to go into the landfill. So I’ve done a little searching (aka googling 🙂 ), and found the following links for the Ottawa area:

That’s right — that last entry is from the City of Ottawa itself … even though the city does not allow plastic bags in their recycling blue box. Check out the list — and you’ll see that foremost of all are Metro grocery stores.

Here in Barrhaven, our Metro at Strandherd/Woodroffe has a large blue bin in the front area where the grocery carts are. Plastic bags are not just grocery bags and milkbags; as long as it’s stretchy (but not the cling-film/saran wrap stuff), it’s a plastic bag. So — bags for breads and buns, bags for veggies and fruit, the plastic wrapper around juice box packs and other mass-quantity items, cleaned ziploc deli bags, …

Put an empty plastic bag on your kitchen counter and you’ll be amazed at what’s in it by the end of a week!

As I said at the start, the supply of milkbags (at least for us) ebbs and flows. At some point, we’ll have gone through our supplies and will once again put out a call for bags. But for now, we have more than enough here.

ON THE OTHER HAND: If you or your group need bags, why not post a comment below, with your contact info. That way, those with bags can get in touch with you. Our goal, no matter what our supply status, is to ensure that these marvellous milkbag resources don’t go into the landfill. Sharing our information is the best way to match supply and demand.

All gone …

Well, it took more than a few weeks to finally pick up all the boxes of new milkbags from Mr McLaren’s. But it’s done. For the Ottawa area, that means we have a lot of supplies available for more than just our Barrhaven group. Lots more! Again, we thank Mr McLaren for the use of his trailer over the past half year, for his having driven 450 to 500 mats and bags down to the CFFC’s Mississauga warehouse, for bringing back 71 boxes, and for his patience while we were finding homes for those boxes. And thanks also go to the many people who drove out over the Christmas holidays, not always on the bright sunny days (!), to then store them in their basements.

Unlike our huge windfall of new bags from ProSoya last July, where each full box contained 2,400 the same bag type (colour, style), these boxes are like Christmas surprises. Not all boxes have the same type of bundles, not all bundles are full (400 bags), and they’re from a variety of manufacturers: Beatrice, Dairyland, Natrel, Neilson, Northumberland, Quebon, Sealtest … a really nice mix.

For weavers, here’s a chance to try out different colour combinations and techniques for making stripes … plaids … is it even possible to weave vertical strips?!  I’d love to post pictures of what you come up with!

For supplies, contact me directly: cthiele@ncf.ca .

Pillow saga continues …

6 OCT ’16 UPDATE:

As per Nancy Bailey’s comment below (6 Oct ’16), CFFC (Canadian Food for Children) is NOT accepting pillows.

I will strike that info from this post, to avoid any further confusion.

An update on the acceptability of pillows filled with milkbag snippets.

It now seems that there are indeed some places that will take them. So here’s what I know so far:

  • Anything going via Anne Downey in Lindsay — no pillows, please.
  • Nancy Bailey from the Cobourg area sent me a message in late August, saying the following:Hello Christina          FYI

             When I called CFFC, they told me the pillows made
             with the ends of plastic bags was acceptable. This
             was a few months ago.
             Has it changed.

  • Further to the above, Carol Carman of Helping Hands Cobourg wrote to say that mats and pillows could be dropped off in her area, at the ReMax office on Elgin Street, Cobourg. Just be sure to tell the receptionist “that Michael Perry has given the OK.”

In answer to Nancy’s query about whether the policy had changed — I haven’t been in touch with CFFC (Canadian Food For Children) in Mississauga myself so I’d say go with what she’s heard.

So — the long and short of it seems to be that pillows stuffed with snippets are being accepted in some places. As all our stuff is going to CFFC, then pillows should be ok. So it then remains a personal choice, whether you want to make them or not.

 

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