What Goes in the Blue & Grey Boxes?
By properly preparing your recyclable material, you’ll be helping us ensure more efficient service delivery. This means reduced costs for everyone since your recycling collection driver won’t be spending extra time sorting material at the curbside.
We have created a handy printable guide you can post in your home to help you sort your recyclables.
Place clean food, beverage, and household containers loosely in the Blue Box. Do not bag Blue Box Items.
Include: Plastic bottles, jars, tubs and lids, cartons, trays, clamshell and other rigid plastic packaging. All plastic types with a recycling symbol on them are recyclable, regardless of the number in the symbol.
Do not include: Plastic pails over 10 litres, toys, laundry baskets, storage totes, or large plastics that are not a food, beverage, or household container or rigid package.
Include: White Styrofoam pieces, no longer than 90cm x 60cm x 20 cm (35" x 23.5" x 7.75").
Do not include: Coloured or dyed Styrofoam of any size, popcorn Styrofoam.
Include: clear and coloured glass bottles and jars. Return beer and alcohol bottles to The Beer Store or LCBO for a refund.
Do not include: broken glass, window panes, mirrors, lightbulbs, ceramics, drinking glasses.
Aluminum and Steel
Include: metal food and beverage cans. Metal lids can be placed inside a can and pinched shut. Labels do not need to be removed. Paper cans with metal ends (ie., coffee cans, chip cans, nut cans, frozen juice cans, etc.)
Do not include: Aerosol or paint cans, cooking pots or pans, foil wrap, paper-backed foil (such as takeout container lids), or foil laminates (potato chip bags)
Include: newspaper, white paper, coloured paper, colour flyers, catalogues, telephone books, soft cover books, magazines, envelopes, and hard cover books with the cover removed. Place in a clean, untied grocery or paper bag or tie in bundles. This stops the paper from blowing away.
Do not include: gift wrap.
Include: grocery bags, milk bags/pouches, frozen vegetable bags, and newspaper sleeves. Place all clean bags into an empty bag and tie shut.
Do not include: cereal/cracker box liners, plastic food wrap, zipper-type storage bags, diapers, meat/bacon packaging, "crinkly" outer packaging (eg. pasta wrappers), pet food bags, or bubble wrap.
Boxboard & Polycoat
Include: cereal boxes, cracker boxes, frozen food boxes, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, drink trays, greeting cards.
Polycoat: Rinse and flatten milk cartons, juice cartons, and Tetra-Pak juice boxes. Place together with boxboard.
Boxboard: flatten and bundle or place inside another box.
Remove staples and tape. Flatten and bundle no bigger than 90cm x 60cm x 20cm (35" x 23.5" x 7.75"). Tie bundles with string. There is a six bundle limit per collection. Place bundles beside your Grey Box.
Do not include: wax-coated boxes or soiled pizza.