Recycling

Love this place, reduce your waste

Before you choose to send an item to the landfill, have a look at these opportunities to recycle materials locally. If our region works together, we will be able to protect the environment and save money at the same time, simply by making small changes to the way we dispose of and purchase products.

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Residential Recycling - What goes Where?

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Cardboard 

Remember: Remove plastic, labels and adhesive tapes. 
Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS, TRANSFER STATIONS and in CURBSIDE RECYCLING bin. 

Not accepted:

  • Boxes with wax coatings
  • Cardboard with food leftovers, e.g. pizza boxes can be included in compost

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Printed Paper and Paper Packaging

Remember: Remove plastic wrap. 
Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS, TRANSFER STATIONS and in CURBSIDE RECYCLING bin. 

Not accepted:

  • Hardcover or paper books
  • Non-paper gift wrap, ribbons and bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Padded envelopes
  • Boxes with wax coatings
  • Foiled-lined bags
  • Paper towel, napkins and tissues (can be included in compost)

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Mixed Containers (metal, plastic and paper pakaging that contained liquids)

Remember: Empty and rinse all containers, include caps and lids removed from containers, squeeze metal lids inside cans, take deposit beverage containers to Return-It depot for refund or place in donation bin. 
Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS, TRANSFER STATIONS and in CURBSIDE RECYCLING bin. 

Not accepted:

  • Straws, plastic and non-paper wraps
  • Foiled-lined cardboard lids
  • Foil bags, foil wrap with paper, stand-up pouches, liquid-absorbing pads, stretch wrap, blister packs, packaging labelled biodegradable, ceramic pots, lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture, garden hoses, string and rope
  • Pails larger than 25 litres

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Glass Bottles and Jars 

Remember: Empty and rinse containers, remove lids, take deposit beverage containers to RETURN-IT depot for refund or place in adjacent donation bin.
Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS and TRANSFER STATIONS.
Glass is NOT accepted in curbside recycling bins as glass will break and create a hazard for workers as well as contaminate other recyclable materials. 

Not accepted:

  • Drinking glasses, vases
  • Dishes
  • Cookware
  • Window glass or mirrors (whole or broken)
  • Ceramic products
  • Metal lids (recylce with mixed containers)
  • Deposit glass (drop off at Return-It Depot for deposit refund)
  • Light bulbs and light fixtures

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Plastic Bags and Overwrap

Remember: Empty bags, remove non-plastic items, stuff into one bag and tie closed. 
Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS and TRANSFER STATIONS only. Plastic bags and overwrap are NOT accepted in curbside recycling bins. 

Not accepted:

  • Crinkly cellophane wrap
  • Kitchen stretch wrap
  • Zipper-lock bags
  • Potato chip or snack bags
  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • Bags labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Multi-layer or laminated plastic packaging
  • Plastic bubble wrap 
  • Garbage bags of any colour
  • Lumber or construction wrap

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Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Remember: Empty packaging, remove non-plastic items.
Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS and TRANSFER STATIONS only. Other Flexible Plastic Packaging is NOT accepted in curbside recycling bins. 

Not accepted:

  • Plastic squeeze tubes
  • Cellphane wrap
  • 6-pack rings
  • Plastic strapping
  • Biodegradable or compostable plastic
  • PVC or vinyl
  • Plastic-lined paper or paper-lined plastic 

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Styrofoam Packaging (separate white and coloured styrofoam)

Remember: Rinse; remove labels, tape, paper and cardboard from Styrofoam cushion packaging; separate white and coloured foam. 
Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS and TRANSFER STATIONS only. 

Not accepted:

  • Liquid-absorbing pads or stretch wrap
  • Packing chips, peanuts or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Squishy or flexible foam

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Food Scraps and Organics

Accepted at RECYCLING DEPOTS, TRANSFER STATIONS and in organics curbside bin. 

Not accepted:

  • Plastics
  • Rubber bands & twist ties
  • Grease, cooking oils and liquids
  • Diapers
  • Pet litter
  • Items labeled biodegradable or compostable*

*Compostable plastics are not currently accepted in the residential food scraps/ organics collection but can be composted through commercial composting (e.g. return compostable take-out containers to cafe or restaurant where it was purchased)


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