(Note these are general tips for recycling. Some municipalities have different rules, so check what’s recyclable in your own community.)


Do Recycle

  • Plastic containers with a recycling triangle on the bottom, including all bottles, pails, tubs, and jugs
  • Aluminum drink cans
  • Steel (tin) food cans
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Juice boxes

Don’t Recycle (in your blue box)

  • Cellophane
  • Household hazardous waste containers, such as antifreeze, motor oil, windshield washer fluid, bleach, pesticide or herbicide. You can identify many hazardous waste products by the danger symbols (e.g., corrosive, explosive, poison and flammable)
  • Aluminum foil or foil pie plates
  • Foil or foam takeout food containers
  • Foam packaging, foam egg cartons or foam meat trays


  • Leave lids on containers, caps on bottles
  • Crush plastic bottles, milk jugs and milk and juice cartons to leave more room in your blue box


Do Recycle

  • Newspapers and inserts, flyers and junk mail
  • Magazines, phone books, household paper, shredded paper and envelopes
  • cardboard egg cartons and paper tubes
  • Flattened cardboard, no more than 1 metre in any direction, e.g., cereal, cracker, tissue, laundry, shoe and packing boxes
  • Pizza boxes

Don’t Recycle

  • Soiled paper or boxes


  • Leave staples in paper, labels on containers and windows in envelopes
  • When you’re recycling paper and boxes, fold and flatten them to save space


Do Recycle

  • Glass jars and bottles (clear and coloured)

Don’t Recycle

  • Mirrors, window glass or light bulbs
  • Drinking glasses, ceramics or cookware
  • Broken glass


  • Leave lids on containers, caps on bottles


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