What goes in your blue box

Recyclable materials


  • Bottles and jars


  • Metal cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Aluminum containers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Empty paint cans with lids removed
  • Aerosol cans (empty hairspray, paint, whipping cream)
  • Spiral-wound canisters with metal ends (frozen concentrate cans, potato chip tube)


  • Plastic bottles, jars and jugs
  • Tubs and tub lids (yogurt, sour cream, hand cleaner, margarine containers)


  • All food and household plastics containers # 1 to7
  • (take-out containers, bakery and produce containers (clam shells)
  • Pails (remove metal handle)
  • Planting trays
  • Flower pots
  • Single serve yogurt containers
  • Clear plastic egg cartons


  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Tetra Pak cartons
  • Drink boxes
  • Soup boxes
  • Milk boxes

Empty wine, beer and spirit containers greater than 100 ml purchased in Ontario must be returned, for refund at the Beer Store. Find your local return location at bagitback.ca.

Non-recyclable materials

Place these items in your regular garbage.


  • Ceramics such as dishes, cups and pottery
  • Other glass such as drinking glasses, window glass, light bulbs, and mirrors
  • Fluorescent light bulbs


  • Metal clothes hangers
  • Scrap metal
  • Chip bags


  • Styrofoam containers
  • Styrofoam packaging
  • All plastic bags
  • Hard plastics such as dishes, cups, toys, make-up jars, laundry baskets
  • Motor oil containers

Find out what happens to the stuff in your blue and black box.

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