Recycling

Recycling is an important way to reduce what we send to landfill and capture materials that can be made into new materials! Recycling programs vary from municipality to municipality, so it's always best to check and be sure you can recycle it - don't be a "wish-cycler!"

  • Acceptable Blue Box materials
    • Aerosol and paint cans (must be empty, dry and lid off)
      Hairspray, spray paint, air freshener, household paints, stains, etc. 
       
    • Aluminum cans, plates, foil & trays
      Pop cans, pie plates, clean foil, baking trays, etc. 

       
    • Beverage cartons & boxes
      Juice and soup boxes, Tetra Paks, milk & juice cartons, etc. 

       
    • Corrugated cardboard & boxboard (flattened and less than 1.2m (4ft) long, 20kg (44lbs))
      Cereal boxes, tissue boxes, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, pizza boxes, egg cartons, drink trays, etc. 

       
    • Glass jars & bottles (all colours)
      Pickle jar, olive oil bottle, etc. 

       
    • Paper, office paper, newspapers, magazines, books (remove hard covers from books and place in garbage)
      Envelopes, letters, construction paper, folders, inserts, flyers, telephone books, etc. 
    • Plastic containers, bottles, jugs & jars (#1-5 & 7, leave caps on)
      Water bottles, soft drink bottles, laundry jugs, vinegar and oil jugs, shampoo, deodorant, plastic plant trays & pots, etc. 
    • Plastic tubs & lids (#1-5 & 7)
      Yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc. 
       
    • Steel & tin cans
      Soup cans, tuna cans, lids from cans, glass jars, etc.
  • Non-Acceptable Blue Box materials

    Garbage:

    • Blister packaging
    • Broken glass, window glass, drinking glasses, glass dishes, etc.
    • Christmas lights
    • Clothes, towels, shoes & linens
    • Coat hangers
    • Coffee pods (e.g. TassimoTM)
    • Construction waste (e.g. PVC, wood)
    • Cookie packaging & chip bags
    • Garden hoses
    • Pails & containers more than 5 gallons
    • Paper coffee cups & lids
    • Plastic & metal utensils
    • Plastic bags, wrap & films (packaging)
    • Plastic toys
    • #6 Polystyrene (e.g. StyrofoamTM, coffee cup lids, meat trays)
    • Pots & pans (cooking)
    • Recyclables that are contaminated or hazardous to process
    • Takeout cups & lids (e.g. coffee, soft drink cups)
    • Wrappers (e.g. candy, chocolate bars)
       

    Green Bin:

    • Food waste
    • Shredded paper & confetti
       

    Hazardous & Electronic:

    • Automotive containers
    • Hazardous waste
    • Medications/pharmaceuticals
    • Sharps/needles
    • Propane tanks
  • Recycling Tips
    • When in doubt, throw it out. 
      If you are not sure, it is better to put it in the garbage than contaminate the Blue Box. 
       
    • Ensure containers are empty. 
      A quick rinse is usually enough to remove contamination (i.e. food wastes, liquids). 
       
    • Papers and containers can be mixed together. 
      Dufferin’s recyclables are sent to a “single stream” facility where they can sort through paper and containers. 
       
    • Place recyclables loose in your Blue Box. 
      Each household is entitled to two free blue boxes. If you need more room, you can purchase another Blue Box or place items in a blue-tinted transparent bag for occasional overflow. 
       
    • Flatten boxboard and cardboard. 
      Tie large amounts of cardboard in bundles no more than 20kg (44lbs) and 1.2m (4ft) in any dimension. 
       
    • On windy days, stack your Blue Boxes. 
      Place heavier items, such as phone books, glass jars and magazines on top. 
       
    • Shredded paper does not belong in your Blue Box. 
      Place it in your Green Bin. 
       
    • There is no limit on the amount of recyclables collected.
      However, each container/bag/bundle of recyclables must not exceed 20kg (44lbs).
       
    • Do not place any waste container on snow banks or icy surfaces.