Recycling Changes


Due to global recycling changes, certain items that we once collected no longer have a market to be made into new products. This changes what we can accept curbside for recycling. Moving forward, we ask that residents place only the accepted items listed below into their blue recycling bags.

See our FAQ for more information about these changes to recycling.

Watch this short 3 minute video for a quick overview of how the recycling market has changed.

What is Acceptable

Only blue bags with the correct items listed below will be collected. All items must be clean and free of food, liquids and dirt with no lids or caps.

  • Paper, Magazines, newspaper, flyers and catalogues
  • Books with front and back covers removed
  • Cardboard, flattened (60 cm by 1 m or smaller)
  • Boxboard (e.g. cereal, cracker, cookies, tissue boxes)
  • Beverage containers eligible for deposit (no glass)
  • Rigid plastic containers (#1 & #2), tubs and bottles.
    • (e.g. detergent, condiment or shampoo bottles; margarine and large yogurt containers; ice cream pails)
  • Aluminum and tin food cans, pie plates and containers (clean and in original shape)
  • Office paper, envelopes, craft paper
  • Wrapping paper (no foil), greeting cards (decorations removed)

Refer to our detailed sorting list for more information.

What is Not Acceptable

  • Plastic bags and wrap (e.g. grocery bag, food wrap, produce bags resealable bags)
  • Plastic clamshells (e.g. berries, salad, bakery items)
  • Small Single-serve plastic cups (e.g. yogurt, pudding)
  • Single use plastic items (e.g. cutlery, straws, coffee pods)
  • Plastic toys and other plastic household items
  • StyrofoamTM
  • Tetra paksTM without deposit (e.g. soups, broth, egg whites)
  • Small metal item (e.g. coat hanger, nails, broken household items)
  • Glass – including jars
  • To-go cups (e.g. coffee and drink cups, lids and straws)
  • Solo cups and iced cappuccino cups

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