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Tips for preparing acceptable materials and what to do with unacceptable materials

Below are some handy tips about acceptable and unacceptable material and how to prepare it before taking recycling to your blue recycling cart. Watch for these tips on the City's social media channels too! 

Be sure to read the Recycling FAQs, What Goes Where and download the MyWaste App to search for specific items.

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

Aluminum food containers

Aluminum food trays and pie plates are accepted in your blue recycling cart. Please ensure they are cleaned of food particles before placing them in the cart. 

Cardboard and Boxboard

Cardboard and boxboard are accepted in your blue recycling cart. Be sure that materials are free of food particles; even pizza boxes with minimal grease spots are accepted! 

Paper

Writing and printer paper; books; newspaper and flyers are accepted in your blue recycling cart. Place shredded paper in a clear plastic bag before placing in the blue cart. 

Plastics 1-7 with Recycling Symbol

Check plastics for the recycling symbol and a number from 1 – 7. The numbers help workers to sort plastics on the sorting line based on resin content. Please rinse plastic items free of food and residual contents before placing them in your blue recycling cart

Plastic Shopping Bags

Please bundle plastic shopping bags together into one clear bag so sorters can identify what’s inside and to keep them contained when placing them in your blue recycling cart

Tin foil and tin cans

These items are accepted in your blue recycling cart. Labels do not have to be removed from cans as they are removed during the recycling process. If possible, please pinch the ends of tin cans after placing the lid inside, to keep other recycling materials from becoming wedged inside of the can. 

 
UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

Clothing, bedding and textiles

These items are NOT accepted in the blue recycling carts. If they can’t be re-used or re-purposed, dispose of them in your household garbage. 

Glass

Glass poses a safety hazard to workers on the sorting line and is NOT accepted in blue recycling carts. Please recycle glass at depots located throughout the City. 

Metal Waste

Metal waste is NOT accepted in blue recycling carts. Metal waste such as small appliances or parts from vehicles, bicycles, chairs or plumbing can be taken to the Waste Management Facility

Plastic food wrap

Plastic food wrap is NOT a recyclable plastic and is not accepted in blue recycling carts. Please dispose of this in your household garbage.
 

Styrofoam

Styrofoam packaging is NOT accepted in blue recycling carts. Please dispose of styrofoam packing material with your household garbage. 

 

Thank you for recycling and for doing your part to divert waste from the landfill!