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Garbage and Recycling - Blue Boxes and Recycling

Blue boxes and recycling are picked up every week. You can put out as many blue boxes as you need to. Your recycling must be placed at the curb in front of your property between 7:00 p.m. on the evening before and 7:00 a.m. on the morning of your scheduled waste collection day.

Put all your bottles, cans and jars into one blue box, and put all your paper and cardboard into a different blue box. Throw the items loosely into the blue box - don't bag it!

Pick-up another blue box

If you need another blue box, there is no charge to pick one up at one of the following locations. You must bring identification with you to get a blue box.

Acceptable containers for recyclables are:

  • A blue box provided by the City.
  • Any size blue box to hold your recyclables as long as it weighs less than 13 kg (30lbs).
  • A securely tied non-returnable clear or translucent plastic bag.
  • Note: You can put a lid on your blue box so your stuff doesn’t blow away.

    Bulky, Rigid Plastics Recycling

    For a limited time, the City of Hamilton will be accepting,
    FREE of charge bulky, rigid, hard plastic items, that are
    not accepted in the blue box. Please bring them any of the City's three Community Recycling Centres.

    Acceptable items:
    • Plastic Buckets and Pails
    • Plastic Crates and Trays
    • Plastic Laundry Baskets
    • Plastic Lawn Furniture
    • Plastic Pet Carriers
    • Plastic Pots
    • Large Plastic Toys
    • Plastic Playhouses
    • Totes and Tool Cases
    • Plastic Garbage Bins
    • Recycling Bins
    Non-Acceptable items include:
    • Vinyl Siding and Panels
    • Piping and Tubing
    • Garden Hoses
    • Car Bumpers
    • VHS/audio Tapes
    These items are garbage.


    Community Recycling Centres

    27 Olympic Drive, Dundas (map)

    37 Kilbride Road, Hamilton mountain (map)
    (includes the Reuse Store)

    460 Kenora Avenue, east Hamilton (map)