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Garbage and Recycling - What Goes Where?

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Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
15-litre plastic water bottles (no-deposit)
Acetate
Acetone nail polish remover
Acid or bases
Adhesives (all types)
Aerosol cans (empty)
Aerosol can (full or partially full)
Air conditioner
Alkyd and lead-based paint/stain
Aluminum, metal or steel cans
Aluminum foil (clean)
Aluminum foil plate
Aluminum foil tray
Antenna
Antifreeze
Antifreeze Container (empty)
Applesauce cups (single serving)
Appliances (large and with coolant)
Appliances (large excluding those with coolant)
Appliances (small)
Aquarium (bigger than 4 feet)
Aseptic container/box (soy, milk, juice, water, soup, drinks)
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Ashes (cool from fireplace - clean wood only)  
Ashes (cooled) - with residual paint, plastic, metal or glue
Asphalt Roofing Shingles (clean, no nails)
Automobile batteries
Awning
Baby wipes
Bags containing pet food, flour, rice, cereal grains, etc.
Baked goods
Baking ingredients
Baking Sheets (metal)  
Baking Trays (plastic)
Balloons
Bandages and gauze
Bar (Residential & Wood)
Barbeque (frame)
Barbeque propane cylinder
Basketball net and pole (plastic base is garbage)
Bath tub
Batteries (single use)
Bed frame (metal)
Bicycle
Binders
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Bird seed
Bleach
Blister packaging (gum and lozenges)
Blueprint Ink
Blueprint Paper or Blueprints
Board games
Bones
Book (hardcover, with the cover removed)
Book (paperback)
Boxboard
Brake fluid
Bread
Bread bag
Bread/milk tags
Bristol board (clean)
Broken computer
Broken glass/mirror (sealed in a clearly labeled cardboard box)
Broom
Brush (hair, toilet, tooth, etc.)
Bubbled plastic packaging
Building materials
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Bulbs (see light bulbs)
Burlap
Butcher paper (for wrapping meat)
Butter
Butter wrapper
Cabinet
Cake and candy
Calendar
Camera (digital)
Candle
Candle wax
Candy wrapper
Car care products
Car Parts
Car wax
Car window (not broken)
Carbon paper
Carbon water filter
Cardboard barrel
Cardboard box
Cardboard cans (frozen juice, refrigerated dough, chips)
Cardboard container
Cardboard drum
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Carpet
Carpet Steamer  
Carpet underlay
Catalogue
Catheter bag
CD and DVD's
CDs and DVDs plastic cases
CD players/recorders
Cellophane
Cellular Phones
Ceramic Dishes
Ceramics
Cereal box
Cereals and grains
Chairs
Chalk
Charcoal
Chemicals
Chewing gum
Children's Car seat
Chimenea/Outdoor fireplace/Fireplace insert (metal)
Chiminea/Outdoor fireplace (clay)
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Chip bags
Chlorine
Christmas Tree (natural)
Christmas Tree (artificial)
Christmas tree ornaments
Cigarette packages
Cigarettes, cigarette butts and ashes
Clay
Clay Flower Pot
Cleaners and detergents
Clear plastic drink cup
Cloth napkin
Clothes Pegs
Clothes Umbrella (Outside Rack)
Clothing
Coffee can
Coffee cup lids
Coffee cups (polystyrene)
Coffee grounds/filters
Coffee maker cups (Keurig, Tassimo etc.)
Composter (backyard, empty)
Computer
Computer Accessories
Computer disks
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Computer paper
Condoms
Construction debris
(concrete, bricks, fill, stone, topsoil, asphalt, etc)
Private disposal (see Yellow Pages)
Construction paper (clean)
Cookie bag
Cookie tin
Cooking oil
Cookware
Cores
Corn cobs and husks
Cornstalks
Cottage cheese tub
Cotton balls
Couches
Crib
Crock Pot (crock and lid)
Crock Pot (metal)
Curtain rod (metal)
Curtains
Dairy products
Dehumidifier/Humidifier
Dental floss
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Deodorant (contents)
Deodorant container
Desk/Table
Detergent bottles
Detergent box
Dialysis Bag
Diaper
Dishwasher
Disposable cleaning sheet
Disposable mop sheets
Disposable Plastic Cutlery - forks, knives, spoons
Disposable razor
Dog House
Door (Interior)
Doors
Drain cleaner
Dresser
Dried flowers
Drinking glass
Driveway Sealer (Tar)
Dry cleaning bag
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Dryer
Dryer lint
Dryer sheets
Drywall
DVD player
Eavestrough
Egg carton (clear plastic)
Egg carton (foam)
Egg carton (paper)
Eggs/eggshells
Elastic bands
Electric heater
Electrical Motor
Electronic air cleaner
Electronic waste
Empty plastic bags from soil, mulch, compost, peat moss, sand, triple mix, fertilizer or manure
Energy efficient light bulb
Envelope (with or without plastic window)
Envelope (without plastic window)
Envelopes with padding
Equalizers and amplifiers
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Exercise equipment
Exercise equipment (metal)
Extension cord, cables, power cords
Eyeglasses
Fabric softener bottles
Facial cleansing cloths
Facial tissue
Facial tissue  box
Fallen fruit from trees
Feathers
Feminine hygiene products
Fence (metal)
Fertilizers
Fibreglass insulation
File folders
Fire extinguisher
Fireplace ash (cold)
Fireplace insert
Fireworks (Used)
Fish
Fish tanks (smaller than 4 feet) - place in a cardboard box and write "glass" on the box
Floor lamps
Flooring
Florist foam
Flour
Flowers
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Fluorescent light bulb/tubes and ballasts
Fluorescent Tube Light (Broken)
Fluorescent Tube Light (Whole)
Flyers
Foam coffee cups
Foam packaging (white)
Foam packing "peanuts"
Foam packing "popcorn"
Foam plates
Foam take-out containers
Foil and plastic seals from yogurt and other containers
Food
Food can (aluminum and steel)
Food scraps
Freezer
Freezie wrapper
Frozen dinner plastic food tray  
Frozen food box
Frozen juice container
Frozen vegetable bag
Fruit
Frying pan (including teflon(R)-coated)
Fuel
Furnace
Furnace filter
Furnace Motor
Furniture
Fuse
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Fusebox
Garbage can
Garbage compactor
Garden chemicals
Garden trimmings
Gas
Gel pack
Gift bag (rope removed, non metallic)
Gift boxes
Gift card (plastic)
Gift tag (with foil)  
Gift tag (without foil)
Gift wrapping paper (metallic)
Gift wrapping paper (non-metallic)
Glass (windows) (intact)
Glass bottle
Glass Coffee Jar
Glass jar (no canning jars)
Glue
Golf Clubs
Grass clippings
Grease (automobile)
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Grease and fat (food)
Greeting card
Grocery bag
Hair (human and animal)
Hair dyes
Hardcover book (cover removed)
Hay
Heat pump/exchanger
Heating oil tank (empty, cut in half)
Hedge and tree trimmings/branches
Helium tank
Herbicides
Herbs
Home furnishings
Home health care waste
Home Office Equipment (Small Desktop Versions Only)
Hose (rubber or vinyl)
Hospital Bed (mattress)
Hospital bed (metal frame)
Hot water tank (empty)
House and garden plants
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
House plants (soil removed)
Household Cleanser bottle (empty)
Household paper
Housewares
Ice cream carton
Iced cappuccino cups (Tim Hortons)
Image, Audio and Video Devices
Incandescent/halogen light bulb
Incontinence pads
Index card
Insecticides
Insulation
Jacuzzi
Juice box (juice, wine, water, drinks, soup, broth)
Juice carton
Juice drink pouch
Junk mail
Kerosene
Kitchen Cabinets, counter tops and sinks
Kitty litter
Ladder (metal)
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Ladder (wood)
Lamp
Lancet
Large branches (diameter must not be larger than 10cm or 4 inches)
Latex rubber gloves
Laundry basket
Laundry pump
Laundry soap bottle
Lawn edging (earth removed)
Lawn furniture
Lawn mower (plastic)
Lawn Roller
Lazy-boy recliner
Leaves
Light Bulbs (residential):
Fluorescent bulbs
Light bulbs (traditional)
Halogen bulbs
HiD lamps/bulbs
Sodium lamps/bulbs
UV lamps/bulbs
Light fixture/ceiling fan
Light strings (Christmas lights)
Lighter
Lighter fluid
Linen
Locker (metal)  
Logs that are no more than 30 centimetres in diameter and no longer than 1.2 metres (or 4 feet)
Lollipop stick
Loose tea
Lotion (Cosmetic Contents)
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Luggage / trunk / chest (large)
Luggage/trunk/chest (small)
Magazine
Margarine tub
Markers
Matches & Match Books
Mattress
Mattress wrapping / cover (plastic)
Mayonnaise
Meat
Medication
Medicine bottle/puffer (over the counter, empty)
Mercury thermometres/thermostats
Metal Coat Hanger
Metal Coffee Can
Metal Drum
Metal fireplace
Metal Laundry Tub
Metal Pail/Drum
Metal shower enclosure
Microwave oven
Microwave popcorn bag
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Milk bag (rinsed)  
Milk carton  
Mirror (intact)
Monitor
Motor oil
Motor oil container (empty)
Muffin paper cups
Music records, audio tapes, cassettes
Mylar Paper
Nail clipping
Nail polish and remover
Needle
Newspaper
Nuts and shells
Oatmeal and oats
Oil filter
Oven
Oven cleaner
Oxygen Tank
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Packing paper
Pads from meat trays
Paint can (empty)
Paint can (full or partially full)
Paint thinner
Paper (writing)
Paper bags and cellulose lined paper bags
Paper cups
Paper napkin
Paper plate
Paper roll
Paper shredder (electric)
Paper takeout food containers
Paper towel
Paperback book
Parquet Flooring Cuttings
Pasta
Patio doors (metal frame - no glass)
Patio doors (non metal frame - no glass) broken down, bundled and tied
PDAs and pagers
Peanut butter
Peatmoss Flower Pot
Peels
Pen
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Pencil
Perfume
Perfume bottle
Perm solution
Pesticides
Pet food
Pet waste
Phone book
Photocopier
Photographic chemicals
Photographs
Piano / Organ
Picnic table (broken down, bundled and tied)
Picture negatives / Film
Pillow
Pink inuslation
Pits
Pizza
Pizza box (empty- no food residue or plastics)
Pizza box (greasy)
Plastic bags (soil, mulch, compost, peat moss, sand ,triple mix, fertilizer or manure)
Plastic bakery tray
Plastic bottle
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Plastic cereal and cracker box LINERS
Plastic clamshell containers and fruit baskets
Plastic coat hangers
Plastic Coffee Container
Plastic cookie and cracker bag trays  
Plastic drinking cups
Plastic farm bale wrap
Plastic film packaging on cases of water/pop/juice/beverages
Plastic flower and plant pots and trays (clean, max 12 inch, #5 PP)  
Plastic food bag/liner/pasta bags
Plastic food container
Plastic food wrap
Plastic Gift Cards and Credit Cards
Plastic ice cream tub
Plastic jar
Plastic jug for detergent, laundry soap, fabric softener etc.
Plastic Laundry Tub
Plastic pail (five gallons / 18.5 litres or less in size, metal handles removed)
Plastic paint tray
Plastic plates
Plastic produce containers  
Plastic sandwich bag, food packaging (with zipper removed)
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Plastic six-pack rings
Plastic soap bottle
Plastic Standing Food Pouches
Plastic straw
Plastic take out containers (black bottom and clear top)
Plastic tubs and lids
Plastic utensils
Plastic water bottles (250 ml - 4 litres sizes)
Plastic water  bottles (15 litre size) (no deposit)  
Playpen
Plumbing fixtures
Poison Ivy
Polystyrene "popcorn" packaging
Polystyrene containers and plates
Polystyrene foam packaging (white)
Pool (above ground)
Pool (children's)
Pool chemicals
Pool cover/hot tub cover
Pool diving board
Pool filter
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Pool pumps
Pool heater/metal filters
Pool liner
Pool noodle
Pool stairs
Pool table
Pop can
Popcorn
Popcorn cart/maker
Popsicle sticks
Postcard
Posters
Potato chip container (cardboard can)
Power tools
Prescription bottle
Pressure treated wood
Printed paper
Printing Device
Produce bag
Pudding cups (single serve)
Puffer (Empty Only)
Pumpkin
Q-tips
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Radio
Range hood
Rechargeable Batteries
Recievers
Refrigerator
Reusable Shopping Bags
Ribbons/Bows
Rice
Rope
Roto Tiller (Metal & Residential)
Roto tiller (non-metal & residential)
Safe (Metal & Home Size)
Safe (Non-metal & Home Size)
Salad and dressing
Salt (driveway)
Sandwich Bag (with zipper removed)
Satellite dish
Sauce
Sawdust (in a paper bag)
Scooter (Motorized)
Scouring pad
Scrap metal
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Scrap wood/firewood
Seeds
Sewing machine
Shampoo bottle
Shells
Shingles
Shoe box
Shovel
Shower curtain
Shower Door
Shower Insert (Metal)
Shower Insert (Non-Metal)
Shower liner/shower rod
Shredded CD/DVD/Credit Cards
Shredded paper (loose) - option a
Shredded paper (loose) - option b
Shredder (electric, paper)
Siding (vinyl)
Single Serve Coffee Pouch
Sinks (non-metal)
Small appliances
Smoke/carbon monoxide alarm (batteries removed)  
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Snack food bag
Snow blower
Soap
Soap bottles
Sod Not accepted - check yellow pages
Sofa  
Sofa beds (tied)
Solvents
Soup boxes or cartons
Sour cream
Sour cream tub
Soy milk carton
Speaker
Sponge
Sports drink bottle (hard plastic or other)/ Baby bottle (with BPA)
Sports Equipment
Stairs
Steam cleaner (carpet)
Steel can (soup and other)
Stickers
Sticky notes
Strapping
Stumps (tree) Private disposal(see Yellow Pages or call 546-2489 (CITY) 
Styrofoam (see polystyrene)
Styrofoam peanuts (bagged)
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Sugar and spices
Sugar bags (paper)
Suitcase
Sump pump
Swing Set
Syringe  
Tables
Takeout coffee cup
Tar (driveway sealer)
Tarp
Tea bag
Telephones and accessories
Television
Televisions
Tent
Tiles
Tires
Tissue box
Tissue wrapping paper
Toaster or toaster oven
Toilet
Toilet paper tube
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Tools
Toothbrush
Toothpaste tube
Toothpicks
Towel
Toys (plastic or other)
Transmission fluid
Treadmill

Tree stumps Private disposal(see Yellow Pages or call 546-2489 (CITY) 
Trophies
Turntables
Turpentine
Twist ties
Vacuum Cleaner  
Vacuum cleaner bag and contents
Vanity
Varnishes
VCR/DVD player
Vegetables
Vellum
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Vending machine  
Video and audio cassettes
Video Players/Projectors
Video recorders
Vinyl siding
Vitamins and supplements
Wagon Wheel/Rim
Wallpaper
Washing machine
Water bottles
Water cooler
Water filter
Water heater
Waterbed bladder
Wax cartons
Wax paper
Waxed Cardboard
Welding tank
Wheel Barrow
Wheelchair
White (paper) sugar bags
Windows
Wine Barrel
 
Green bin

Leaf / yard

Blue box

Garbage

Take it to a CRC

Bulk
pick-up
Wine cork (plastic or wooden)
Wood
Wood chips/shavings/sawdust
Wood-burning stove
Wooden crate
Wooden cutlery (chopsticks)
Wooden skid (no nails)
Working computers (Pentium II and above)
Wrapping Paper (Plastic laminated)
Wrapping Paper (With excessive amounts of tape)
Writing paper
X-rays
Yard waste
Yarn
Yogurt
Yogurt Beverage Container
Yogurt tub
Yogurt/Pudding cup (single serve)