Blue Boxes & Recycling

Recycling bin sitting at curb awaiting collection

Service at a Glance

Do you need a blue box?

The City of Hamilton has a two-stream recycling program where papers go in one blue box and containers (bottles, cans, and jars) go in a different blue box. Blue boxes are used for putting your recycling out for pick up every week.

Are you not sure where to put that shampoo bottle? Or that envelope with a plastic window?

There is a long list of things that can be recycled in Hamilton and lots of tips to help you get the most out of your recycling efforts.

How does apartment recycling work?

If you live in an apartment building or condominium, the recycling program is the same as the blue box program, with a few small differences. Apartments have blue bags and blue carts, instead of blue boxes. They look different than blue boxes, but serve the same purpose.

This section is also a resource for building owners, managers, and superintendents who are responsible for running recycling programs.

Are you a super-recycler?

A gold box is like the “gold medal” of recycling. The program awards citizens for doing a great job at recycling. Winning a gold box is as easy as following three simple steps:

  1. Sign up to win
  2. Sort your garbage and recycling according to our “what goes where” list
  3. Put out less than one bag of garbage each week