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Garbage and Recycling - Recycling Tips


Email:   info@hamilton.ca

Community Recycling Centres

27 Olympic Drive, Dundas (map)

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

460 Kenora Avenue, east Hamilton (map)

 

Handy "Tests"

Try the stretch test for plastic bags. If you can easily stretch a plastic bag (like a grocery bag), put it in your blue box. If you can't easily stretch a plastic bag, put it in the garbage. Note: both inner and outer milk bags can go in your blue box.

Take all of your stretchy plastic bags, stuff them in one stretchy plastic bag and tie the handles together.

Try the bend test for plastic lids. If you can bend a plastic lid in half with one hand (between your middle finger and thumb) put it in your containers blue box. If you can't bend a plastic lid in half with one hand put it in the garbage. For example, lids from coffee cups, cottage cheese tubs and margarine tubs go in your blue box. The lids from laundry detergent bottles, pop bottles and water bottles go in the garbage.

Tips for paper and cardboard

Here are some important things you need to know about recycling your paper and cardboard:

  • Stack a heavier blue box on top of a lighter blue box so stuff doesn't blow away.
  • Stand paper and cardboard up-and-down instead of laying them flat so they don't fly away.
  • Paper and cardboard will only be picked up if they are in a blue recycling box from the City of Hamilton, a plastic container that is the same size and shape as a blue box from the City of Hamilton or a clear plastic bag that is tied at the top.
  • Paper coffee cups, paper plates and paper towels go in your green bin, not in your blue box.
  • Milk and juice cartons and juice boxes go in your blue box with bottles, cans and jars, not with your paper and cardboard.

If you see a bright yellow sticker on your blue box after therecycling truck has come by, it means you have made amistake. We use these stickers, called "Oops! stickers", tohelp you figure out what you did wrong.

To avoid getting an Oops! sticker:

  • Flatten your cardboard and tie it in bundles no bigger than 76 centimetres x 76 cm x 20 cm (or 30 inches x 30 in. x 8 in.).
  • Make sure each blue box doesn't weigh more than 13 kilograms (or 30 pounds).
  • Put all your paper and cardboard into one blue box, and put all your bottles, cans and jars into a different blue box.

Paper that has food on it doesn't go in your blue box – it goes in your green bin:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Facial tissues
  • Paper coffee cups
  • Paper cups
  • Paper towels
  • Waxed paper
  • Waxed paper coffee cups
  • Waxed paper cups

This stuff goes in your garbage:

  • Carbon paper
  • Construction paper (with tape, glue or staples)
  • Diapers
  • Hard covers from books (The pages go in your papers blue box.)

Tips for glass, plastic, cans, containers

Here are some important things you need to know about recycling your bottles, cans and jars:

  • All of your bottles, cans and jars must be empty before you put them in your blue box.
  • Take the lids off all your bottles, cans and jars.
  • Throw plastic lids that bend in half easily into your blue box, but if they don't bend in half, put them in the garbage.
  • Throw all your metal lids into your blue box.
  • If a plastic container has the number 1, 2, 5 or 6 inside the recycling symbol (called a mobius loop) put it in your blue box. If it doesn't, put it in the garbage.
  • Give your bottles, cans and jars a quick rinse before you put them in your blue box.
  • Make sure each blue box does not weigh more than 13 kilograms (or 30 pounds).
  • Bottles, cans and jars will only be picked up if they are in:
    • a blue recycling box from the City of Hamilton,
    • a plastic container that is the same size and shape as a blue box from the City of Hamilton, or
    • a clear plastic bag that is tied at the top.

Top it off! Be sure to take the lids off all your bottles,cans and jars.

If you see a bright yellow sticker on your blue box after the recycling truck has come by, it means you havemade a mistake. We use these stickers, called "Oops! stickers", to help you figure out what you did wrong.

You will get an Oops! sticker if you put any of these things in your blue box with your bottles, cans and jars:

  • Batteries
  • Broken glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Candy wrappers
  • CDs (compact discs)
  • Cereal box bags
  • Chip bags
  • Cling wrap
  • Cracker box bags
  • Drink pouches
  • Glass drinking cups
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil bottles
  • Needles
  • Pails
  • Syringes
  • Toys
  • Windows

Some containers that contained hazardous waste liquids and oils are not recyclable. Empty containers from motor oil, anti-freeze fluid and transmission fluid go in your garbage.