Blue Box & Recycling

Blue boxes out on the grass

Service at a Glance

Blue Box Recycling

Hamilton has a two stream recycling system, so you will need at least 2 blue recycling boxes for proper sorting. Put all your bottles, cans, cartons and jars into one blue box and put all your paper and cardboard into a different blue box.

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.

Not sure where to put that shampoo bottle or take-out container?
  • Search for any waste item and learn where it goes
  • Download the City's free waste app
Effective May 1, 2018 toss black plastic & Styrofoam products in the garbage

Due to the unpredictability of the recycling market, the City suggests tossing these items in the garbage:

  • plastic coffee cup lids
  • styrofoam coffee cups, meat trays plates & take-out containers
  • black plastic food containers
  • black plant pots and trays
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
When's your next collection day?
  • Search for your collection schedule
  • View the holiday schedule
  • Download the City's free waste app