Blue boxes and recycling are picked up every week. Your recycling must be placed at the curb in front of your property between 7 pm on the evening before and 7 am on the morning of your scheduled pick up day.
Two Stream Recycling
You can put out as many blue boxes as you need, but since Hamilton has a two stream recycling system 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. Throw the items loosely into the blue box and don't bag it!
Did you get an Oops! Sticker?
To avoid getting an Oops! sticker
- Flatten your cardboard and tie it in bundles no bigger than 76 cm x 76 cm x 20 cm (or 30 in x 30 in x 8 in).
- Make sure each blue box doesn't weigh more than 13 kg (or 30 lbs).
- Put all your paper and cardboard into one blue box, and put all your bottles, cans, cartons 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 and cups
- Paper towels
- Waxed paper
- Waxed paper coffee cups and cups
These go in your garbage:
- Carbon paper
- Construction paper (with tape, glue or staples)
- Hard covers from books (The pages go in your papers blue box.)
You will get an Oops! sticker if you put any of these things in your blue box with your bottles, cans, cartons and jars:
- black plastic food containers
- Broken glass
- Bubble wrap
- Candy wrappers
- CDs (compact discs)
- Cereal box bags
- Chip bags
- Cling wrap
- Cracker box bags
- dark coloured plant pots and trays
- Drink pouches
- Glass drinking cups
- Light bulbs
- Motor oil bottles
- plastic coffee cup lids
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.
Ensure that you separate your recycling accordingly. Hamilton has a two stream recycling system; this means that papers and cardboard go into one blue box and containers go into a separate blue box.
If you see a bright orange “oops! sticker” on your blue box after the recycling truck has come by, it means there are items in your blue box that don’t belong.
Bag all of your stretchy plastic bags and plastic product outer wrap together, double tie the bag, and put it in your containers blue box.
- Plastic bags and product wrap – like bread, grocery, milk and produce bags, and product wrap used on paper towels, diapers, bathroom tissue and water bottles are recyclable.
- You may also be able to return clean, dry, empty plastic bags and product wrap to a retail store, or bring them to a Community Recycling Centre.
Bulky, rigid, hard plastic items
The City of Hamilton will take bulky, rigid, hard plastic items that are not accepted in the blue box free of charge. Please bring them to a Community Recycling Centre.
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