Blue Box & Recycling

What can be Recycled

Effective May 1, 2018 toss single use black plastic & Styrofoam products in the garbage

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

  • plastic coffee cup lids
  • styrofoam coffee cups, meat trays plates and take-out containers
  • black plastic food containers
  • black plant pots and trays

Download the updated waste sorting guide (PDF, 3.7 MB)


  • Books (hardcover removed)
  • Computer paper, writing paper and envelopes
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Newspaper and flyers
  • Boxboard (cereal, detergent, tissue and frozen food boxes)
  • Paper egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls
  • Gift bags and wrapping paper (handles removed, non-metallic)
  • Cardboard boxes (flatten, tie in bundles and place beside your blue box)
  • Aluminum and metal cans
  • Aluminum foil, plates and trays
  • Paint cans (empty)
  • Cartons (juice, milk and soup)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles (lids removed)
  • Plastic plates, cups and coffee lids*
  • Plastic tubs and lids
  • Plastic fruit baskets and containers
  • Plastic take-out containers
  • Stryfoam coffee cups, plates and take-out containers*
  • Plastic flower pots and trays*
  • Molded plastic (from toys, etc.)
  • Plastic bags and plastic product wrap (bread, milk (outer bag only), grocery and produce bags) *inner milk bags are garbage

* Effective May 1, 2018, please put  single use black plastic and Styrofoam products in the garbage due to the unpredictability of the recycling market.