Blue Box & Recycling

What can be Recycled

Waste Management Survey

The City has launched an online survey as part of its Solid Waste Management Master Plan to gather public opinion on the current Waste Management Program and to contribute to the future direction of waste minimization in Hamilton for the next 25 years.

Blue "Take the survey" button

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.