What Goes in a Blue Box?

July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

Holiday Closures
July 27, 2016 - 12:33pm

Civic Holiday Monday, August 1 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday, Monday, August 1

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, August 1.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, August 1.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on Sunday/Holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 or visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, August 1.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, August 1.


  • Recreation Centres, Seniors Centres and Arenas will be closed on Monday, August 1.
  • Seniors Clubs will be open.
  • Wading Pools will be closed on Monday, August 1, with the exception of Dundas Driving Park and Gage Park sites. 
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre and outdoor pools (with the exception of Birge) will be open on Monday August 1 on a modified holiday schedule.
  • For more information, visit Civic Holiday Outdoor Pool Schedules

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • All museums will be closed on closed on Monday, August 1.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 31 - Closed
  • Monday, August 1 - Closed
  • Tuesday, August 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Closed
  • Thursday, August 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, August 5 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic holiday.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 2 for all library locations. Please visit www.hpl.ca for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, August 1, and will reopen Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, August 1. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres. Only cheque payments will be accepted in the drop box.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, August 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2.
  • Tax payments can also be made online or through telebanking, set up through your financial institution.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Blue boxes and recycling are picked up every week. You can put out as many blue boxes as needed. 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 waste collection day.

Containers, plastic and glass

15-litre plastic water bottles (no-deposit)
Aerosol can (empty)
Aluminum foil (clean)
Aluminum foil plate
Aluminum foil tray
Applesauce cups (single serving)
Aseptic container/box (soy, milk, juice, water, soup, drinks)
Bread bag (plastic)
CD and DVD cases
Coffee can
Coffee cup lids
Coffee cups (polystyrene, paper cups go in the green cart)
Cookie tin
Cottage cheese tub
Dry cleaning bag
Egg carton (clear plastic)
Egg carton (foam)
Empty plastic bags (soil, mulch, compost, peat moss, sand, triple mix, fertilizer or manure)
Food can (aluminum and steel)
Frozen dinner plastic food tray
Frozen juice container
Glass bottle
Glass coffee jar
Glass jar
Grocery bag (plastic)
Household cleanser bottle (empty)
Iced cappuccino cups
Juice box (juice, water, drinks, soup, broth)
Margarine tub
Metal coffee can
Milk bag - inner - rinsed
Milk bag - outer
Milk carton
Paint can (empty)
Pill bottles (over the counter and prescription, must be emptied)
Plastic bottle
Plastic coat hangers
Plastic coffee container
Plastic cookie and cracker bag trays
Plastic drinking cups
Plastic flower pot and plant pots and trays (clean, max 12 inch, #5 PP)
Plastic food container
Plastic ice cream tub
Plastic jar
Plastic jug for detergent, laundry soap, fabric softener etc.
Plastic pail (five litres or less in size)
Plastic produce containers
Plastic sandwich bag (with zipper removed)
Plastic soap bottle
Plastic tub
Plastic tub lid
Plastic water bottles (250 ml - 4 litres sizes)
Polystyrene containers and plates
Polystyrene foam packaging (white)
Polystyrene "popcorn" packaging
Pop can
Produce bag
Shampoo bottle
Sour cream tub
Steel can (soup and other)
Styrofoam peanuts (place in a clear plastic bag)
Windshield washer fluid container (empty)
Yogurt beverage container
Yogurt/pudding cup (single serve)

Paper and cardboard

Blueprint paper or blueprints
Book (hardcover, with the cover removed)
Book (paperback)
Bread bag (paper)
Bristol board (clean)
Cardboard box
Cardboard container
Cereal box
Cigarette packages (outer cardboard)
Computer paper
Construction paper (clean)
Detergent box
Egg carton (paper)
Envelope (with plastic window)
Envelope (without plastic window)
File folders
Frozen food box
Gift bag (rope removed, non metallic)
Gift Boxes
Gift Tag (without foil)
Gift wrapping paper (non-metallic)
Greeting card
Hardcover book (cover removed)
Household paper
Index card
Junk mail
Packing paper
Paper (writing)
Paper egg carton
Paper roll
Paperback book
Phone book
Pizza box (empty- no food residue or plastics)
Potato chip container (cardboard can)
Printed paper
Shoe box
Shredded paper (loose) tissue box
Tissue wrapping paper
Toiletpaper tube
White (granulated) paper sugar bags
Writing paper