Community Environmental Initiatives

Put Waste in the Right Place

Whether you're in a park, on a trail, on a sidewalk or on a road; whether you're in a car, on a bike, on a walk or on a bus, you can keep Hamilton clean and green by putting waste in the right place!

If you live and work in Hamilton, putting waste in the right place is the same when you're out and about as it is when you're at home.

Help keep valuable recyclables out of our one and only landfill.  Water bottles, pop cans and juice cartons are a few of the containers that can be recycled.

Make sure candy wrappers, coffee cups & lids, cigarette waste and fast food containers, like Styrofoam and black plastic, go in the garbage and don’t end up as litter in our beautiful parks, trails and roadways.

Put waste in the right place!

Why do I need to put waste in the right place?

Hamilton is an environmentally conscious community:

  • Hamilton residents use their recycling blue boxes and green carts.  This has helped extend the life of our only landfill.  We're still working towards our goal of 65% diversion from landfill.

Hamilton is a community with great civic pride:

  • We appreciate our unique geological features including the Niagara escarpment, Lake Ontario, Hamilton Harbour, Cootes Paradise and our 125 waterfalls. 
  • We enjoy more than 522 parks, 68 kilometres of City-owned trails and 3,100 acres of open space.
  • We respect these natural and manmade environments and want to keep them clean and green.

Hamilton spends a lot on keeping sidewalks, roadways and parks clean:

  • We spend about $1.8 million a year to contain and prevent litter on public property.  Imagine what those tax dollars could be invested in if we all put waste in the right place.

Hamilton is home to environmentally aware businesses: 

  • Many Hamilton businesses recycle, compost, reduce litter and help the environment. 

What is the Day of Action on Litter?

The Day of Action on Litter is an annual event to bring attention to the impact waste and litter has on our environment and what we can do to stop it. The Provincial Day of Action on Litter is officially recognized in the province on the second Tuesday in May each year, this year it begins May 12th, 2020. Considering the province's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the initial Day of Action on Litter will focus specifically on what Ontarians can do to prevent, reduce and divert waste at home.

What can you do to help?

Diverting waste

  • Recycling or composting materials when and where possible to divert waste away from our landfill
  • Disposing of household hazardous waste materials like batteries in a proper battery recycling container or by taking them to one of the City’s Community Recycling Centres
  • Participating in one of the City’s Volunteer Cleanup Programs: Team Up to Clean Up or Adopt a Park

Reducing waste

  • Giving old products new life instead of throwing them away. For example, using old containers for storage.
  • Donating, selling or giving away gently used household items and clothing

Preventing waste and litter

  • Stopping waste before its created by choosing to buy goods with less packaging
  • Stacking a heavier blue box on top of a lighter blue box to prevent escaped litter on windy days
  • Standing paper and cardboard up-and-down instead of laying them flat in a blue box so they don’t blow away
  • Disposing of disposable gloves and face masks in the garbage and not on the ground or in blue boxes
  • Discarding cigarette litter into the proper receptacles

Later this year, when it is safe to do so, the focus will shift to include community cleanups and invite you to join us as we make our community a cleaner, healthier place to live, work and grow.