Acceptable material


  Acceptable for recycling   Not acceptable for recycling


  • Newspapers
  • Flyers and magazines
  • Paper (even with staples)
  • Envelopes (even with windows)
  • Cereal, frozen food, laundry detergent, shoe and other boxes
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened and tied)
  • Cardboard tubes and rolls
  • File folders
  • Paper bags
  • Telephone books
  • Books


  • Tin cans, covers and lids
  • Hangers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Clean aluminum pie plates and foil



  • Bottle and jars of all shapes and colours (no need to remove labels)

Hard plastics

  • Bottles from any sort of liquid, including shampoo and laundry detergent
  • Yogurt, margarine, shortening and other similar containers, covers and lids

Soft plastics

  • Grocery and other shopping bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Bread and pastry bags (grease-free)
  • Clean food storage bags
  • Plastic wrappers (from milk, paper towels, etc.)


  • Soiled or greasy paper or cardboard
  • Wax paper, stickers and wallpaper
  • Photographic paper
  • Foil gift wrap
  • Padded envelopes
  • Composite products (binders)
  • Diapers
  • Metal hardware, pipes, nails, screws
  • Pots, pans, muffin tins
  • Small household appliances
  • Toys and tools made from mixed materials
  • Scrap metal


  • Drinking glasses
  • Porcelain and ceramics, Pyrex and broken dishes

Hard plastics

  • All number 6 plastics (polystyrene)
  • Toothpaste tubes and pumps
  • Rubber items (hoses and boots)
  • Tires
Soft plastics
  • Soiled plastic film
  • Greasy or waxed wrappers
  • Stretch wrap
  • Pool covers and awnings

Organic waste

  Acceptable for organic waste   Not acceptable for organic waste

Household organic waste

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Pasta, bread and cereal
  • Meat and fish products
  • Dairy products and egg shells
  • Coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags
  • Cake, cookies and candy
  • Soiled paper towels and tissues
  • Soiled paper and cardboard food packaging (pizza boxes, popcorn bags, flour bags)
  • Pet waste and other kitty litter


Leaf and outdoor waste

  • Household plants, including soil
  • Grass clippings, weeds and other yard waste
  • Dead and fallen leaves
  • Flowers and potted plants (including the discarded earth)
  • Bark, wood chips and sawdust
  • Small branches less than 30 centimeters (12 inches) long in bundles of no more than 45 centimeters (18 inches) in diameter
  • Plastic wrap and styrofoam trays
  • Diapers and sanitary products
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Wood, ashes and cigarette butts
  • Wax, wax paper and chewing gum
  • Vacuum bags and their contents
  • Hair, pet fur and feathers
  • Cotton balls, make-up removal pads
  • Dryer sheets and lint

Bulky waste

Acceptable materials for bulky waste collection include mattresses and other furniture, large appliances (washer, fridge, etc.) among other things.