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How To Recycle

Getting started is easy. Recycle at your curb in three easy steps.

  • Sort recyclables into two types— containers and paper products.
  • Make sure everything’s clean. Rinse food containers so there’s no food left inside. It's especially important to rinse milk cartons, as milk will go sour quickly.
  • Remove the lids and caps from your containers, and remove wrap or plastic from boxes and paper.
  • Stash paper products and containers into separate, see-through blue bags. This is important— we can only take recyclables that aren’t mixed together.
  • Use only see-through blue plastic bags that you can buy at most retail stores where you normally buy your garbage bags.
  • Cardboard can be put in a tied up blue bag or can be broken down and placed in bundles at the curb. If bundled it must measure no more than 2ft by 2ft by 1ft, or else it won't fit in the recycling truck. DO NOT bundle cardboard and then put it in a blue bag; either bundle it or bag it.
  • Put loose recyclables in your blue plastic bag (ie. don't put them within smaller plastic bags, and then in your blue plastic bag.) The blue plastic bags are recyclable, but the other smaller ones are not.
  • Set your separated blue bags at the curb on recycling day.
  • Your collection day will always be the same day of the week. Curbside garbage is collected every week, and recyclables are collected every second week.
  • Garbage is to be placed at the curb no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 8 a.m. on your garbage day.
  • Recycling doesn't need to be covered with a net, blanket or put in a container. The garbage covering bylaw does apply to garbage from April 1 to November 30 each year.
  • Your garbage and recycling day depends on your area. To find out when your recycling day is, click here.

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