Items for Recycling

Niagara's recycling program accepts a variety of glass, plastic and paper products. These can be placed in your Blue Box or Grey Box for weekly collection.

Dropping Items off at the Recycling Centre

Blue and Grey Box recyclable materials may also be dropped off by Niagara residents, free of charge, at the Recycling Centre:

5030 Montrose Rd.
Niagara Falls
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

For items not listed on this page, view a list of items and where they go.

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All clean, empty plastic containers and packaging (#1 through #7) are accepted in the Blue Box.

Acceptable Items
Aluminium Cans and Foil Containers - Aluminium cans and foil containers
Beverage Cartons - Milk and juice cartons, drink boxes
Cardboard Containers with Metal Bottoms - Frozen juice cans, potato chips containers and baby formula containers
Empty Paint and Aerosol Cans - Lids must be removed from paint cans and recycled with cans
- Plastic lids from aerosol cans must be removed and discarded
- Cans with contents still remaining in them should be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Depot
Glass Jars/Bottles - Remove caps and lids

Metal Food and Beverage Cans

- Place lid inside metal can

Plastic Bottles, Jars, Clamshells, Flower Pots, Trays, Tubs and Lids - Plastic Pop, juice, water, shampoo, bleach, detergent, cooking oil, motor oil, window cleaner and windshield washer bottles
- Any wide mouth plastic tub and lid such as yogurt, margarine and ice cream
Plastic Packaging - Clear food packaging, beverage/food containers, molded plastic packaging (often used to package electronics or small toys)
Polystyrene Foam Plastic - Foam food trays, clamshells and protective packaging
Spiral Cardboard Containers - Frozen juice, Pringles potato chips, baby formula, powdered cleansers, cookie dough packages
Notes:
  • Empty and rinse all containers
  • Only clean containers and plastic packaging are accepted in the Blue Box
  • Do not place containers in plastic bags
  • To decrease wind blown litter, place lighter weight containers at the bottom of the box with heavier materials on top
  • Do not overfill your recycling boxes
  • Continue to separate your Blue and Grey Box materials, however, if your Blue Box is full, you may use another rigid reusable container (e.g. Grey Box)
Non-Acceptable Items
  • appliances
  • butter wrappings
  • cigarette wrappings and foil lined food lids
  • ceramics
  • coat hangers (return to dry cleaner)
  • electronics
  • garden hoses
  • hangers
  • lawn chairs
  • lawn edging
  • light bulbs or window glass
  • needles or syringes
  • paper products (see Grey Box)
  • plastic and foil food wrap
  • plastic bags (see Grey Box)
  • plastic blister packs such as packaging for medication and lozenges
  • plastic pipe (vinyl PVC, polyethylene or ABS)
  • plastic lawn edging
  • plastic paint cans
  • plastic toys
  • plastic without a code
  • propane cylinders
  • scrap metal
  • solar blankets and tarps
  • swimming pools
  • toys
  • VHS tapes
  • vinyl PVC siding
  • Water filters

For items not listed on this page, view a list of items and where they go.

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Acceptable Items
Plastic Bags - retail, milk and bread bags, dry cleaning bags, clean bubble wrap, and the plastic outer covering from items such as toilet tissue, paper towels and pop cases
- remove receipts, stuff all plastic bags into one bag and tie handles
Paper - newspapers, flyers, glossy magazines, catalogues, envelopes, paperbacks, phone books, hardcover books (remove cover and discard)
- Shredded paper should be placed inside a firmly tied clear plastic bag
Corrugated Cardboard - Shipping, appliance, furniture & pizza boxes (remove excess food)
- Excess cardboard may be flattened and placed in a cardboard box or tied in bundles no larger than 90cm (3') x 90cm (3') x 90cm (3')
Boxboard - Cereal, cookie, cracker, detergent, pop, tissue, shoe and gift boxes (remove liners)
Notes:
  • Flatten and stuff smaller boxboard boxes into one larger boxboard box
  • Place all acceptable paper products loose inside the Grey Box. DO NOT place paper products in plastic grocery bags
  • Please continue to separate your Blue and Grey Box materials, however, if your Grey Box is full, you may use another rigid reusable container (e.g. Blue Box)
  • Place lighter weight materials (flyers and plastic grocery bags) at the bottom of the box with heavier materials (newspaper) on top to decrease wind blown litter
  • Ensure cardboard is placed tightly in the Grey Box, rather than loosely on top, or tie it together
Non-Acceptable Items
  • cartons
    • egg (paper)
    • ice cream
    • milk (see Blue Box above)
    • juice (see Blue Box above)
  • chip bags or plastic wrap
  • coated paper bags (e.g. pet food bags)
  • cups
    • take-out coffee
    • soft drinks
  • greeting cards
  • glass
  • metal
  • paper take-out trays (see Green Bin)
  • plastic (see Blue Box above)
  • tissue paper
  • waxed or coated boxboard such as frozen food packaging
  • wood
  • wrapping paper

For items not listed on this page, view a list of items and where they go.


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