Recycling Regulations

Ontario Recycling Regulations

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/940102

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/940103

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/940104

Ministry of Environment – Non-hazardous Waste Transportation Certificate of Approval Requirements for an Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Workplace to Transport Blue Box Material to a Recycling Yard - https://www.ontario.ca/page/environmental-activity-and-sector-registry

Guelph Waste Management Bylaw - http://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/WasteManagementBylaw.pdf

Guelph Waste Management Master Plan - http://guelph.ca/plans-and-strategies/solid-waste-management-master-plan/

Guelph Approved Recycling Materials

Recycling

Cartons & Drink Boxes

  • Ice cream containers
  • Polycoat (milk cartons)
  • Tetra Paks (juice boxes) 

Glass

  • Bottles and jars (any color)

Metal

  • Aluminum (foil and pie plates)
  • Paint cans (empty and dry)
  • Pop cans
  • Steel cans (soup and tuna) 

Plastic

  • Bottles and containers (all numbers)
  • Detergent bottles
  • Laundry hampers
  • Medicine bottles (non-prescription)
  • Plant pots, trays, and flats
  • Tubs and lids from food containers

Paper

  • Books (hard covers removed)
  • Boxboard
  • Bristol board
  • Calendars (spiral removed)
  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes (including window envelopes)
  • Cigarette packages (foil inserts removed)
  • Egg cartons
  • File folders
  • Gift bags (rope removed)
  • Gift wrap (non-metallic)
  • Gift cards
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers and flyers
  • Paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Posters
  • Shredded paper (in a separate blue plastic bag)
  • Sticky notes
  • Telephone books
  • Tissue boxes
  • Toilet paper rolls 

What about organics?

Guelph is unique in that they pick up more than just your waste and recyclables - they also pick up your organic waste! Here's a list of what type of items you should be placing in your green organic bins.

Dairy products

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt

Food scraps

  • Coffee filters and grounds
  • Cooking oils (solidified)
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Herbs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Sugar and spices
  • Tea bags

Fruits

  • Any fruit by-product

Grain Products

  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Rice

Houseplants and flowers (including dried flowers)

Meat and fish including:

  • Bones
  • Fat (solidified)
  • Shellfish
  • Skin

Pet waste (no plastic bags except those with the certified compostable logo)

  • Bedding
  • Feathers
  • Hair
  • Kitty litter
  • Pet food

Vegetables (no elastics)

  • Corn cobs and husks
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkins (in pieces)

Other

  • Ashes
  • Paper heavily soiled with food (plates, muffin cups)
  • Paper tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Sawdust (no wood pieces or pressure treated wood)

Wellington County Waste Bylaw

https://www.wellington.ca/en/residentservices/resources/SolidWasteServicesFacilitiesBylaw454703.pdf

Wellington County Approved Recycling Material

https://www.wellington.ca/en/SWSBlue-Box-Materials.asp

Waterloo Region Garbage and Recycling Rules and Limits

http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/aboutTheEnvironment/garbage-and-recycling-rules-and-limits.asp

News / Articles

Increasing Competition for Guelph's Blue Bin Commodities - https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/3883596-increasing-competition-for-guelph-s-blue-bin-commodities-/

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