Recycling Regulations

Ontario Recycling Regulations

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 -

Guelph Waste Management Bylaw -

Guelph Waste Management Master Plan -

Guelph Approved Recycling Materials


Cartons & Drink Boxes

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


  • Bottles and jars (any color)


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


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


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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

Wellington County Approved Recycling Material

Waterloo Region Garbage and Recycling Rules and Limits

News / Articles

Increasing Competition for Guelph's Blue Bin Commodities -

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