Your commitment to recycling is making a big difference. Working together we've redirected 50% of waste from landfill. You can help by avoiding this common recycling mistake.
Don't put your recycling in plastic shopping bags.
Take the extra step to empty your tubs, containers, bottles and jars.
We cannot separate food from containers at our recycling facility. Containers with food or liquids in them can't be recycled and get sent to landfill as garbage.
Food and liquid left in these containers can transfer onto other recyclables such as paper and cardboard, making them difficult to recycle.
If you live in an apartment or condominium where organics isn't collected, put unused food in the garbage.
It’s okay to keep things loose
It’s better to put recyclables loose in your recycling cart. Recyclable items don’t need to be bagged. If you live in an apartment or condo put recyclable items loose in your building's recycling bins.
Don’t put your recyclable items in plastic shopping bags. Plastic shopping bags are too small for our bag-breaker to rip open, and our waste-sorting machines move fast. They can’t catch each and every bag, so plastic shopping bags filled with recyclables go straight to landfill.
Find Out How to Sort Common Waste Items
If you're not sure how to properly dispose of a particular item, you can use the waste sorter. It has hundreds of items and instructions about what to do with each of them.
Click on the following for a complete list of items