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Holiday sorting tip

Real Christmas trees and wreaths are collected from the curb on select days in January. Remove all decorations before placing your tree out for collection.

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Holiday sorting tip

Bring artificial Christmas trees and string lights to a Community Recycling Centre. They don’t belong in the recycling or garbage.

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Holiday sorting tip

Drop off used Christmas tree ornaments and tinsel at a Community Recycling Centre.

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Holiday sorting tip

Throw used gift cards into the garbage or reload the card to give away as a gift.

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Holiday sorting tip

Metallic wrapping paper belongs in the garbage. Non-metallic wrapping paper and gift tissue paper belong in the recycling.

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Holiday sorting tip

Got a gift bag? If your bag is non-metallic, be sure to remove the rope before recycling. Recycle non-metallic gift bags.

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Holiday sorting tip

Throw ribbons and bows in the garbage or reuse them to reduce waste.

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Holiday sorting tip

Used candles and candle wax go into the garbage.

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Holiday sorting tip

Cleaning up after a holiday party? Scrape your plate or put food scraps into your organics kitchen container.

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Holiday sorting tip

Glass bottles go into the recycling. Remove the bottle caps and put them in the garbage.

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Holiday sorting tip

Flatten and bundle large cardboard boxes and place them beside your blue bin.

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Holiday sorting tip

Packaging peanuts and bubble wrap are not recyclable. Put them into the garbage.

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Quick guide

Recycling

Accepted

Polystyrene foam packaging

Plastic food packaging

Plastic bottles, jugs, and jars (place caps in the garbage)

Printed papers, newspaper, and envelopes

Cardboard cartons

Beverage cartons and juice boxes

Glass bottles and jars (place caps in the garbage)

Metal food and beverage cans

Empty aerosol and metal paint cans

Aluminum plates and trays

Flattened cardboard and clean pizza boxes

Not accepted: Shredded paper, propane cylinders, batteries, and coffee cups

Organics

Accepted

Cotton balls, facial tissue, paper towels, and toilet paper rolls

Paper grocery and takeout bags

Baked goods, cereal, flour, grains, pasta, rice, and nuts

Dairy products, eggs, and eggshells

Bones, meat, and fish (raw and cooked)

Cooking oil, grease, and sauces

Vegetables

Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags, and loose tea

Greasy pizza boxes, and microwave popcorn bags

Fruit

Shredded paper

Not accepted: Plastic bag liners, glass, plastic items, and metal

Community Recycling Centres

Accepted

Renovation, construction, or demolition materials

Electronics (Television, vacuum, DVD players, blenders, or toaster ovens)

Sharps, needles, or lancets

Clothing and textiles (non-soiled)

Soil (small household amounts)

Paint and stain cans, household cleaners, and used aerosol cans (hazardous waste)

Large appliances (stoves, fridges, dishwashers)

Propane and helium cylinders

Not accepted: Tires or shredded paper