Given the Council approved rebate changes and fee increases for Garbage Bins effective April 1, 2015, it's time to think about how you can recycle more and upsize your Blue Bin. Then, you can downsize your Garbage Bin and your fee. About 75% of single family customers still use medium, large or extra large sized Garbage Bins. When you recycle more, you set out less garbage. Make sure you pick bin sizes that best fit your needs. To exchange your bin, simply make an online Service Request or call 311.
Solid Waste has a new educational campaign to encourage residents in apartments and condos to recycle more.
Want to become a recycling ambassador for your building?
The City's Blue Bin recycling program is not able to accept coffee cup pod and disc products. The processing equipment cannot identify, sort and separate the discs/pods from other recyclables. This results in contamination of marketable recyclable materials that are a valuable revenue source. Those residents using Tassimo discs may wish to participate in the company's customized recycling program unique to their products - Tassimo Brigade.
Propane tanks or canisters of any size - small camping canisters, small and large BBQ tanks and helium tanks - should never be put in with your recycling or garbage and must be disposed of properly. Even when empty, these tanks are considered dangerous hazardous waste.
Beverage and food containers
Rinse clean and recycle
- Clamshell containers (hinged, clear plastic containers used for food items such as berries and take-out)
- Clear fruit and vegetable containers
- Clear take-out food containers
- Clear molded bakery item trays, egg cartons
- Disposable plastic plates and glasses (black plastic items are garbage)
- Cold beverage cups/lids
- Plastic bottles and jugs (lids on)
- Milk/juice cartons and boxes (put plastic tops and straws in garbage)
- Glass bottles and jars (lids on)
- Aluminum cans
- Plastic food jars, tubs and lids (e.g. margarine, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream containers)
- Metal cans (place metal lid inside can and pinch closed - if lid is plastic, recycle loose)
- Cardboard cans (e.g. frozen juice, refrigerated dough, chips, nuts, powdered drink mix — put plastic pull-off strips in garbage; place metal ends inside cardboard can and pinch closed)
- Aluminum trays, burner liners, pie plates and roasting pans
Home and personal product containers
Rinse clean and recycle