Blue Box Recycling

Curbside Blue Box Recycling

More than 200,000 units in Durham Region participate in the Region's curbside Blue Box recycling program. This includes single family homes or apartment buildings with less than six units (in Whitby and Oshawa 12 units and under), or small businesses receiving municipal garbage collection.

Please check your residential waste collection calendar for recycling collection dates in your area.

Materials Collected

Place these items in your blue box

The Region of Durham has a two-stream recycling program currently in place (containers and paper fibres) which must be separated with two recycling containers. Materials set-out at the curb for collection will be delivered to the Region's Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for processing.

Empty, rinse and place these "containers" loose in one Blue Box:

Place these "papers" loose in a second Blue Box:

Cardboard and Boxboard

Not sure where it goes? Know before you throw.

Materials Not Collected

Do not place these items in your blue box

Note: Recyclable bottles and jars with food or liquid remaining cause sorting difficulties at the recycling facility. Please empty and rinse out these items before putting them in the blue box.

Bag it Back Program

The Ontario Deposit Return Program has one simple goal: to help protect the environment. While the Blue Box has been and continues to be an effective method of recovering recyclable material, the Ontario Deposit Return program boosts recovery rates to an even higher level. All you have to do is bring your empty eligible wine, beer and spirit containers to The Beer Store (or other designated Bulk Return Locations) to claim a full refund of your deposit. Visit for details.

Additional Blue Boxes

Residents are encouraged to use two or more blue boxes to separate their recyclable material: one for papers and newspapers and the second one for containers. Additional 16-gallon blue boxes are available for sale at a cost of $6 each from the following locations:

Replacement Blue Boxes

With proper care, your blue box should last for many years. If your blue box cracks or breaks from regular wear and tear, bring it to 4600 Garrard Rd. (Hours of Operation Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in Whitby, and you will receive another one.

Some municipal locations may offer exchanges for broken blue boxes. Please contact your municipal location for details.

Blue Box Recycling Tips

Please use an approved size blue box 83 litres (22 gallons) or less. Large oversized containers (some with wheels) are frequently over the weight limit of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) and pose a health and safety risk to our contractors

Blue Box Collection Concerns

Residents with concerns regarding the Blue Box program should call the Region of Durham at 905-579-5264 or 1-800-667-5671.