Frequently Asked Questions
Blue Box Related Questions
The Region of Durham collects the following materials weekly on your regular collection day in the Blue Box Program:
In one bin place “paper” materials loose:
- Newspapers and their Inserts
- Mixed household papers (office paper, junk mail, computer paper, envelopes)
- Telephone books, magazines, catalogues, paperback books
- Corrugated cardboard (may be tied and bundled and set out separately about the same size of a blue box)
- Boxboard (shoe, tissue, cereal, detergent boxes and paper towel rolls)
- Shredded paper should be placed inside a small box
Empty, rinse and place the following “containers” loose in a second bin:
- Glass bottles and jars (remove metal lids and place in blue box separately)
- Metal food and beverage cans
- Aluminum pie plates
- All plastic bottles with a twist-off top (up to 15- litres in size, lids left on)
- Milk, juice, and drink cartons
- Empty aerosol cans
- Empty paint cans, lids removed
- Plastic tubs and lids (yogurt, margarine, ice cream tubs, etc. up to 4-litres in size)
Plastic muffin and berry clam shells, take out containers, Styrofoam or paper coffee cups, plastic egg cartons, nursery plant pots and trays are not accepted in the Region’s curbside Blue Box Program
Once your recyclables are collected they are delivered to the Region’s Material Recovery Facility, where they are sorted, baled, and then sold to industrial buyers.
Additional or replacement Blue Boxes are available during regular business hours from the Durham Region Waste Management Centre.
For more information on obtaining additional Blue Boxes call the Region's Recycling Centre at 905-579-5264, or 1-800-667-5671.
New residents to the Region can fill out the New Resident form to receive their Blue Box and Green Bin starter kits.