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.
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:
- All plastic bottles with a twist-off top (lids left on), up to 15-litres in size.
- Plastic tubs and lids (yogurt and ice cream type containers), up to 4-litres in size.
- Metal food and beverage containers.
- Glass bottles and jars (metal lids removed and placed in blue box separately).
- Paper milk and juice cartons.
- Empty aerosol cans with lids removed.
- Empty metal paint cans with lids removed.
Place these "papers" loose in a second Blue Box:
- Junk mail and envelopes.
- Catalogues, magazines, paperback books and phone books.
- Newspapers, office paper and computer paper.
- Shredded paper should be placed inside a smaller box, such as a cereal box.
Cardboard and Boxboard
- Fold boxes flat, then tie and bundle the same size as your blue box. Place next to or on top of your blue boxes.
Starting April 8, 2013 new materials can be added to your blue box!
Clear plastic fruit and vegetable containers
Clear molded bakery item trays
Clear cold drink cups and lids
Clear egg cartons
Plastic takeout food containers
Materials Not Collected
- Oversized 15-litre jugs.
- Styrofoam© or paper coffee cups.
- Styrofoam© egg cartons go into the residual waste stream. Fiber cartons go in your green bin.
- Plastic grocery bags (Retailer Take Back Program).
- Nursery plant pots and trays. (Check with your local nursery if they take back nursery plant pots and trays for reuse or recycling.)
- Styrofoam© meat trays.
- Ridged plastic clothes hangers, plastic plates and utensils.
- Plastic watering cans and gas canisters.
- Plastic children's toys.
- Clothing and shoes.
- Pots, pans, metal coat hangers and scrap metal.
- Furnace air filters.
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
www.bagitback.ca for details.
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:
Region of Durham Recycling Centre
4600 Garrard Rd.
905-579-5264 or 1-800-667-5671
Region of Durham Waste Management Facility
Clarington Operations Depot
2320 Taunton Rd.
Town of Ajax
800 Salem Road N.
Township of Scugog
181 Perry St.
Port Perry ON
Township of Uxbridge
51 Toronto St. S.
Miller Waste Systems
1220 Squires Beach Rd.
905-426-4222 or 1-800-461-1582
View Miller Waste Systems Map
Town of Ajax
65 Harwood Ave. S.
With proper care, your blue box should last for many years. Each container is stamped with a production date on the bottom. If your Durham Region issued blue box cracks or breaks from regular wear and tear, bring it to 4600 Garrard Rd. in Whitby, and you will receive another one.
Blue Box Recycling Tips
- All blue box recyclables must be set out at the curb before 7 a.m. on your collection day.
- Do not overload recycling boxes. Purchase additional boxes if needed, or use rigid open-top containers similar in size to a blue box.
- Flatten small cardboard boxes, and place securely in your blue box, or place large, flattened and tied cardboard bundles securely on top or between your blue box.
- Fold all aluminium trays.
- On windy days, put your recycling out for collection in the morning, rather than the night before.
- Stack recycling boxes to prevent paper from blowing away.
- During winter months, please set out blue boxes on cleared portions of your driveway and not on top of snow banks or icy patches.
- Rinse all containers and ensure they are clean and free of grease, liquid or food." and also something to the effect of putting your boxes out when they are full.
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
Residents with concerns regarding the Blue Box program should call the Region of Durham at 905-579-5264 or 1-800-667-5671.