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Frequently Asked Questions

Blue Box Related Questions

What can I recycle and how do I get a Blue Box?

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)
  • Clear plastic food containers including take out drink cups, clam shells, and domed take-out containers.

Styrofoam or paper coffee cups, 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.

For more information on recycling see our Blue Box Recycling page or visit the Stewardship Ontario website.

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.

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