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Recycling programs in Apartments and Townhouses

Recycling collection for multi-residential units are centralized at convenient locations in the buildings or complexes. Like the Blue Box curbside recycling program, material is sorted into the blue "cart/bin" designated by PAPER and CONTAINERS found in the recycling areas. Some larger buildings have an additional bin for CARDBOARD and BOXBOARD. Separating the material into the right bin ensures that it can be better managed.

All recyclable material is brought to the Durham Region Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Whitby for sorting and bailing. Learn more about the Durham Region Material Recycling Facility.

Acceptable Recyling Materials

The Region of Durham has a two-stream recycling program currently in place (containers and paper fibres). Items must be separated into the designated recycling bins.

Recyling bins

Empty, rinse and place these "containers" in the Containers Cart/Bin:

  • All plastic bottles with a twist-off top (lids left on), up to 20-litres in size.
  • Plastic tubs and lids (yogurt and ice cream type containers), up to 20-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 paint cans with lids removed.
  • Clear plastic fruit and vegetable containers.
  • Clear molded bakery item trays.
  • Clear cold drink cups and lids.
  • Clear egg cartons.
  • Plastic takeout food containers.

Important Notice:
Recyclable plastic containers with residual food or beverage left in the container cannot be recycled in the automated recycling process and will be sent for disposal.

Please empty all containers before placing them in your reusable recycling bag or into the designated recycling cart/bin.

Place these "papers/fibres" in the Paper Bin/Cart:

  • Mail and envelopes.
  • Flyers
  • Catalogues, magazines, paperback books and phone books.
  • Newspapers, office paper and computer paper.
  • Shredded paper.
  • Cards and envelopes.
  • Gift wrap (no foil or cellophane).
  • Kraft paper bags and wrapping.
  • Folded and flattened boxes including cereal, cracker, shoe, toothpaste, detergent, gift and tissue boxes, toilet and paper towel rolls, etc.
  • Pizza boxes, paper packaging and packing cartons.

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