Recycling

Blue box recycling

Use at least two blue boxes for curbside recycling, and keep paper and containers (plastic, metal, glass, laminated cups and cartons) separated. 

To ensure your recyclables are collected, please follow the curbside recycling requirements:

  • Place recyclables at the curbside by 7 a.m., but no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before collection day.
  • Empty and rinse containers.
  • Flatten boxes and tie cardboard into bundles no larger than 75 cm X 75 cm X 20 cm (30" X 30" X 8").
  • Place recyclables 1.5 m (5 feet) from your garbage, if possible.
  • The maximum weight of recycling containers is 18 kilograms (40 lbs). 
  • The maximum size of recycling containers is 95 litres.
  • There is no limit to the number of blue boxes you can put out each collection.

The Recycle Coach App can help answer questions about what goes where in our local waste and recycling program.

Report a recycling issue

COVID-19: How you can help collectors

Recycling collection continues as scheduled; however, we are asking residents to take extra pre-cautions.

  • If someone in your household is feeling unwell, do not place items that have contact with the mouth, nose, or eyes in your blue box. Instead, place these items into a bag and then into the garbage. This includes items such as plastic bottles, pop cans and milk or juice containers.
  • Respect physical distancing with sanitation and recycling operators and do not approach the vehicle.
Accepted recyclables​

Help sort it right

Putting non-recyclable items into the recycling bin causes problems at the sorting facility. Please separate your recycling into a blue box for paper products and a blue box for containers. 

Paper products include:
  • Boxboard (i.e. cereal, detergent, cracker and tissue boxes)
  • Cardboard (i.e. clean pizza boxes, packing boxes)
  • Catalogues, magazines, newspaper, and phone books
  • Egg cartons
  • Miscellaneous paper products such as flyers, envelopes and writing paper
Containers include:
  • Paper cups
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Plastic blister packaging
  • Milk and juice cartons, drink boxes, cardboard cans
  • Aluminum and steel containers
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Empty paint cans, aluminum foil and pie plates
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles and tubs with the number 1 through 7 on the bottom of the container
Materials that cannot be recycled

These items do not belong in the blue box or cart.  Please check the Recycle Coach App for information on what to do with them. 

  • Dark coloured paper, construction paper and wrapping paper
  • Ceramics, drinking glasses and dishes
  • Broken glass, plate glass, window glass, light bulbs and mirrors
  • Paper tissues/towels
  • StyrofoamTM (i.e., cups, packaging)
  • Wood
  • Plastic bags (return to your local grocery store)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Propane cylinders
  • Toys
  • Coat hangers, pots and pans
  • Batteries
  • Empty motor oil containers and other household special waste (i.e. pesticides) containers
What to do with glass and sharp objects

Recyclable materials are handled by collection and sorting staff.  Please do not place broken glass and sharp objects in the recycling bin.  Instead, dispose of broken glass and sharp objects by completely sealing the pieces in a cardboard box and label as "Glass" or "Sharp" and set out with your garbage at the curbside. 

If you use garbage chutes, check with your building superintendent before putting sharp object down the chutes. 

My recycling was not collected

Your recycling may not have been collected for a number reasons including:

  • The blue box weighed more than 18 kg (40 lbs)
  • There were a large quantity of non-recyclable materials
  • Paper products and containers were mixed together in the same container
  • Cardboard was not flattened and bundled or contained non-recyclables (e.g., Stryofoam)
  • Your Blue Box was not at the curb by 7 a.m. for collection
  • Your recycling was not in a proper Blue Box. Please do not use oversized cans, cardboard boxes, plastic crates, laundry baskets, or other containers for your recyclables

Report a recycling issue

Get a blue box

Blue boxes can be purchased at an EnviroDepot for $6 each (including tax). There is a limit of two boxes per purchase. Blue boxes can also be purchased at retail stores. If you purchase a blue box at a location other than a City depot, please ensure it is not larger than 95 litres. There is no limit to the number of blue boxes you can put out each collection.

Available for purchase at these locations:  

  • Oxford Street EnviroDepot – 1450 Oxford St. W
  • Clarke Road South EnviroDepot – 28 Clarke Road
  • Clarke Road North EnviroDepot – 21463 Clarke Road, Arva
  • W12A Landfill Site – 3502 Manning Drive

Residents of newly constructed homes are provided two blue boxes at no charge.  Please contact es@london.ca for more information. 

Damaged blue boxes

Blue boxes damaged by collection crews or snow plows will be replaced at no charge.  Report damaged blue boxes by contacting es@london.ca 

Blue cart recycling

Blue carts are used for apartment buildings and some town home complexes.  Residents must take their recyclables to the blue carts, which are emptied once per week. Just like with the curbside residential recycling program, paper products and containers must be separated.  The carts will be labelled to identify what goes where.  If carts are not labelled or overflowing please contact your property managers or building superintendent. 

Large quantities of recyclables may be delivered to any of the City of London EnviroDepots 

How building managers can help:

  • Understand your responsibilities under Ontario Regulation 103/94
  • Make recycling as convenient as possible for your residents.
  • Provide sufficient containers for collection and storage (it is recommended that you have one blue recycling cart for every seven units). For example, if a building has 70 units, then ten blue carts are recommended

  • For small buildings under 15 units, a minimum of two carts is required; one cart is for paper products and the other cart is for containers. 

  • Place blue carts at the set-out point for collection.
  • Ensure that staff and residents are well informed about the recycling requirements

Property owners are responsible for purchasing recycling carts for their buildings. Carts must be compatible with the collection vehicles. The City of London is committed to working with building managers and superintendents to help residents recycle as much as possible.

For more information on the cart subsidy program, pricing and ordering blue carts, and educational materials, please contact Jane Kittmer at jkittmer@london.ca or call 519-661-2489 x 2334

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Recycling for businesses

Curbside recycling is available for businesses located on existing residential collection routes at no charge. 

  • Businesses must place their recyclables at the curbside by 7 a.m.
  • Collection will follow the same schedule as garbage pickup, every 6 business days. 
  • Businesses are limited to ten ‘lifts.’   A lift is one blue box, or one bundle of cardboard, or one see-through bag of recyclables.  Please follow the requirements for blue box recycling noted above. 

To find out if your business qualifies, please contact Will Roberts at wroberts@london.ca or call 519-661-2489 x 7364

Recycling electronics

Recycling electronics is convenient and free

There are more than 20 locations in London, including the City of London EnviroDepots, where residents and businesses can drop-off their old electronics for recycling.  Visit Recycle MY Electronics for a locations.

The City of London does not accept electronics set out for garbage collection.

Donating electronics

Consider donating working electronics through Goodwill Donation CentresSalvation Army Thrift Store, Talize or Value Village 

Renewed Computer Technology accepts computers and peripherals for the Computers for Schools Ontario program. 

Visit Ontario Electronic Stewardship to learn more about the responsible reuse and recycling of waste electronics in Ontario.

 

Last modified:Monday, October 19, 2020