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Blue Box RecyclingWhat Goes Where Guide [PDF]

Blue Boxes are collected every week on the same day as your Green Bin. Blue Boxes and other material for recycling should be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection, and not earlier than 6 p.m. on the night preceding collection. Any material not collected must be removed from the curb by the homeowner.

When placing Blue Boxes out for collection, Please Remember:
All recyclable materials can be mixed in the same Blue Box, you do not need to sort your recyclable material, the new Regional Recycling Plant will take care of the rest. We ask that corrugated cardboard continue to be put out in a bundle on the side. Flatten cardboard and tie in bundles that should be no larger than 60 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm. Place bundles next to your Blue Box.

Blue Box Recycling
Supersized Blue BoxThe Town of Richmond Hill has expanded the Blue Box program in an effort to divert more waste from landfill. Every bit we recycle helps us reach our goal of diverting 70 per cent of waste away from landfill. The changes have allowed for more material to be recycled; while being easier and simpler to do.

You can recycle more plastic food containers (including tubs and clamshell packaging), metal food containers (including aluminum foil), empty paint (lids removed) and aerosol cans and plastic jugs. Acceptable plastics are any rigid containers with a recycling code of #1-7 up to one gallon in size, including rigid plastic food and household cleaning product containers. Please no Styrofoam, plastic wrap or plastic bags. 

Blue Boxes are available for $10 each at the Operations Centre, 1200 Elgin Mills Road East, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Blue Boxes can also be purchased at the Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre.

Please note:  Shredded Paper cannot be collected with recycling. Due to operational issues at the York Regional Material Recycling Facility, which sorts all of the Town's Blue Box material, shredded paper has become a problem. The paper strips get caught in sorting machinery and cannot be recycled properly.  As a result, shredded paper should be placed in a bag and placed within your Green Bin. Please continue to recycle whole sheets of paper and envelopes and shred only those documents that are necessary for your privacy. 
 
For more information, call (905) 771-8800.
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