Blue Box

Blue Box material is collected once every week .

Use Blue Boxes only. Recyclables in plastic bags, cardboard boxes, grocery bins, laundry baskets, milk crates, or garbage/recycling cans (with or without wheels) will not be collected.

Place acceptable materials loose in your Blue Box. Rinse all containers and ensure they are clean. Papers can be bundled and tied or placed loose, but no plastic bags. Find out what items go in your Blue Box.

Acceptable Blue Box Materials

Acceptable Blue Box materials (PDF file)

Blue Box acceptable materials flyer is also available in: French (PDF file), Spanish (PDF file), Polish (PDF file), Punjabi (PDF file), and Simplified Chinese (PDF file).

  • Aluminum foil (aluminum foil, aluminum pie plates & baking trays)
  • Black & clear plastic take-out containers
  • Boxboard (cereal, detergent, tissue boxes, etc.; flatten; liners go in garbage)
  • Boxed beverage containers (Tetra Paks®, juice & soup boxes, gable top containers such as milk & juice cartons)
  • Cardboard cans
  • Clear plastic “clam shell” containers
  • Corrugated cardboard (tie in bundles no larger than 120 cm x 120cm x 120cm (4 ft x 4 ft x 1 ft)
  • Empty metal paint cans (lids removed)
  • Glass bottles & jars (clear or coloured, food & beverage glass containers)
  • Magazines & Books (hard & soft covered books)
  • Metal food & beverage containers (including lids)
  • Plastic bottles (beverage, soap, shampoo, cleaning bottles, laundry detergent jugs); plastic bottle caps go in the garbage
  • Plastic tubs & lids (cottage cheese, cream cheese, dips, margarine, thermoformed containers, yogurt tubs & lids); maximum size 4 litres (1 gallon)
  • Plastic plant pots & trays
  • Plastic plates, cups & coffee cup lids (no cutlery)
  • Newspapers & flyers
  • Single-serve plastic food containers (no film or foil)

Not Accepted (these items go in the Garbage)

  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Plastic cutlery (including plastic "compostable" cutlery)
  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic wrap and bubble wrap
  • Plastic bags, baggies, & liner bags (cereal bags)
  • Styrofoam
  • Wrapping paper, ribbons & bows
  • Juice or drinking pouches
  • Garden hoses
  • Ceramics & drinking glasses
  • Window glass
  • Hangers (metal, plastic, wood)
  • Light bulbs (not CFLs)
  • Wooden food crates
  • Disposable furnace filters

Put Waste In Its Place

Do you know how to properly dispose of your waste? Type the name of an item and we'll tell you how. A lot of your waste can be diverted from Halton's landfill.