Single stream recycling allows you to mix your paper and container items in one recycling box.
What goes in your Blue Box?
Where can I get a Blue Box?
Additional Blue Boxes may be purchased at various locations in Peel, or bring in your broken blue box for a replacement.
Blue Box Recycling Tips
- Consider using transparent (clear or tinted blue) plastic bags for your recyclable materials
- Don’t overload your recycling boxes. Save space by:
- flattening plastic bottles and beverage cartons
- folding aluminum trays
- flattening small cardboard boxes
- Stack recycling boxes to prevent lighter items from blowing away
- Place heavier items on top of lighter items
- Place all plastic bags in one tied plastic bag
- Place large flattened cardboard securely underneath or between your recycling boxes, or place flattened cardboard inside one cardboard box
- Put your recycling boxes out for collection in the morning rather than the night before collection day
Thank you for keeping your neighbourhood clean.
Important Collection Reminder
Recyclable items placed in garbage, grocery or shopping bags will NOT be collected. Only transparent (clear or tinted blue) plastic bags are accepted.
Recycling Bags - Another Option
If you have more Blue Box items than your recycling boxes can handle, place the additional items in a transparent (clear or tinted blue) plastic bag. Place the bag on top of, or beside, your recycling boxes.
Reminder - The bag you use may not be larger than 66 cm (26 in.) wide and 90 cm (36 in.) in height and cannot exceed a weight of 20 kg (44 lb.)
Recycling goes beyond household collection. Download a recycling poster (PDF 1 MB, 1 page) designed for elementary and high schools that highlights common waste items and what should – and shouldn’t – be disposed of in recycling containers.
Interested in finding out more about recycling in Peel schools? This Waste Management Initiative Information, (PDF 306 KB, 2 pages) compiled in partnership with the Region of Peel, Peel District and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), provides Peel teachers with important information about the various waste management initiatives in the school community.
Nine recycled 2-litre pop bottles can be turned into one XL polyester t-shirt.
It takes 240 recycled plastic jugs to make one plastic Muskoka chair
Fibres from recycled milk and juice cartons can be used to make tissues, paper towels, paper bags, and office supplies
What Happens to Your Recyclables?
Once your recyclable items are collected, they are processed at Peel's new Integrated Waste Management Facility, located on Torbram Road just south of Highway 407.
This new facility, one of the largest in Canada, is equipped with the latest sorting technology that can separate your recyclable materials right at the plant. It lets us do the work for you.