The city of Guelph is one of the more environmentally cautious areas across Ontario. The municipality implements curbside collection for residences but also implements waste reduction programs for organic waste and recyclables as well. Household waste must be organized into 3 separate bins: a green bin for organics, a blue bin for recyclables, and a gray bin for any trash to be sent to a landfill. On this page, you'll find a list of the items that can be recycled in Guelph, as well as a list of items that belong in the organic bin.
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Most common recyclable items are accepted by the municipality of Guelph, which means that most paper, plastic, glass, and metal products are able to be picked up at curbside which is great for the environment. Here's a more detailed list of what you should be recycling. Remember to always put these items in your blue bin! As an extra tip, it's much easier to recycle if you separate as you go rather than wait until your waste bin is full first.
Cartons & Drink Boxes
Ice cream containers
Polycoat (milk cartons)
Tetra Paks (juice boxes)
Bottles and jars (any color)
Aluminum (foil and pie plates)
Paint cans (empty and dry)
Steel cans (soup and tuna)
Bottles and containers (all numbers)
Medicine bottles (nonprescription)
Plant pots, trays, and flats
Tubs and lids from food containers
Books (hard covers removed)
Calendars (spiral removed)
Envelopes (including window envelopes)
Cigarette packages (foil inserts removed)
Gift bags (rope removed)
Gift wrap (non-metallic)
Newspapers and flyers
Shredded paper (in a separate blue plastic bag)
Toilet paper rolls
If you're a member of a business in the Guelph area click here to learn about how we can help you with your recycling services.
What about organics?
Guelph is unique in that they pick up more than just your waste and recyclables - they also pick up your organic waste! Here's a list of what type of items you should be placing in your green organic bins.
Coffee filters and grounds
Cooking oils (solidified)
Eggs and eggshells
Nuts and seeds
Sugar and spices
Any fruit byproduct
Houseplants and flowers (including dried flowers)
Meat and fish including:
Pet waste (no plastic bags except those with
the certified compostable logo)
Vegetables (no elastics)
Corn cobs and husks
Pumpkins (in pieces)
Paper heavily soiled with food (plates,muffin cups)
Sawdust (no wood pieces or pressure treated wood)
If you're a member of a business in the Guelph area click here to learn about how we can help you with your organic/compost program.
Recycling for Businesses, Organizations, Institutions, and Apartments
Commercial entities such as businesses, organizations, institutions, and apartment buildings are responsible for their own waste removal needs. Panda Environmental works with those commercial entities to provide effective and efficient waste management services. Contact your waste removal provider to learn more about recycling with them. Recycling can decrease your waste removal costs from those incurred by simply throwing everything in the trash. Visit our recycling page to learn more.
For more information call 1-800-745-4140 or contact us for a quote today.