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List of Recyclable Items in Guelph


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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Residential Recycling


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)
  • Pop cans
  • Steel cans (soup and tuna) 


  • Bottles and containers (all numbers)
  • Detergent bottles
  • Laundry hampers
  • Medicine bottles (nonprescription)
  • Plant pots, trays, and flats
  • Tubs and lids from food containers


  • Books (hard covers removed)
  • Boxboard
  • Bristol board
  • Calendars (spiral removed)
  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes (including window envelopes)
  • Cigarette packages (foil inserts removed)
  • Egg cartons
  • File folders
  • Gift bags (rope removed)
  • Gift wrap (non-metallic)
  • Gift cards
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers and flyers
  • Paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Posters
  • Shredded paper (in a separate blue plastic bag)
  • Sticky notes
  • Telephone books
  • Tissue boxes
  • 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.


Dairy products

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt

Food scraps

  • Coffee filters and grounds
  • Cooking oils (solidified)
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Herbs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Sugar and spices
  • Tea bags


  • Any fruit byproduct

Grain Products

  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Rice

Houseplants and flowers (including dried flowers)


Meat and fish including:

  • Bones
  • Fat (solidified)
  • Shellfish
  • Skin

Pet waste (no plastic bags except those with

the certified compostable logo)

  • Bedding
  • Feathers
  • Hair
  • Kitty litter
  • Pet food

Vegetables (no elastics)

  • Corn cobs and husks
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkins (in pieces)


  • Ashes
  • Paper heavily soiled with food (plates,muffin cups)
  • Paper tissues
  • Paper towels
  • 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.


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