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List of Recyclable Items in Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener-Waterloo is one of the most environmentally friendly regions of Ontario, with many advanced waste removal and recycling pilot programs and initiatives being done every year to test their effectiveness for the rest of the province. Recycling has played an important role in the green initiative in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and will continue to do so in the future. This article will list the many different recyclable items for both residential and commercial services. 


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Residential Recycling

All residential waste, recycling (blue bin), and composting (green bin) programs in Kitchener-Waterloo are handled by the Region of Waterloo's Waste Management department. The following is a list of appropriate items for blue bin recycling in the region:

  • Aluminum foil and trays
  • Books and magazines
  • Boxes - please flatten box prior to disposal and remove any plastic liner inside
  • Cans - aerosol (empty)
  • Cans - aluminum and metal
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Egg cartons
  • Flower pots, trays, and planters
  • Fruit baskets
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Hard plastic packaging
  • Juice boxes and cartons
  • Paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic bags and outer wrap (see section below)
  • Plastic bottles and containers (empty)



Plastic Bags and Outer Wrap Specifics

Acceptable Recyclables - Bags

  • Bread bags (plastic tags are garbage)
  • Bulk  food bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Fruit & vegetable (fresh & frozen) bags
  • Garden bags (soil, mulch)
  • Grocery & retail store bags
  • Milk outer & rinsed inner bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • Salt bags, road & softener (cut off handle)
  • Zippered bags (ziplock, resealable, ONLY if zipper is cut off)





Acceptable Recyclables - Outer Wrap:

(such as those found on packages)

  • Beverage cases
  • Diapers
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels

Do NOT Recycle:

  • NO   Bubble wrap
  • NO   Crinkle bags (pasta, snack or cereal liner bags)
  • NO   Zippers (found on resealable bags such as sandwich bags)
  • NO   Stand-up pouch bags
  • NO   Stretch cling food wrap
  • NO   Wrap or bags that have been in contact with meat, fish or cheese

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 compared to simply throwing everything in the trash. Visit our recycling page to learn more.


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