Reycle Bins

Recycling Collection Schedule Map 

Recycling Day Reminders

The following will help ensure your recycling is properly collected:

  • Blue and black boxes must be placed at the curb no earlier than 7:00 pm the day before your collection day and no later than 7:00 am the day of collection, rain or shine. The contractor will pick up your recyclable material.  If you have accidentally discarded something that cannot be recycled, it will be left.

  • Black boxes will not be emptied if items other than recyclable fibre material are present in the box.

  • Blue boxes will not be empited if items other than recyclable cans/plastic/glass as per Chatham-Kent 2-stream recycling program are present in the box.

  • Flatten all large boxboard and cardboard, bundle and tie in dimensions no larger than 75cm x 75cm x 20cm (30”x30”x8”). Place beside black box

  • No need to place cans, plastics or glass into separate plastic bags in the blue box.  It will all be separated at the recycling depot. Please rinse out containers.

  • Excess recyclables that are placed out in containers other than a blue/black box (garbage bag, clear bag, cardboard box, laundry basket, etc.) will not be collected.

  • Rinse all containers to remove all food residue before placing in the recycling box.

  • Blue and black boxes can be obtained from the Civic Centre or any one of the Municipal Centres.

Blue Box Materials

  • Plastic food and beverage containers and tubs with these symbols:

    Recycling Symbols
    Look on the bottom of the container. Remove caps and lids. Flatten to make more room in your blue box.

  • Glass bottles and jars

  • Aluminum and steel cans

  • Aluminum foil containers and foil

Black Box Materials

  • Paper beverage cartons including milk and juice cartons, drink boxes, tetra paks and paper hot beverage cups (excluding lids)

  • Household paper/newspaper, catalogues, books (hard covers removed) and telephone books

  • Paper egg carton and boxboard (cereal boxes, tissue, shoe boxes, etc.)

  • Cardboard boxes. Break down, flatten and tie in bundles no larger than 75cm x 75cm x 20cm and place beside black box

What is Not Recyclable?

  • Foil drink pouches (Koolaid Jammers) aluminum foil lined containers (wine, etc.)

  • Gift wrap paper, waxed soft drink cups

  • Styrofoam and Styrofoam containers

  • Plastic flowerpots, wrap and all bags

  • Waxed boxboard (frozen food packaging)

  • Hard covered books

  • Loose shredded paper

  • Needles, batteries, coat hangers

  • Drinking glasses, broken glass, dishes, cups, light bulbs, pottery, dishes, pans, glass pots, mirrors, window glass

  • Pottery

  • Pots and pans

Recycling Toter Carts

Recycling toter carts are available to all multi-residential (6 or more units), commercial, industrial and institutional properties. They are subsidized by the Municipality at 50%. Please drop-off the Recycling Toter Cart Order Form along with payment to the nearest Municipal Centre.

Apartment Buildings (Multi-Residential)

The owner of any building that contains six or more dwelling units must implement a source separation/recycling program for the waste generated at the building (Ontario Regulation 103/94). This is regulated through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (1-800-387-8826) not Chatham-Kent.

Most multi-residential buildings within the Municipality have private garbage/recycling pick up with a private contractor. They often dispose of their excess refuse in a dumpster(s) located behind their building. Limited municipal curbside garbage and recycling collection is available as per By-Law 119-2005.