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.
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:
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
Clamshell containers (cookie/eggshell)
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
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
For information on separating acceptable materials for recycling, please contact us.
Do you have a question or concern? Call Waste & Recycling Services at
519.360.1998 or e-mail