What is Recyclable?

Please refer to the recycling guide on the back cover of your Residential Recycling and Waste Collection Calendar or under downloads for further details.

Your blue and black box 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.

If you have excess fibre material that will not fit inside the black box, one separate loosely tied grocery style bag may be used, but only in conjunction with a black box.  Excess cans, plastics and glass cannot be placed in a grocery style bag.  Residents should consider an additional blue box if this occurs on a regular basis.  Utilizing a clothes hamper or cardboard box for recyclable material is not permitted and will not be emptied.

Blue and black boxes can be obtained free of charge by residents only from the Civic Centre or any one of the Municipal Centres.

If you have any questions about your recycling program or how to prepare your materials, please e-mail ckwaste@chatham-kent.ca or call 519.360.1998.

What is Not Recyclable?


If you would like to recycle your rechargeable batteries, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) can help you. Rechargeable batteries are usually found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys.

The RBRC recycles the following battery chemistries: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb).  Please see the link to the RBRC organization or the do what you can website for drop-off locations in our area.

Unfortunately, batteries are not recyclable through curbside collection.

Syringes/Needles and Sharps

Syringes/needles and sharps CANNOT be recycled in blue boxes and cannot be placed in your garbage.  It is a health and safety issue for collection crews.  Please see the needle exchange program or the household hazardous waste day event for disposal options.

E-Waste (Computer Equipment/Cell Phones/TV's)

All transfer stations accept electronic waste for recycling. For a list of locations that are accepting e-waste contact Chatham-Kent Recycling at 519.682.9037 or a Goodwill Attended Donation Centre at 519.351.9486 or 510.627.9354 (Wallaceburg) for further details.

Empty Propane Cylinders

Empty propane cylinders (20-30 pounds) may be taken to a Transfer Station or anywhere that sells propane tanks.

No Transfer Station accepts paint – paint will be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Day event held in September.