What Goes Where?

Find out how to properly dispose of your items below.  If you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, reach out!  For printable guides and service brochures, please visit the Sorting Guides and Signage page.

We accept food scraps, soiled paper, and plants in the green composting cart. Only bio-plastics labeled “compostable” and displaying a green or brown stripe may be placed in your green cart. Contact us to change the size of any of your carts.

Accepted Composting Materials
Unaccepted Compost Materials
Food Scraps

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruit, including pits
  • Meat, including bones
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables

Soiled Paper

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper cups (including chain store coffee cups) and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Paper bags, napkins and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Paper tea bags
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Wine corks

  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings
  • Animal waste
  • Concrete, asphalt, stones, sod, dirt and bricks
  • Cooking oil
  • Diapers
  • Juice or soy milk boxes with foil liner
  • Liquids and ice
  • Recyclables (glass, aluminium, paper, plastics 1-7)
  • Palm fronds
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic corks
  • Plywood
  • Styrofoam packaging, food containers and packing peanuts
  • Treated and painted wood

Accepted Recycling Materials Unaccepted Recyclables
Metal (no liquids or food)

  • Aluminium cans
  • Aluminium foil and trays
  • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel/tin cans
  • Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
  • Aerosol cans (must be empty)
  • Steel (tin) cans

Plastic (no plastic bags, wrappers or Styrofoam)

  • Coffee cup lids
  • Plastic bottles and caps, tubs and lids, cups and containers, including clamshells, numbered 1-7
  • Plastic buckets
Paper (clean, dry and unsoiled)

  • Bags (paper only, no plastic)
  • Cardboard (non-waxed)
  • Catalogues
  • Computer and office paper (all colors)
  • Egg cartons (cardboard)
  • Envelopes and junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Packing or craft paper
  • Phonebooks and soft cover books
  • Sticky note paper
  • Shredded paper (in a folded paper bag labelled “shredded paper” and placed inside your blue
  • Recycle cart)
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic)

Glass (no liquids or food)

  • Glass bottles and jars only (metal caps and lids too)
  • Automotive parts and products
  • Batteries and cell phones
  • Black plastics and plastic cutlery
  • Diapers
  • Drinking glasses
  • Flower and Nursery pots
  • Food
  • Garbage
  • Garden Hoses
  • Hazardous waste
  • Juice, soup or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Light bulbs (Incandescents, Fluorescents, and HIDs)
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic corks
  • Plastic and wire hangers
  • Plastic film, shrink wrap, pallet wrap and bubble wrap
  • Soiled paper (paper cups, plates, napkins, towels, take-out boxes
    and greasy pizza boxes)
  • Styrofoam packaging, food containers and packing peanuts
  • Waxed Cardboard or
  • Paper
  • Window glass

Few things, once they are used, are actually trash. Among such things are non-recyclable plastics and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled.

Accepted Trash Items Unaccepted Trash Items
  • Cat litter and animal feces (bagged)
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Cigarette Butts (extinguished – run under water prior to disposal)
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Incandescent light bulbs (no fluorescents or HIDs)
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Mylar (shiny metal) bags (potato chips, candy bars, balloons, etc)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plastic bags, wrappers and film (not labeled “Compostable”)
  • Plastic items mixed with metal, fabric or rubber
  • Plastic labeled “Biodegradable” only
  • Rubber bands
  • Six-pack ring holder – please cut up
  • Sponges
  • Styrofoam
  • Twist Ties
  • Wood – small pieces of plywood, press board, and painted or stained wood
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Construction debris
  • Cooking oil and grease
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent or HID light bulbs
  • Food scraps, soiled paper or yard trimmings
  • Household hazardous waste or chemicals
  • Large items (furniture, metal, plastic, wood)
  • Liquids or ice
  • Motor oil
  • Needles or syringes
  • Paint
  • Recyclable cardboard, glass, metal, paper or plastic
  • Toys with electronics or batteries

It is illegal to put items such as electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, pesticides, and other chemicals in the trash. When household hazardous wastes end up in a landfill, they can cause serious threats to humans, wildlife and the environment.