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The City of Cornwall collects recyclables on a weekly basis. For residential properties, recycling is collected on the same day as garbage.



Don't be late

Set out garbage and recyclables at the curb after 7 pm the night before or prior to 7 am on your collection day.

Need another box?

Blue boxes may be purchased at City Hall, 360 Pitt Street at a cost of $5.80 (tax included).

Acceptable recycling containers

Blue boxes, black boxes or clear or blue bags.

Keep your cardboard separate!

Residents are asked to flatten cardboard and set it beside their recycling container in tied bundles no more than 3 feet high, 3 feet wide and 12 inches thick. Alternatively, flattened cardboard pieces can also be placed in an open cardboard box no larger than 2.5 feet high, 2.5 feet wide and 2.5 feet deep.

Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Items

Please review the following list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials for recycling.

Please note that paper cups (such as Tim Hortons cups) and polycoat products (such as milk and juice cartons, gable top containers, Tetra Pak juice boxes and frozen juice containers) are now accepted for recycling.


 Acceptable Non-Acceptable 
Clear and coloured food and beverage bottles, jars and containers. Dishes, porcelain and ceramics, window panes, light bulbs or mirrors.
Aluminum and steel food and beverage bottles and containers, foil and plates, empty aerosol cans and dry empty paint cans (recycle lids separately). Aluminum foil with food scraps, laminated foil, takeout food lids, candy and cigarette wrapping, metalized chip bags, scrap metal, small appliances, full and partially full aerosols should be treated as hazardous waste.
Bottles, jugs, tubs, lids and rigid packaging and containers from food, beverage and household products (ie shampoo, yogurt, margarine, ice cream, clear shells, trays and BBQ chicken containers (#1 through #7). Styrofoam cups or packaging, film, bags, laminated packaging, toys, hoses, durable plastic products, seed trays, plant and garden packaging (please return to local nursery).
Paper cups, fine paper, bills, flyers, envelopes, newsprint, magazines, boxboard, paperback books, egg cartons, kraft, phone books, rolls, brochures and polycoat containers (ie milk and juice cartons, gable top, Tetra Pak and frozen juice containers). Tissue, paper towels, napkins, waxed paper, laminated, lined and metallic paper, contaminated paper and the hard cover on books (please remove).



Top 10 Blue Box No-No's

 The following items don't belong in your blue box:

1. Non acceptable plastics: styrofoam, plastic bags, film and other unmarked plastics, including plastic strapping, toys, vinyl siding, plastic pipes, pails with metal handles, cassette tapes with tapes still in them, foam cups, packing peanuts or packaging.

2. Non acceptable glass: light bulbs, window glass, mirror glass, dishes and ceramics. Broken glass is dangerous for collection workers. For safety's sake, place in a sealed box labelled "Broken Glass."

3. Non acceptable metals: aluminum siding, metal strapping, bicycle chain, tent poles, eavestrough, metal piping, scrap metal, pots and pans, utensils, small household appliances (curling irons, haird dryers, toasters, kettles) and coat hangers.

4. Waste electronics: VCRs, cell phones, computers, TV, radios, etc. Go to for safe disposal options. Electronic waste is also accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days organized by the City. For more info, please click here.

5. Sharp items: needles, knives, saw blades, pizza cutters and blood glucose monitors. Sharp items should be properly packaged before proper disposal in the garbage. Needles and other biomedical wastes can be returned to your pharmacy. The Medi Drop program offers a safe place for residents to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medication. Needle drop boxes have also been placed next to the Medi Drop box locations to provide residents with a safe way to dispose of injection needles. For more info on Medi Drop, please click here.

6. Garden hoses

7. Furnace filters

8. Wooden orange and other fruit crates

9. Used feminine products, diapers, cat litter and dog feces

10. Hazardous waste: motor oil, paint and pesticides and full or partially full aerosol cans. The City offers a series of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days throughout the year. For more information, please click here.



Contact Us

For additional information, please call (613) 937-1777.

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