Frequently Asked Questions About Curbside Recycling
Waste Management By-Law (WM-12) (PDF) governs the collection of municipal garbage, recyclables and yard materials.
Set your recyclables at the curbside by 7 a.m.,
but no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before
Empty and rinse all containers
Flatten and tie cardboard into bundles no larger
than 75 cm X 75 cm X 20 cm (30" X 30" X 8")
Keep paper products separate from food, drink, and
liquid containers in your Blue Boxes
Place recyclables 1.5 m (5 feet) from your
Maximum weight of recycling containers is 18
kilograms (40 lbs)
Waste Reduction & Conservation Calendar
contains the scheduled dates for garbage and recycling collection, the scheduled
weeks for yard materials and leaf collection and the days that the Household
Special Waste Depot is open.
- Paper Products: boxboard (i.e. cereal, detergent, cracker and tissue boxes); cardboard (i.e. clean pizza boxes, packing boxes); catalogues, magazines, newspaper, phone books, egg cartons and miscellaneous paper products such as flyers, envelopes and writing paper.
- Containers: food, beverage and liquid containers;
milk & juice cartons, drink boxes, cardboard cans (i.e. spiral wound
containers), aluminum and steel containers, empty aerosol cans, empty paint
cans, aluminum foil and pie plates, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles and tubs with the number 1
through 7 on the bottom of the container.
- Click here for a poster
of the acceptable blue box items.
||dark coloured paper
|waxed coffee and beverage cups/lids
||plate glass, broken glass
||StyrofoamTM (i.e., cups, packaging)
||waxed or foil coated paper
plastic bags (return to your local grocery store)
If in doubt, check it out by calling 519 661-5803.
Blue boxes may be purchased at retail outlets such as hardware stores. The City of London does not sell blue boxes or provide replacement blue boxes.
Curbside recycling is available to businesses located on existing residential
collection routes at no charge. The following guidelines apply:
Businesses must be able to place their
recyclables at the curbside by 7 am
Collection will follow the same schedule as garbage pickup, every 6
Click here to
obtain a collection schedule.
The quantity of recyclables at the curb will be limited to 5 blue boxes
and 2 tied bundles of cardboard per collection.
Participating businesses will be required to follow the
guidelines for setting recyclables to the curb.
For more information contact Jana Clayton at 519 661-2500 ext. 5419 or .
If you have large quantities of recyclables or have missed your collection day,
they can be dropped off at an accepted
City of London Depot
Your recycling may not have been collected for a number reasons including:
the blue box or bag weighed more than 18 kg (40 lbs)
the blue box or bag had a large quantity of non-recyclable materials
the paper products and containers were mixed
together in the same container
the cardboard was not flattened and bundled
food, drink and liquid containers were set out in grocery bags
the blue box or bag was not at the curb by 7 a.m. for collection
Completely seal in a cardboard box and label as
or "Sharp" and set out with your garbage. Do not put these items in your
Please place Blue
Boxes on level ground and near the curb. Do not place on snow banks.
For recycling and reuse of other household items, please see our
flyer (PDF) for a few suggestions. You may also try posting your items
on websites such as kijiji. Please refer to the Yellow Pages
for a full listing of service providers.
If you require more information, please contact us at 519 661-5803 during business hours or by .