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Curbside Recycling

The latest additions to your Containers Blue Box:

Paper cups, ice cream tubs and plastic blister packages. Please follow these simple steps for adding in the latest additions to your "Container" Blue Box:

  • Paper cups - separate the plastic lid before placing both into the Blue Box
  • Ice cream tubs - rinse please!
  • Rigid plastic packaging - remove the paper inserts to place them in the ‘paper’ Blue Box, and place the clear plastic in 'containers' Blue Box.

Reminder: milk cartons, juice boxes and cardboard cans go in the Containers Blue Box too! 

The Waste Management By-Law (WM-12) (PDF) governs the collection of municipal garbage, recyclables and yard materials.

Curbside recycling requirements

  • 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")
  • Flatten boxes
  • Keep paper products separate from food, drink, and liquid containers in your Blue Boxes
  • Place recyclables 1.5 m (5 feet) from your garbage
  • Maximum weight of recycling containers is 18 kilograms (40 lbs)
  • Maximum size of recycling containers is 95 litres

Where do I find collection dates?

The 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.

Accepted Blue Box materials

London has a 2-stream recycling program.  Please use 1 box for paper products and 1 box for containers.

  • 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: paper cups, ice cream tubs, plastic blister packaging, 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 flyer or here for a poster of acceptable Blue Box items or use our handy online search tool What Goes Where.

Unacceptable Blue Box materials

  • Dark coloured paper, construction paper and wrapping paper
  • Ceramics, drinking glasses and dishes
  • Broken glass, plate glass, window glass, light bulbs and mirrors
  • Paper tissues/towels
  • StyrofoamTM (i.e., cups, packaging)
  • Wood
  • Plastic bags (return to your local grocery store)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Propane cylinders
  • Toys
  • Coat hangers, pots and pans
  • Batteries
  • Empty motor oil containers and other household special waste (i.e. pesticides) containers

Where can I get a Blue Box?

Recycling boxes are available for purchase at City of London EnviroDepots for a cost of $6.00 each (including tax): 

  • Oxford Street EnviroDepot – 1450 Oxford St. W
  • Clarke Road South EnviroDepot – 28 Clarke Road
  • Clarke Road North EnviroDepot – 21463 Clarke Road, Arva
  • W12A Landfill Site – 3502 Manning Drive

There is a limit of two boxes per purchase.  Recycling boxes are 95 litres in size, available in blue (for containers) and grey (for paper).

Residents of newly constructed homes are provided two boxes at no charge.  Contact us at

Blue Boxes that have been damaged by collection crews or snow plows will be replaced at no charge.  Contact us

Retail outlets sell recycling boxes in sizes that may not comply with the City’s collection by-law. For example, recycling cans or large bins on wheels will not be collected.  The maximum capacity of a Blue Box is 95 litres.  The maximum weight for each Blue Box, including the recyclables is 18 kg (40 lbs).  There is no limit to the number of Blue Boxes that will be collected.

Business recycling program

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 a.m.
  • Collection will follow the same schedule as garbage pickup, every 6 business days. 
  • The quantity of recyclables at the curb will be limited to 5 blue boxes and 2 tied bundles of cardboard per collection.

For more information or to find out if your business qualifies for this program, please contact us.

Is there a drop-off depot for Blue Box recyclables?

If you have large quantities of recyclables or have missed your collection day, they can be dropped off at a City of London Depot.

Why was my recycling not collected?

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 had a capacity of less than 45 litres or greater than 95 litres
  • 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
  • the recycling was set-out in an oversized can, cardboard box, plastic crate, laundry basket, etc.

How do I dispose of broken glass or sharp objects?

Completely seal in a cardboard box and label as "Glass" or "Sharp" and set out with your garbage.  Do not put these items in your Blue Box.

Where should I put my recycling for collection in the winter?

Please place Blue Boxes on level ground and near the curb. Do not place on snow banks.

What about other household items that are not accepted at the curb?

For recycling and reuse of other household items, try using our online search tool called "What Goes Where?".  You may also try posting your items on websites such as Kijiji or Freecycle.  Please refer to the Yellow Pages for a full listing of service providers.

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