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Apartment building recycling

Multi-Residential Recycling


How is multi-residential recycling different from curbside recycling?

The main difference is that blue carts are used instead of blue boxes and residents must carry their recyclables to the carts.  Carts may be located inside the building or outside at a depot and are emptied once each week. Otherwise the recycling program is the same. The City of London has a two-stream recycling program. Please keep these two streams separate.

What materials can be recycled?

  • 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, plastic bottles and tubs with the number 1 through 7 on the bottom of the container, ice cream tubs, paper cups (e.g. coffee & takeout beverage cups), clear rigid packaging (e.g. difficult to open packaging around toys, batteries, etc.)

Is there a depot where I can take extra recyclables?

Large quantities of recyclables may be delivered to any of the City of London Depots that accept these materials.

Building Managers and Superintendents

Why recycle more?

With your help, residents in your building can:

  • reduce the amount of garbage sent to the landfill (potentially reducing garbage fees)
  • conserve natural resources
  • incorporate other waste reduction and reuse habits the daily lives of your residents

Since the city's program began in 1999, more than 25,000 tonnes have been recycled just from London's multi-residential buildings. 

The City of London - Our Commitment

At the City of London we are committed to working with you to find solutions to recycle more.  To assist with this goal, we are excited to offer program features such as a cart subsidy program, new promotion and education materials, and outreach activities.  We are committed to working with residents to reduce, reuse, and recycle more with the goal of continuously reducing the amount of garbage produced in your building.

Roles and responsibilities

Here is a checklist of your roles and responsibilities:

  • Understand the responsibilities under Ontario Regulation 103/94
  • Make recycling as convenient as possible for your residents
  • Provide sufficient containers for collection and storage (it is recommended that you have 1 blue recycling cart for every 7 units)
  • Place recycling blue carts at the set-out point
  • Ensure that staff and residents are well informed about the recycling requirements

Challenges and opportunities


  • Lack of convenience: recycling is not as convenient as garbage disposal within a multi-residential building.
  • Not enough space to store recyclables: without an adequate supply of recycling containers they will quickly overflow, which results in extra recyclables being thrown in the garbage.
  • There is no visible blue box at your door to identify recyclers from non-recyclers.


  • Convenience: recyclables can be dropped off daily; there is no need to store recyclables within your home in between collections.
  • There is no extra cost or limit to the amount of recyclables that can be put out for collection.  If acted upon, overflowing containers are a good sign of increased participation.
  • Savings for condo owners from reduced garbage costs.

Need more blue carts?

Property owners are responsible for purchasing recycling carts for their buildings.  Carts must be compatible with the collection vehicles.  The number of blue carts recommended is based on the number of units in the building.  It is recommended that one blue cart is provided for every seven units. For example, if a building has 70 units, then ten blue carts are recommended.  For small buildings under 15 units, a minimum of 2 carts is required; 1 cart is for paper products and the other cart is for containers.  For pricing and ordering, contact Jane Kittmer at 519-661-CITY (2489) ext. 2334.

Posters and promotion (PDFs)

Apartment Building Recycling Poster
"Recycling Bins Are Located..." black & white poster
"Recycling Bins Are Located..." colour poster


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