Kitchener-Waterloo Recycling Guide

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From toxic chemicals to plastic containers, Capital Junk has created an Kitchener Waterloo Region Recycling Guide to help you find the proper disposal site and recycling depot for a large array of materials. We’re experts in our field for properly disposing of or donating unwanted items and will be happy to assist you if you are ever in a bind. Simple, cost-effective and stress-free: get in touch if you need us! Otherwise, we hope you find value in our helpful recycling guide.

Select the first letter of the item to begin, and you will be moved to that section of the alphabet. From there, scroll till you find your item and expand the info box in order to learn more about recycling in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge.

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Aluminium
Goes into your Blue Box
Antifreeze
Can be dropped off at your local Mr.Lube or Midas shop
Appliances
Appliances containing coolant (fridges, freezers…etc.) must be drained and tagged by a Refrigeration Specialist before taking them to the landfill. At the gate, you will tell them you have appliances and they will direct you to the area to drop them off for recycling. Items such as stove’s, dishwashers, washing machines or dryers can be taken to the landfill for recycling.
Audio Equipment
Can be dropped off at your local Best Buy location
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Bathtubs
If it is still usable, consider donating it to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to give it a second life! There is a location on 768 Belfast Road as well as in Nepean on 7 Enterprise Avenue. If not, your bathtub can be placed at the curb for garbage pick-up. Please note that Cast Iron Bathtubs cannot be placed at curb for pick-up.
Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, button cell)
Can be dropped off at your local Canadian Tire, Home Depot or The Source.
Batteries (car)
Can be dropped off at your local Midas or Mr.Lube location. Canadian Tire will also take your old car batteries, but only if you’re replacing them with a new one purchased directly from Canadian Tire.
Batteries (cell phone)
Can be dropped off at your local Canadian Tire or Total Battery location.
Batteries (lead-acid)
Can be dropped off at your local Total Battery location.
Batteries (power tool)
Can be dropped off at your local Rona in Kitchener on 730 Ottawa street south, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 1B6
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Batteries (rechargeable)
Can be dropped off at your local Staples, Total Battery or The Source.
Bedding
Consider donating your bedding to the Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program.
Bicycles
If you would like your bike to live a second life, please drop it off a non-profit such as  Recycle Cycle Kitchener 
Binders
The Salvation Army will gladly accept any gently-used binders.
Blankets
Please donate your blankets to one of these great causes: Waterloo Region Welcomes Refugees, The New Mom Project, Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program or drop-off at an H&M clothing store to be recycled or reused.
Blenders
Please donate your blenders to Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program.
Books
Friends of the Waterloo Public Library will accept your books, as well as your local Value Village. If your books are moldy, yellowed, torn or otherwise unusable, you can put them in your Black Box for proper disposal.
Bricks
If you have bricks that could be used again (clean, no cracks or chips), please consider bringing them to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. The City of Waterloo will not accept bricks as part of regular curbside pickup unless the quantity is small enough to be bundled into compact parcels (not exceeding 1.2 meters in length, 0.76 meters in width and height and not exceeding 15 kilograms in weight). If you think you have more than this amount consider having Capital Junk haul it away or bring it yourself to a City Landfill for disposal.
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Cardboard
This item can be placed in your Black Box for recycling.
Cardboard Ice Cream Containers
Rinse your ice cream boxes and place them in your Blue Box for recycling.
Carpet
The City of Waterloo requires you to bundle your carpet waste into compact parcels (not exceeding 1.2 meters in length, 0.76 meters in width and height and not exceeding 15 kilograms in weight). The City will not remove your waste if you have more than 6 large items. If you find yourself in a pickle and need your renovation debris hauled away as soon as possible, please give Capital Junk a call at 613-825-0707 or schedule a pick-up online!
Cassette Tapes
Cassette
CD Players
Does your CD Player still work? Value Village, Goodwill and will accept this item. If your CD Player has seen better days and does not work anymore, please bring it to Best Buy for safe recycling.
CDs (Compact Disks)
Do your CDs still work? Value Village, Goodwill and Salvation Army will accept this item. This item can also be placed in the regular garbage for recycling.
Cell Phones
Please drop your cell phones off at Canadian Tire, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, Staples, or The Source.
Ceramic Flower Pots
Brown thumb? Donate your unneeded flower pots to Lowes! If they are broken, please put this item out as regular curbside garbage.
Chalk
This item, if dry, can be placed in your Green Bin and if the item is wet, the City of Waterloo asks that you wrap it in old newspaper before placing in your Green Bin.
Clear Plastic
Place clean, clear plastic containers in your Blue Box for recycling.
Cloth Based Items
The Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program accepts cloth donations, while H & M Clothing Stores have a system in place for repurposing or recycling your unwearable / unwanted fabrics.
Cloth Grocery Bags
We’ve all been there… too many cloth grocery bags in the closet… Donate part of your collection to Value Village so that other families will utilize your surplus.
Clothing
There are lots of great places to donate your clothing to: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program, or Ontario Federation of Cerebral Palsy are all great choices. If you are looking to have your clothing recycled, Value Village and H & M Clothing Stores all have a system in place for repurposing or recycling your unwearable / unwanted fabrics.
Concrete
The City of Waterloo will not accept concrete as part of regular curbside pickup. Consider having Capital Junk haul it away or bring it yourself to a City Landfill for disposal.
Cork
This is one of those materials that can be easily recycled or crafted into something else. Capital Junk can donate your corks to any number of individuals for use in flooring, crafting, tree planting and more!
Curtains and Drapes
Updating the look of your living spaces? Donate your unwanted curtains and drapes to the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program, Value Village, St-Vincent De Paul, or Salvation Army; H & M Clothing Stores will reuse, repurpose or recycle your materials.
Cutlery
You will not have a difficult time donating your cutlery to someone in need: St-Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, The Hub, Helping with Furniture will appreciate your drop-off.
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Dehumidifiers
Is your small appliance still in working condition? Please drop it off at your nearest Value Village for re-sale. If not, the Freon will have to be removed and tagged before you can drop it off at your local landfill. Capital Junk can take care of the Freon removal, pick up and the recycling of your dehumidifiers.
Deodorant Spray Bottles
These items can be thrown into your Blue Box for recycling; rinse them out first.
Digital Cameras
Discarded digital cameras can be dropped off at your nearest Best Buy location.
Dishes
You will not have a difficult time donating your dishes to someone in need:  Salvation Army will appreciate your drop-off.
Disinfectants
The City of Waterloo does not pick these up with your normal garbage. See here for a list of dropoff and pickup services promoted and presented by the city. Sadly, capital junk cannot take chemicals of any kind.
Drink Boxes
Rinse and toss into your Blue Box for recycling.
Driveway Sealant
The region of Waterloo provides instructions here for getting rid of your hazardous sealant.
Drywall
The City of Waterloo will not accept drywall as part of regular curbside pickup unless the quantity is small enough to be bundled into compact parcels (not exceeding 1.2 meters in length, 0.76 meters in width and height and not exceeding 15 kilograms in weight). If you think you have more than this amount consider having Capital Junk haul it away or bring it yourself to a City Landfill for disposal.
DVD Players
Does your DVD Player still work? Value Village and Goodwill will accept this item. If your CD Player has seen better days and does not work anymore, please bring it to Best Buy for safe recycling.
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Eggshells
Toss your eggshells into your Green Bin or Compost container.
Electric Hospital Beds
This item can be dismantled and put to the curb, and the mattress will be taken as regular curb side pick up. However, separate the metal framework from the bed as the metal is recyclable!
Electric Typewriters
This item can be placed at the curb with your other waste on garbage day.
Electronics
Most electronics can be donated or recycled! Contact Salvation Army and the Recycleyourelectronics.ca to see if your specific item is something that can be dropped off. If it’s seen better days and does not work anymore, please bring it to Best Buy for safe recycling.
Empty Aerosol Containers
These items go into your Blue Box.
Eyeglasses
Consider taking this item to an eyeglass store like New Look Eyewear or Lenscrafters to have your old glasses reused or recycled.
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Fax Machines
Does your fax machine still work? Value Village, Goodwill and Heartwood House will accept this item. This item can also be dropped off at your local Staples for recycling.
Fertilizers
The City of Waterloo states these materials can be dropped of at Waterloo Landfill Site 925 Erb Street West, Gate 2 Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also visitmakethedrop.ca to find more dropoff places near you
Fire Extinguishers
Check out makethedrop.ca to find out which location is closest to you so you can drop off these items. More information on these items can be found on the municipal website here.
Flat Screen Monitors
This item cannot be disposed of in the regular garbage. If your monitor still works, Value Village and Salvation Army will accept it for donation. If your monitor does not work anymore, please bring it Best Buy for safe recycling.
Flat Screen Televisions
This item cannot be disposed of in the regular garbage. If your monitor still works, Value Village and Salvation Army will accept it. If your monitor does not work anymore, please bring it to  Best Buy for safe recycling.
Floppy Discs
Consider donating your floppy disks to Value Village! You can also bring them to AIM Recycling for safe recycling. Please note this item can also be disposed of in the regular garbage.
Fluorescent Tubes
This item can be taken to RONA or Canadian Tire for safe recycling.
Flyers
Discard old flyers into your Black Box for recycling.
Foam Packaging
Discard foam packaging in your regular garbage. Scientists recently found a way to dissolve foam packing peanuts into energy for batteries. Hopefully someday there will be a high demand for foam peanut recycling and they can be converted to energy.
Freezers
The City of Waterloo will accept freezers on the curbside if they are less than 92g (200lbs).
Frozen Juice Cans
Rinse and toss into your Blue Box for recycling.
Furnaces
The city of Waterloo will accept furnaces on the curbside if they are less than 92g (200lbs). If they exceed that amount consider calling Capital Junk to have it removed.
Furnace Filters
These items go out as regular garbage.
Furniture
Most furniture can be donated or repurposed! Check out donation drop offs such as  Salvation Army,  to see if your specific item is something that can be dropped off. Large bulky items can also be left at the curb for regular garbage pick up in small quantities.
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Garden Hose
This item goes out as regular garbage.
Gift Wrapping Paper
This item goes in your Black Box for recycling.
Glass Bottles
Rinsed glass bottles can be placed in your Blue Box for proper disposal.
Glass Liquor Bottles
Wine, beer and spirit containers greater than 100 ml in size should be returned to The Beer Store for a full deposit refund.
Glass Windows
This item goes out as regular garbage – please tape a big X on the glass so City workers can see it clearly.
Glass Wine Bottles
Wine, beer and spirit containers greater than 100 ml in size should be returned to The Beer Store for a full deposit refund.
Grass Clippings
Dump your clippings into a Green Bin or Compost container.
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Herbicides
Herbicide disposal can be dropped off at the locations indicated on the following municipality sheet.
Hot Tubs
The City of Waterloo this item can be disposed of at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Fees will apply.
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Incandescent Light Bulbs
This item goes in your regular garbage for curbside pick up.
Inhaler
This item goes in your regular garbage for curbside pick up.
Inkjet Cartridges
Can be dropped off at your local Staples, or The Source. This item can also be donated to the Kitchener Food Bank or the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program.
Insecticides
The region of Waterloo provides instructions here for getting rid of your hazardous insecticide.
Irons
This item can be donated! Consider donating your iron to Value Village or the Salvation Army. Note that this item can also be placed in your regular garbage, or picked up by Capital Junk to be donated or recycled for you.
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Kerosene
This item cannot be picked up with your regular garbage, it can be dropped off Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Fees will be applied depending on the volume of the substance.
Kitty Litter
This item goes into your Green Bin.
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Laminated Wood
The region of Wateroo will accept small bundles of laminated wood if the items are not more than 92 cm (3 ft) in length and 23 kg in weight (50lbs). They can also be disposed of at a transfer station for a fee. If you do not want to go through the hassle of bundling the wood and dropping it off, Capital Junk is an expert at removing these materials.
Lamps
Lamps can be donated or recycled or thrown out with your regular curbside garbage. Insure that all light bulbs are removed and that the electricity is sound. If you want to donate this item the Salvation Army, or Value Village will accept this donation.
Laser Cartridges
This item can be dropped off at your local Staples. Laser Cartridges can also be donated to the Kitchener Food Bank.
Latex Paint
This item cannot be put in the regular garbage. Latex Paint can be dropped off at your local Rona or Lowes location. Limit 25 litres per household. If you have more than 25 litres to drop off, please call us at 519-575-4400 Ext. 8442 for more information.

Lawn Mowers
The oil and gasoline must be removed from your lawn mower before it can be processed for recycling. This item can be taken to select Value Village stores for donation. Lawn Mowers also contain scrap metal that can be brought to a municipal Landfill where it can be disposed of with no tipping fee. Note that this item can also go in your regular garbage.
Leaves
These items go into your Green Bin or Compost container for nature to recycle!
Light Bulbs
This item can go in your regular garbage.
Light Bulbs (Spiral LED)
Canadian Tire will accept and recycle your LED Light Bulbs.
Light Fixtures
Select Value Village locations as well as the Salvation Army will accept used light fixtures as donations. Broken or unsalvageable light fixtures should be placed at the curb with your regular garbage pickup.
Lighters
The region of Waterloo provides instructions here for getting rid of your hazardous lighters and lighter fluid. 
Lumber
Lumbe can be dropped off at the Cambridge transfer station. Alternatively, securely bundle items not more than 92 cm (3 ft) in length and 23 kg in weight (50lbs).  Each bundle counts as one item for your Bulky item and Appliance Collection allotment.
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Magazines
Discard your old magazines into your Black Box for recycling.
Magnets
This item can be dropped off with your regular garbage.
Margarine Tubs
Washed margarine tubs can be recycled if placed in a Blue Box.
Mason Jars
If you are interested in recycling your Mason Jars, you can drop them off at Panda Environmental Services Inc located at 13 Centennial Rd, Kitchener, ON N2B 3E9. Mason jars can also be placed in your Blue Box for recycling.
Matches
Used matches can be tossed into your Green Bin.
Mattresses
Mattresses can be placed on the curb for regular garbage pick up. If your mattress is too bulky and heavy for you to haul yourself, hiring a junk removal service can save you time and energy on your mattress removal. You may call our office for a free estimate at (613) 825-0707 or book your mattress removal online!
Medication
Unused medication can be dropped off at most drugstores, such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Drugstore Pharmacy, and your nearest Rexall. Please do not flush your unused medication down the toilet as the Ontario sewage system isn’t equipped to handle it.
Mercury
Mercury is very dangerous stuff. Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station.
Metal Bed Frames
Consider donating your metal bed frames to select Value Village stores, Salvation Army. This item can also be dismantled and put to the curb as regular garbage pickup.
Metal Clothes Hangers
This item can be dropped off with your regular garbage. If these are in good shape, you can consider dropping these items off to Value Village or Salvation Army.
Microwave Ovens
Consider donating this item to the Salvation Army. This item can also be placed curbside for pickup.
Mirrors
This item goes in the regular garbage. Please tape a large X on the reflective part of the mirror so the City employees can clearly see it. The city may not pick it up if there are sharp exposed corners they need to be wrapped or they may not pick it up.
Mothballs
Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station.
Motor Oil
Drop your unneeded motor oil to locations such as Oil Changers, Mr. Lube, or Canadian Tire.
Musical Instruments (excluding pianos)
Consider donating this item to a Value Village or Goodwill location. This item can be placed in the garbage for regular curbside pickup if it is not donatable.
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Nail Polish
Place this item in your regular garbage.
Needles
You can drop needles off at select pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Drugstore Pharmacy, or Rexall. There are also needle drop programs funded by the city. You can find more information here.
Newspaper
This item goes into your Black Box for recycling.
Non-laser Cartridges
This item can be dropped off at your local Staples, or the  The Source. Non-laser Cartridges have to be placed in your regular garbage for disposal.
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Office Furniture
Consider donating this item to Value Village, or nearest Salvation Army location.
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Pagers
If it is still usable, consider donating it to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, Value Village. Pagers can also be put in the regular garbage for recycling.
Paint Cans
The paint can must be emptied and can then be placed in your Blue Recycling Box. The paint inside is considered a household hazardous waste. Paint can be dropped off at places like RONA or Lowes. The Waterloo Region can not pick up curbside paint cans although they offer no fee drop off at Cambridge and Waterloo transfer station.
Paint Thinner
Paint thinner can be dropped off at your nearest Lowes location.Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station.
Pans
Consider donating any pans you have to the Salvation Army or Value Village.
Paper Bags
This item goes in your black box for recycling.
Paper Plates
Place this item loosely in your green bin if it is dry. If your paper plate is wet, wrap it in newspaper then throw it in your green bin.
Patio Stones
This item must be brought to a municipal landfill where a tipping fee for disposal will be charged. Capital Junk can send a team of junk removal professionals to take care of all the hauling, loading and proper disposal for you. Please call our office at (613) 825-0707 or Request a Quote online!
Pesticides
Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Please click below for more information.
Pharmaceuticals
This item can be dropped off at most drugstores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Drugstore Pharmacy, and Rexall.
Photocopier Cartridges
Photocopier Cartridges can be dropped off at stores such as Staples Please note that Photocopier Cartridges can also be placed in your regular garbage.
Photocopiers
 These can also be placed outside with your regular curbside pickup and the city will have it recycled.
Pianos
This item cannot be disposed of in the regular garbage. Give Capital Junk a call to schedule a piano removal.
Pillows
Place outside as regular curbside garbage.
Plastic Clothes Hangers
Donate these items to Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Plastic Flower Pots
If your plastic flower pots are still in good shape, consider returning them to Lowe’s. This item can also be placed in your Blue Recycling Box.
Plastic Ice Cream Containers
Place this item in your Blue Recycling Box.
Plastic Yogurt Containers
This item goes in your Blue Recycling Box.
Polypropylene Bags
Consider contacting Capital Junk to pick up your bags as we can find a way to recycle them. Otherwise, these items can be placed in your regular garbage.
Polystyrene
This item can be placed in your regular garbage or picked up by Capital Junk to be warehoused till we can send them off to be recycled via third party.
Pool Chemicals
Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Click here for dates and locations of these drop-offs.
Pool Heater
The Region of Waterloo will accept your pool heaters as regular curbside garbage.
Pool Pumps
This item is accepted as curbside waste. Please follow regular disposal protocol and wrap any sharp edges.
Popsicle Sticks (wood)
This item goes in your Green Bin.
Popsicle Sticks (plastic)
This item goes in your regular garbage.
Potato Chip Tube
This goes in your Blue Box.
Pots
Consider donating any pots you have to the Salvation Army, Value Village, or Youth Services Bureau if they are in good shape.
Pottery
This item goes in your regular garbage.
Power Tool Blades
This item can be taken to select RONA locations. Note that this item can also be put in the regular garbage for recycling. Please follow regular curbside . garbage protocol and wrap any sharp edges before you put your item outside.
Power Tools
Consider donating this item to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore or Value Village! Note that this item can also be put in your regular garbage for recycling.
Pressure Treated Wood
Waterloo Region has strict rules regarding curbside disposal of wood. Waterloo will accept your wood if you follow the following rules : Securely bundle items not more than 92 cm (3 ft) in length and 23 kg in weight (50lbs).  Each bundle counts as one item for your Bulky item and Appliance Collection allotment.. If you think you have more than this amount consider having Capital Junk haul it away or bring it yourself to a City Landfill for disposal.
Printer Toner
Printer Toner can be dropped off at stores such as Staples. Note that this item can be put in your regular garbage for recycling.
Printers
If your printer is still in good condition, consider donating it to a Salvation Army or Value Village location. This item can also be dropped off places such as Staples.
Produce Styrofoam Trays
This item goes in the regular garbage.
Projectors
If your Projector is still in good shape, consider donating it to Value Village or Salvation Army. You can also give this item to Dundee Electronic Recycling. Note that this item can also be put in your regular garbage.
Propane Tanks
This item cannot be disposed of in your regular garbage. Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Lowe’s, Home Depot and Rona no longer accept these and will not allow them in the building.
PVC
The city will accept PVC with your curbside garbage as long as it does not exceed bundles measuring 92 cm (3 ft) in length and 23 kg in weight (50lbs). If your PVC is larger than this consider Capital Junk's full service removal./su_spoiler]
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Q-Tips (cardboard or wooden stick)
This item goes into your Green Bin
Q-Tips (plastic stick)
This item gets disposed of as regular garbage
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Radiators
Radiator contain scrap metal that can be brought to a municipal landfill where it can be disposed for a fee. This item is also accepted as bulky curbside garbage.  
Radios
If your radio is still in good condition it can be donated or dropped off at Value Village, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.  Note that this item can also be put outside as your regular curbside pickup for the City to recycle.
Rags
When your rags have been used to the point you cannot use them to clean anymore, consider dropping them off at an H & M clothing store for recycling. Please note that it will be difficult to have your rags recycled if they are soaked in household chemicals or flammable materials. Otherwise, they can be thrown in the regular garbage.
Rain Barrels
This item goes in your regular garbage.
Rat Poison
This is a household hazardous waste and cannot be put in the garbage! Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Please click below for more information.
Refrigerators
Items that do not fit into a standard garbage bag or can and are under 184 cm (6 ft.) and 92 kg (200 lbs) should be placed out on your Bulky Item and Appliance collection day. Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Waterloo and the Surrounding Areas.
Rocks
This item must be brought to a municipal landfill where a tipping fee for disposal will be charged.
Rubber Corks
This item goes in the garbage.
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Satellite Dishes

This item is accepted curbside in the bulky item and appliance collection program when properly prepared. Items that do not fit into a standard garbage bag or can and are under 184 cm (6 ft.) and 92 kg (200 lbs) should be placed out on your Bulky Item and Appliance collection day. This item can also be dropped off at a transfer station for a fee.

Sawdust
Put sawdust in your Green Bin.
Scanners
Does your scanner still scan? Is it compatible with more recent technology? Value Village, Goodwill and The Salvation Army will accept this item to re-sell. If your scanner has seen better days and does not work anymore, please bring it to Best Buy for safe recycling.
Scissors
This item can be donated to the Kitchener Mission if they are still working. Scissors can also be put in your regular garbage if they are broken.
Scrap Metal
Scrap metal can be taken to a municipal landfill where it can be disposed. Fees may apply.
Sealant
Driveway sealant is a toxic chemical that Capital Junk cannot haul. The City of Kitchener states that Household Hazardous Waste items can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station.
Security Alarm Systems
Consider donating your security alarm systems to a Habitat Restore location.  Please note that this item can also be put in your regular garbage for disposal.
Seeds
Place this item in your Green Bin for nature to recycle!
Sewing Supplies
Consider donating this item to  Value Village or St.Vincent de Paul. This item can also be placed in your regular garbage for disposal if no longer usable.
Sheets
You can donate your sheets to the Clothesline Program. If your sheets are worn, consider dropping it off at H & M clothing store for recycling.
Shingles
Waterloo Region Municipality will accept Small quantities of these items when properly prepared are accepted curbside in the Bulky Item and Appliance collection.Securely bundle items not more than 92 cm (3 ft) in length and 23 kg in weight (50lbs).  Each bundle counts as one item for your Bulky item and Appliance Collection allotment.If you think you have more than this amount consider having Capital Junk haul it away or bring it yourself to a City Landfill for disposal.
Shoes
Shoes can be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association, The Salvation Army or Value Village location. This item can also be placed in your regular garbage if they are unusable.
Shredded Paper
This item goes in your black recycling box.
Shrubs
Shrubs can go into a Green Bin or Compost container. If you do not have these, shrubs can be put on the curb separately for collection by the City during your scheduled curbside pickup.
Silica Kitty Litter
This item goes in the garbage.
Sinks
This item is accepted curbside in the bulky item and appliance collection program when properly prepared, this means you sink should be in one piece with no sharp exposed edges and less than 200lbs. If you think you have more than this consider having Capital Junk haul it away or bring it yourself to a City Landfill for disposal. Fees may be applied.
Sleeping Bags
Consider donating your gently used sleeping bags to the Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program to be reused.
Small Appliances
If your small appliance is still in working order, consider donating it to Value Village, or the Salvation Army,. If your small appliance is no longer working or on its way to appliance heaven – please drop it off to Dundee Electronic Recycling for proper disposal.
Smoke Alarms
This item can be placed in your regular garbage.
Snow Blowers
Consider donating your working snow blower to Value Village. This item also contains scrap metal which can be taken to a municipal landfill and disposed of. Fees may be applied. Otherwise you can place this item in your regular garbage, but make sure you’ve removed the oil and gas before doing so!
Sod
This item must be brought to a municipal landfill where a tipping fee for disposal may be charged. Capital Junk can send a team of removal experts to load up our truck with your sod and deliver it to the landfill for you. Submit a request for quote online for information on pricing for your sod removal, or call us at (613) 825-0707.
Soda Cans
Soda cans go in your blue box for recycling.
Sofa's
Consider donating your gently used sofas to the Salvation Army or , Value Village.
Soil
This item must be brought to a municipal landfill where a tipping fee for disposal may be charged. Capital Junk can send a team of removal experts to load up our truck with your soil and deliver it to the landfill for you. Submit a request for quote online for information on pricing for your soil removal, or call us at (613) 825-0707.
Soiled Paper
This item can go in your Green Bin. If wet, wrap it in newspaper or paper liner before placing in your Green Bin.
Speakers
If your speakers are still in working condition please consider donating it to Value Village or  The Salvation Army. If your speakers are no longer working, please drop it off to Dundee Electronic Recycling for proper disposal.
Sponges
This item goes in the regular garbage.
Sports Equipment
Consider donating gently used sports equipment to your nearest GoodwillValue Village or Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program. This item can also be placed in your regular garbage if they are too worn down to be used again.
Steel Cans
This item goes in your Blue Recycling Box.
Stereos
This item can be dropped off at Best Buy for recycling. Also consider donating the item to Habitat RestoreGoodwill or Value Village location, if in working order.
Stoves
If your stove is still in good condition, consider donating it to Habitat Restore.
Stuffed Animals
Consider donating your gently-loved stuffed animals to Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, Value Village or Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program. This item can also be put in your regular garbage if they are torn or stained.
Stumps
This item must be brought to a municipal landfill where a tipping fee for disposal may be charged. You cannot leave stumps on your curbside for regular garbage pickup. If you’d like to save yourself the trouble, Capital Junk can do all the hauling and loading as well as driving your stumps out to the nearest landfill for disposal. For a free estimate please submit a form online or call our office at (613) 825-0707.
Styrofoam
This item goes in your garbage.
Switches
You can donate your working switches to Habitat Restore to be recycled. Please note that this item can also be put in your regular garbage for disposal.
Syringes
You may drop syringes off at select pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Drugstore Pharmacy, as well as your local Rexall pharmacy. Household Hazardous Waste items such as syringes can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Please click below for more information.
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Tar
Tar is considered a household hazardous waste and should not be put in the garbage or poured down the sink. This can be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station.
Tea Bags
This item goes in your Green Bin. If the tea bags are wet, wrap them in newspaper or paper liner before putting them in your Green Bin.
Telephone Books
This item can be put in your Black Box for recycling.
Telephone Equipment
Consider donating this item to Habitat for Humanity’s RestoreSalvation Army, Value Village, or drop it off at Best Buy for recycling.
Televisions
If your television is still in working order you can donate this item at the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Value Village. You also have the option of dropping it off at Staples, Best Buy or Dundee Electronic Recycling for recycling.
Tetra Packs
This goes in your Blue Recycling Box for recycling.
Tile
If your tiles are not damaged and there is no residue on them, please donate the to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore as they can be reused. The City will sometimes remove very small quantities from your regular curbside pickup. However, do not be completely shocked if they do not remove your tiles… we get calls from clients asking us to come haul away their tile at the end of their garbage day. Call (613) 825-0707 for more information and an estimate on your tile removal.
Tires
Tires cannot be disposed of in your regular garbage. You can drop off your tires at Costco, Midas and other auto servicing shops. Canadian Tire will take your old tires if you’re replacing them with new ones.
Toilets
This item must be dismantled before being put out on the curb for regular garbage pickup.
Toys
Consider donating old toys to the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program or Goodwill.
Trampoline Frame
This item must be dismantled before being put out on the curb for regular garbage pickup.
Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid can be taken to several car servicing stores such as Mr. Lube, Mister Transmission or Midas location for proper disposal. These items can also be dropped off for no charge at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station.
Turntables
Consider dropping this item off at a local Value Village of it still works. If it’s broken you can drop it off at Dundee Electronic Recycling for environmentally friendly recycling.
Turpentine
This item can be dropped off at some Mr. Lube locations for safe disposal.
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Vacuum Cleaner
Consider donating your used and working vacuum cleaner to the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, or Value Village.
VCR's
Working VCR’s can be donated to Salvation Army or Value Village.
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Walkers
This item goes out as regular curbside garbage.
Wallpaper
This item goes out as regular curbside garbage.
Washing Machine
The Region of Waterloo has strict rules about curbside disposal of Washers and dryers. The municipality states the following: This item is accepted curbside in the bulky item and appliance collection program when properly prepared.Items that do not fit into a standard garbage bag or can and are under 184 cm (6 ft.) and 92 kg (200 lbs) should be placed out on your Bulky Item and Appliance collection day. Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Waterloo and the Surrounding Areas!
Water Cooler
The Region of Waterloo has strict rules about curbside disposal of water coolers The municipality states the following: This item is accepted curbside in the bulky item and appliance collection program when properly prepared.Items that do not fit into a standard garbage bag or can and are under 184 cm (6 ft.) and 92 kg (200 lbs) should be placed out on your Bulky Item and Appliance collection day. Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Waterloo and the Surrounding Areas!
Water Cooler Jugs
These items go into your Blue Box for recycling.
Water Tank
The City of Ottawa will not accept Water Tanks as regular curbside garbage. Water tanks can be dropped off at your local landfill.
Waxed Cardboard
This material goes into your Green Bin.
Waxed Paper
This material goes into your Green Bin.
Wheelchairs
Unfortunately, wheelchairs are a safety item and cannot be donated in most cases. The best thing you can do is post it on Kijiji to see if anyone will take it, if not, you can put it outside with your regular garbage and the City will recycle it.
Whipping Cream Cans
The City can recycle this item if they are placed in your Blue Box
Windows
This item can be disposed of in your regular garbage. Please tape a large X on the window so the City workers can clearly see it.
Wine Bottles
Wine, beer and spirit containers greater than 100 ml in size should be returned to The Beer Store for a full deposit refund.
Wiring
If you have new wiring, consider donating it to the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore location.
Wooden Bed Frames
Consider donating this item to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, or the Salvation Army! If you want to put this item out for regular curb side pickup, you must dismantle it first or the City will not haul it.
Wooden Pallets
This item can be disposed of at the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. Fees will apply. If you want a headache free full service removal, consider having Capital Junk haul it away or bring it yourself to a City Landfill for disposal.
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Yard Refuse
Yard Waste can go into a Green Bin or Compost container. If you do not have these, yard waste can be put on the curb separately for collection, however it cannot exceed 10 centimetres in diameter or 1.2 meters in length and the material must be tied in bundles that do not exceed 15 kilograms and 0.61 meters in width.
Yarn
Consider donating any yarn you have to the Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program.
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