Ottawa Recycling Guide

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Capital Junk has created an Ottawa Recycling Guide to help you find the proper disposal site and recycling depot for your materials. If you can’t find your item on our list, please leave the head-scratching to us and get in touch. We are a full-service junk removal company helping home and business owners get rid of unwanted items without the stress of hauling it out themselves or having to know where and how to dispose of it. Our loads are sorted and processed at our facility for recycling, donation or re-use, with the last option being the landfill.

To find the information you are looking for, start by selecting the first letter of the item’s name from the alphabet. The page will scroll to the appropriate letter. When you find the item, click the box and it will expand, showing you information about recycling in Ottawa.

Select A Letter:
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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 Future Shop 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 Nepean on 163 MacFarlane Road.
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 to non-profits such as Cycle Salvation, Trips for Kids Ottawa, Re-Cycles, Bikes For Kids Ottawa and Recyclore.
Binders
The Ottawa Mission Foundation will gladly accept any gently-used binders.
Blankets
Please donate your blankets to one of these great causes: Shepherds of Good Hope, The Ottawa Mission Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program or St. Vincent de Paul 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 Ottawa Public Library Association 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 Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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!
Casette Tapes
Casette Tapes can be brought to AIM Recycling for safe recycling.
CD Players
Does your CD Player still work? Value Village, Goodwill and The Hub will accept this item. If your CD Player has seen better days and does not work anymore, please bring it to RDLong Computers, AIM Recycling, EnviroCentre or 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 Richmond Nursery! 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 Ottawa asks that you wrap it in old newspaper before placing in your Green Bin.
Clean Packing Paper
Consider dropping this material off at Adam’s Moving so they can reuse it for their customer’s who need moving supplies; or put in your Black Box for recycling.
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 the Vanier Community Service Centre 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, The Ottawa Mission 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 Ottawa will not accept concrete 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.
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, Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, 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: The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, St-Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, The Hub, The Ottawa Mission, Helping with Furniture and the Sheperds of Good Hope 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 AIM Recycling, Valoritec, EnviroCentre or nearest Best Buy location.
Dishes
You will not have a difficult time donating your dishes to someone in need: The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, St-Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, The Hub, Helping with Furniture and the Sheperds of Good Hope will appreciate your drop-off.
Disinfectants
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents. Click here for dates and locations of these drop-offs.
Drink Boxes
Rinse and toss into your Blue Box for recycling.
Driveway Sealant
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Drywall
The City of Ottawa 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, Goodwill and The Hub will accept this item. If your CD Player has seen better days and does not work anymore, please bring it to RDLong Computers, AIM Recycling, EnviroCentre or 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! Check out The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, St-Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, The Hub, Helping with Furniture and the Sheperds of Good Hope 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 RDLong Computers, AIM Recycling, EnviroCentre or 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
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Fire Extinguishers
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
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 to RDLong Computers, AIM Recycling, EnviroCentre or 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 RDLong Computers, AIM Recycling, EnviroCentre or 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 Ottawa will not accept Freezers as regular curbside garbage. Freezers can be dropped off at your local landfill but must have the Freon removed and tagged. If your appliance is still in working order and you are just looking to have it updated with a newer model, please consider dropping it off at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to give it a second life! Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Ottawa and the Surrounding Areas.
Frozen Juice Cans
Rinse and toss into your Blue Box for recycling.
Furnaces
The City of Ottawa will not accept Furnaces as regular curbside garbage. Furnaces can be dropped off at your local landfill but must have refrigerant removed and tagged (if your model uses Freon). If your appliance is still in working order and you are just looking to have it updated with a newer model, please consider dropping it off at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to give it a second life! Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Ottawa and the Surrounding Areas.
Furnace Filters
These items go out as regular garbage.
Furniture
Most furniture can be donated or repurposed! Check out donation drop offs such as The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, St-Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, Helping with Furniture, Matthew House Ottawa and the Shepherds of Good Hope 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
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Hot Tubs
The City of Ottawa will not accept Hot Tubs 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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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 Ottawa Food Bank or the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program.
Insecticides
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
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
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Kitty Litter
This item goes into your Green Bin.
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Laminated Wood
The City of Ottawa will not accept laminated wood as part of regular curbside pick up 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.
Lamps
Lamps can be donated or recycled. Working lamps can be donated to The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, St-Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, Helping with Furniture, Matthew House Ottawa and the Sheperds of Good Hope to see if your specific item is something that can be dropped off. Recycle your lamps at a local Landfill or place on curb as regular City pick up for recycling.
Laser Cartridges
This item can be dropped off at your local Staples. Laser Cartridges can also be donated to the Ottawa 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.
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 City of Ottawa host’s a href=”http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/hazardous-waste-and-special-items/disposal-household-hazardous-waste “>Hazardous Waste Drop Off Depots where you can bring your used lighters so that they are properly disposed of.
Lumber
The City of Ottawa will not accept lumber as part of regular curbside pick up 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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Magazines
Discard your old magazines into your Black Box for recycling.
Magnets
This item contains scrap metal that can be brought to a municipal landfill where it will be disposed of with no tipping fee as long as it is separated from other loads. Note that this item can also go in your regular garbage.
Margarine Tubs
Washed margarine tubs can be recycled if placed in a Blue Box.
Mason Jars
Mason jars larger than 100ml can be dropped off at a Shepherds of Good Hope location, Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard, or Comptoir alimentaire Partage Vanier. 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. The City of Ottawa also operates several Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Mercury
Mercury is very dangerous stuff so you’ll have to give Tomlinson Industrial Waste a call to have them safely remove and recycle the substance for a fee. If you have a small amount, the City of Ottawa hosts Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Metal Bed Frames
Consider donating your metal bed frames to select Value Village stores, Salvation Army, Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, or the Habitat for Humanity Restore. This item can also be dismantled and put to the curb as regular garbage pickup.
Metal Clothes Hangers
Consider donating this item to a local dry cleaner, such as Brown’s Cleaners, Hillary’s Cleaners, or The Dry Cleaner. If your metal clothes hangers are no good, place them on the curb with your regular garbage pick up, the City will have them recycled.
Microwave Ovens
Consider donating this item to Matthew House Ottawa, Heartwood House, Helping with Furniture, Ottawa Neighborhood Services or the Salvation Army. This item can also be taken to AIM Recycling for proper recycling.
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.
Mothballs
If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Motor Oil
Drop your unneeded motor oil to locations such as Oil Changers, Mr. Lube, or Canadian Tire. The City of Ottawa also operates several Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Musical Instruments (excluding pianos)
Consider donating this item to a Value Village, St. Vincent de Paul, 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 boxes located around the city, for a list of these locations click here.
Newspaper
This item goes into your Black Box for recycling.
Non-laser Cartridges
This item can be dropped off at your local Staples, The Source, or the Ottawa Food Bank location. 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, Saint Vincent de Paul, 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 or AIM Recycling. 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 City of Ottawa will accept your Paint Cans for disposal on their Household Hazardous Waste Depot days, you can find the schedule here.
Paint Thinner
Paint thinner can be dropped off at your nearest Lowes location. The City of Ottawa hosts Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Pans
Consider donating any pans you have to the Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program for a family in need.
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
The City of Ottawa will accept this item during their Hazardous Waste Depot days. If you miss a depot day and need it gone, please call Tomlinson Industrial Waste and they will remove and recycle your pesticides for a fee.
Pharmaceuticals
This item can be dropped off at most drugstores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Drugstore Pharmacy, and Rexall. The City of Ottawa hosts Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Photocopier Cartridges
Photocopier Cartridges can be dropped off at stores such as Staples, or Right Stop Computer Shop Inc. Please note that Photocopier Cartridges can also be placed in your regular garbage.
Photocopiers
Photocopiers can be recycled at AIM Recycling. They 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.
Pillows
Consider donating any pillows you have to the Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program or 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 donating them to the Richmond Nursery. 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
The City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents. Click here for dates and locations of these drop-offs.
Pool Heater
The City of Ottawa will accept your pool heaters as regular curbside garbage.
Pool Pumps
You can take this item to the municipal landfill where it can be disposed of without tipping fee as long as it is separated from other loads of different materials.
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 Canadian Diabetes Association – Clothesline Program.
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.
Power Tools
Consider donating this item to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore or Value Village! This item can also be dropped off at AIM Recycling, or dropped off at the Ottawa Food Bank. Note that this item can also be put in your regular garbage for recycling.
Pressure Treated Wood
The City will not accept pressure treated wood 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.
Printer Toner
Printer Toner can be dropped off at stores such as Staples, or Right Stop Computer Shop Inc. 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, AIM Recycling, or Right Stop Computer Shop Inc.
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 drop it off at AIM 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. Consider taking your propane tanks to one of PNE Corporation’s locations to exchange it for a new one. The City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
PVC
The city will not accept PVC 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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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 of with no tipping fee as long as it is separated from other loads. Radiators can also be dropped off at auto service centres such as Autovation Inc. or Canadian Express Repair.
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. Radios can also be dropped off at AIM Recycling to be properly disposed of. 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! If you have a small amount of this item, it can be picked up by Tomlinson Industrial Waste for a fee. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Refrigerators
The City of Ottawa will not accept appliances as regular curbside garbage. Appliances can be dropped off at your local landfill but must have refrigerant removed (if your appliance is a freezer, fridge, water cooler…etc.) and properly tagged to certify that the Freon was removed properly. This item contains scrap metal that can be brought to a municipal landfill where it can be disposed of with no tipping fee as long as it is separated from other loads. Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Ottawa 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 cannot be disposed of in the regular garbage, bring it to AIM Recycling and they will recycle the satellite dish for you.
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 Hub will accept this item to re-sell. If your scanner has seen better days and does not work anymore, please bring it to RDLong Computers, AIM Recycling, EnviroCentre or Best Buy for safe recycling.
Scissors
This item can be donated to the Ottawa 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 of without a tipping fee as long as it is separated from other loads.
Sealant
Driveway sealant is a toxic chemical that Capital Junk cannot haul. The City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
Security Alarm Systems
Consider donating your security alarm systems to a Habitat Restore location or Heartwood House. This item can also be dropped off at AIM Recycling to be processed in an environmentally friendly manner. 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 Ottawa Neighborhood Services, 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, Matthew House Ottawa, Helping with Furniture, The Ottawa Mission or Shepherds of Good Hope. If your sheets are worn, consider dropping it off at H & M clothing store for recycling.
Shingles
The City of Ottawa will not accept shingles as part of regular curbside pick up 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.
Shoes
Shoes can be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association, The Hub, Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, The Ottawa Mission 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
The city does not accept construction material as part of regular curbside pick up 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.
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, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, the Heartwood House or Helping with Furniture. If your small appliance is no longer working or on its way to appliance heaven – please drop it off to AIM 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 without a tipping fee as long as it is separated from other loads. 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 will 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, St. Vincent de Paul, The Hub, Value Village or Helping with Furniture.
Soil
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 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, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, the Heartwood House or Helping with Furniture. If your speakers are no longer working, please drop it off to AIM Recycling for proper disposal.
Sponges
This item goes in the regular garbage.
Sports Equipment
Consider donating gently used sports equipment to your nearest Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, Value 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, AIM Recycling or RDLong Computers for recycling. Also consider donating the item to Habitat Restore, The Hub, Goodwill or Value Village location, if in working order.
Stoves
If your stove is still in good condition, consider donating it to Habitat Restore. Please note that the city will not pick up household appliances. If you drop off your stove to the Ottawa Food Bank they will consider it as a donation and recycle the stove and use the proceeds to feed hungry families in Ottawa.
Stuffed Animals
Consider donating your gently-loved stuffed animals to Helping with Furniture, The Hub, 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 will 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 or drop them off at RDLong Computers Limited 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. The City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents to bring their syringes for proper disposal.
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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. The City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents to drop off their old tar for safe and proper disposal.
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 Restore, Heartwood House, Salvation Army, Value Village, or drop it off at Best Buy for recycling.
Televisions
If your television is still in working order, consider donating it to The Hub, Matthew House Ottawa or Heartwood House. You also have the option of dropping it off at Staples, Best Buy or AIM 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, Helping with Furniture, The Hub 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. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
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 AIM Recycling for environmentally friendly recycling.
Turpentine
This item can be dropped off at some Mr. Lube locations for safe disposal. The City of Ottawa also operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for Ottawa residents.
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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. You can also drop this item off at some vacuum shop locations such as Cardy Vacuum and Super Vacs.
VCR's
Working VCR’s can be donated to The Hub, Salvation Army or Value Village. It can also be dropped off at AIM Recycling for recycling.
VHS Tapes
Tapes can be brought to AIM Recycling for safe recycling.
Videotapes
Tapes can be brought to AIM Recycling for safe recycling.
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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 City of Ottawa will not accept Washing Machines as regular curbside garbage. Washing machines can be dropped off at your local landfill. If your appliance is still in working order and you are just looking to have it updated with a newer model, please consider dropping it off at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to give it a second life! Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Ottawa and the Surrounding Areas!
Water Cooler
The City of Ottawa will not accept Water Coolers as regular curbside garbage. If your water cooler is still in working order and you are just looking to have it updated with a newer model, please consider dropping it off at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to give it a second life! Water coolers can be dropped off at your local landfill but must have refrigerant removed and tagged. Capital Junk also offer’s full-service appliance removal to Ottawa 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. Wiring can also be dropped off at RDLong Computers for recycling.
Wooden Bed Frames
Consider donating this item to Matthew House Ottawa, Helping with Furniture, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, The Hub, 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
The City of Ottawa will not accept Wooden Pallets for 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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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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