Ottawa 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.

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

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 (cellphone)

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

Batteries (rechargeable)

Can be dropped off at your local StaplesTotal 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.
 
 
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 VillageGoodwill 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 Discs)
Do your CDs still work? Value VillageGoodwill 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: GoodwillSalvation 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 ProgramValue VillageSt-Vincent De Paul, or Salvation ArmyH & 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 PaulSalvation ArmyThe HubHelping with Furniture will appreciate your drop-off.
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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Fax Machines
Does your fax machine still work? Value VillageGoodwill 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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.