Related Links and Facts for Recycling in London

Recycling Do’s & Don’ts

blue-boxRecycling Do’s

  • Do set your recyclables at the curbside by 7 a.m., but no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before.
  • Make certain that containers are empty, remove caps/lids, flatten plastic and aluminum to reduce size.
  • Flatten and tie cardboard into bundles no larger than 75 cm X 75 cm X 20 cm (30 X 30 X 8).
  • Place boxes and paper products to the curb in a blue box OR clear bag or see-through blue bag OR small plastic bag (please don’t tie the handles).
  • Place food, drink and liquid containers to the curb in a blue box OR clear bag or see-through blue bag.
  • Place recyclables 1.5 m (5 feet) from your garbage.
  • Maximum weight of recycling containers is 18 kilograms (40 lbs).

Recycling Don’ts

  • Don’t mix materials from Stream 1 and Stream 2.

What Materials can be recycled?

  • Stream 1 – paper products: boxboard (i.e. cereal, detergent, cracker and tissue boxes); cardboard (i.e. clean pizza boxes, packing boxes); catalogues, magazines, newspaper, phone books, egg cartons and miscellaneous paper products such as flyers, envelopes and writing paper.
  • Stream 2 – rigid food, plastic clamshell containers, beverage and liquid containers; milk & juice cartons, drink boxes, aluminum and steel containers, empty paint cans, aluminum foil and pie plates, glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles and tubs with the number 1, 2, 4 and 5 on the bottom of the container.

How should I set out my recycling for collection?

  • Stream 1 – (paper products) can be set out in a blue box OR a clear bag OR see-through blue bag OR a small grocery sac (don’t tie the handles)
  • Stream 2 – (food, beverage and liquid containers) can be set out in a blue box OR a clear bag OR a see-through blue bag
  • Cardboard flatten and tie into bundles no larger than 75 cm X 75 cm X 20 cm (30 X 30 X 8).

What materials can’t be recycled in the recycling program?

  • Ceramics
  • Paper tissues/towels
  • Bakery containers
  • Grocery bags
  • Dark coloured paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Plate glass, broken glass
  • Frozen food packaging
  • Paper with plastic or foil layer
  • Construction paper
  • Styrofoam™ (i.e., cups, packaging)
  • Waxed or foil coated paper products
  • Wood

If in doubt, check it out by calling the London Recyling line at 519 661-5803.

recycled-bagReduce Plastic Bag Use

When you remember to bring reusable shopping bags with you to the store, you can save thousands of single-use plastic bags from being used. It’s an easy and effective way to conserve resources and reduce the number of plastic bags that end up as ugly and costly litter.

Tips to reduce your use of plastic bags:

  • Make a habit of storing reusable shopping bags in your car, backpack or handbag to keep them handy.
  • Use your own bags for groceries, fresh food and at department stores.
  • Say no to a plastic bag before the clerk places your items in one.
  • When you only have a few items, carry them out in your hands.
  • Reuse any plastic bags you have as many times as possible.

Recycle plastic bags at participating grocery stores (see below).

If you must discard a plastic bag, make sure it does not become litter.

Help support the London Plastic Bag Project. Further details at

The above information was located and listed here from the London, Ontario, Canada web site –

Haven’t found the item you were looking for? On this page we have listed links to other recycling businesses in the London Area.

We hope this helps you with all your recycling efforts!

Recycling in London, Ontario

The City of London web site has a full section containing all you need to know.

All you need to know about Curbside recycling.

The City of London’s pdf document can be printed and covers everything you need to know.

Mixed Solid Waste (MSW), Mixed Recyclable, Clean Wood, Reinforced Concrete, Rubble, Recyclable Fill, Freon units, Tires, Clean Asphalt

Try Recycling

For more information on City Enviro Depots, call 519 661-4585.