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Tips on Proper Sorting and Separation

Please refer to the guidelines on this page when sorting any recyclables or household hazardous waste items destined for County-owned transfer sites or the Highway 43 East Regional Landfill. Thank you for doing your part to extend the life of the regional landfill.

Accepted Recyclables

  • Cardboard boxes (cereal, pizza, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Toilet and paper towel tubes
  • Catalogues, magazines and telephone books
  • Egg cartons
  • Milk cartons and juice boxes

Important Tip

Please ensure all boxes are clean and flattened.

  • Canned foods (soup, beans, vegetables, etc.)
  • Pet food cans
  • Coffee tins, metal rings and lids
  • Empty hair product cans
  • Aluminum foil

Important Tip

Please ensure all labels and glue are removed and cans are washed out.

  • Cardboard boxes (cereal, pizza, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Toilet and paper towel tubes
  • Catalogues, magazines and telephone books
  • Newspapers, flyers and brochures
  • Letters and envelopes (remove plastic window)
  • Paper coffee cups and fountain pop cups (no lid)
  • Greeting cards and gift wrap (non-foil paper)
  • Paper bags
  • Shredded paper (in a see-through bag and tied closed)
  • Paperback and hardcover books (separate hardcovers from pages)

Important Tip

Please ensure paper is kept separate from food waste, as it will then become contaminated, causing it to be unacceptable for recycling purposes.

  • Soft drink bottles
  • Detergent & cleaner containers
  • Food trays
  • Milk, water & juice jugs
  • Personal care bottles
  • Cooking, vegetable oil & salad dressing bottles
  • Shrink-wrap, blister packs
  • Bread bags, garbage bags, grocery bags, cereal box liners
  • Plastic cutlery, foam plates, egg cartons, etc.

Important Tip

Please ensure all containers are clean and free from food residue, labels and glue.

Accepted Household Hazardous Waste

Numerous household hazardous waste materials are accepted at any County-owned transfer station or the Highway 43 East Regional Landfill. Consult the list below or download the County's handy household hazardous waste info sheet.

Household products with potentially hazardous characteristics display at least one of the following symbols:

Icon array hazardous waste
  • Abrasive cleaners
  • Acetone
  • Aerosol paints and sprays
  • All-purpose cleaners (solvent based)
  • Ammonia
  • Ant / wasp spray
  • Antifreeze
  • Autobody filler
  • Barbecue starters
  • Batteries (car, cell phone, household)
  • Bleach
  • Brake and transmission fluid
  • Butane refills
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Car (lead-acid) batteries
  • Car waxes and polishes (solvent and water based)
  • Cell phones and cell phone batteries
  • Contact cement
  • Degreasers (petroleum based)
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaners
  • Fabric softeners
  • Floor wax strippers
  • Florescent light bulbs
  • Hair sprays (aerosol)
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosene
  • Laundry starch
  • Laundry stain removers
  • Light bulbs
  • Lighter fluid
  • Liquid cleaners
  • Lye
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Mildew removers
  • Muriatic acid
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Paint thinners and strippers
  • Paints (oil and water based)
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Shoe polish
  • Silver and brass polish
  • Smoke detectors
  • Solvents, turpentine, varnish, lacquers
  • Spot removers
  • Spa and pool chemicals
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Tub and tile cleaners
  • Weed killers
  • Windshield washer solution containing methyl alcohol
  • Wood preservatives
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