Acceptable Items

How to Sort

  • Materials must be sorted and separated into two separate bins Fibres and Containers:
  • Separate fibre materials (paper, box board) from container materials (tin, plastic, glass, etc.) each in their own bins.
    If you mix these two types of materials, your recycling will not be picked up.
  • If your bins come with lids, please remove any lids before placing your bin at the curb.

Frequently Confused Materials

Corrugated Cardboard

Where Does it Go? 
Recycling (Fibres)

Flatten and bundled, no larger then 75 x 75 x 20 cm (30” x 30” x 8”). If cardboard is any bigger and it can’t fit in our trucks.

Place inside your Fibres Bin. If it doesn't fit inside your bin, place it beside your bin.  Please do not place cardboard inside another cardboard box. 


Where Does it Go? 
Recycling (Fibres)

Remove any plastic inserts or wrap.

Tissue Paper and Paper Towel

Where Does it Go? 

Although it is a paper product, tissue paper, paper towels, and napkins cannot be recycled. Please place in your garbage. 


Where Does it Go? 
Recycling (Containers)

No ceramic, window or mirror glass.

Empty Paint Cans

Where Does it Go? 
Recycling (Containers)

Cans must be empty and lids removed – so our operators know they are empty.

Full paint cans can be taken to the EnviroDepot

Plastic Bags

Where Does it Go? 
Recycling (Containers)

NO bags that crinkle. i.e. frozen vegetable bags, salad bags, pet food bags, PVC or PVCD (saran) films, or any bags that contain food waste – these are garbage

Plastic bags should be bundled together (one inside another).

Ziplock sandwich bags are accepted BUT the zipper must be ripped off.


Where Does it Go? 

Expanded Polystyrene (#6) (i.e. tv packaging, etc.) cannot be placed in curbside recycling. It can be brought to the EnviroDepot as part of a pilot project for recycling.

 Coffee Cups & Fountain Drinks (especially those from big name brands)
Where Does it Go? 

Take out coffee cups and fountain drink cups must be placed in your garbage. They are not recyclable.

Straws must be placed in the garbage as well

What Can and Cannot be Recycled

Below is a general list of items that we accept and do not accept. If your item is not listed below, use the Wasteline App to find out how to dispose of that item.

Quick Reference Sheets



  • Empty Plastic Bottles
    • Bleach bottles
    • Fabric softener bottles
    • Laundry detergent bottles
    • Household cleaner bottles
    • Mouthwash bottles
    • Bath and shampoo bottles
    • Cough syrup bottles (#2)
    • Pop and water bottles
    • Sauce bottles
    • Vegetable oil
    • Hand cream or soap bottles
  • Outer milk bags (the bags with milk are garbage)
  • Plastic bags
    • Bread bags
    • Grocery bags
    • Dry cleaning bags
    • Ziploc/sandwich bags (the zippers must be removed
    • NO saran wrap – this is household garbage
    • Water softener bags
    • Frozen vegetable bags (no bags that crinkle)
    • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic cookie trays
  • Plastic take-out trays
  • Clear “clam shell” containers
  • Plastic egg cartons (#6)
  • Margarine and yogurt containers (#5)
  • Clean garden soil bags – no dirt
  • Flower pots – green, black or terracotta


  • Milk cartons (dairy, soy, almond, oat)
  • Juice
  • Soup
  • Broth
  • Wine
  • Drink boxes

 Aluminum, Metal & Cans

  • Empty and dried out paint, stain, and varnish cans – please remove the lids so our operators know they are empty
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Aluminum foil trays
  • Meat trays
  • Egg cartons
  • Large polystyrene from packaging is not accepted in regular recycling! Take it to the Enviro Depot


  • Empty Glass Bottles
    • Liquor bottles
    • Sauce bottles
    • Vegetable or olive oil bottles


  • Soft cover books (no hard covers)
  • Catalogues
  • Magazines
  • Telephone cooks
  • Clean fine paper
  • Coffee take out trays
  • Computer paper
  • Cosmetic packaging
  • Greeting cards (no foil)
  • Mixed household papers (flyers, junk mail, envelopes)
  • Newspapers
  • Paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls (toilet paper and paper towel themselves are not recyclable)
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cracker boxes
  • Cardboard boxes – Cardboard must be flattened and tied in bundles no larger than 76cm x 76cm x 20cm (30” x 30” x 8”) – a little bigger than an extra-large pizza box
  • Chocolate boxes
  • Dryer sheet boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Soap boxes
  • Tissue boxes
  • Toothpaste boxes
  • Toy cardboard packaging – no plastic attached
  • Medicine packaging
 Wrapping Paper
  • Gift wrap and packaging
  • Foil wrapping paper is garbage

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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