Recycling Collection

RECYCLING is the best way to keep trash out of our landfills and help minimize our environmental footprint.

The Recycling Depot at the end of Clarke Street South will remain closed until further notice. Curbside recylcing is still being collected.  Please follow link to the Covid-19 updates for any further changes or notices. 

Recycling Routes

While garbage is picked up weekly, recylcing is on a two week cycle. There are five areas to line up with the days of the week, and each area is divided into two routes - Route 'A' and Route 'B'. To find out when we are in your area and what route you fall under, see the back of your City Services Calendar or follow the link to our Collection Schedule and Map page.

Please place your recycling out before 7:30 a.m. on your scheduled recycling route. Recycling must be placed in city-approved bins and sorted properly. Using the appropriate bins will help water drain properly on rainy days. Acceptable recycling bin criteria is noted lower down on this page. If you are placing your bins out the night before, help minimize blowing debris by following some helpful hints, also noted lower down on this page, for windy days.  

How to Sort Your Recyclable Materials

We have a two-stream recycling program and sorting your recyclables properly is an important part of the process. Materials must be sorted and separated into two separate bins Fibres and Containers:

  • Separate fibres materials (paper, box board) from containers materials (tin, plastic, glass, styrofoam, etc.). If you mix these two types of materials, your recycling will not be picked up.
  • If you have mixed materials in your bins, your recycling will not be picked up and you will need to sort them properly for the next collection day
  • Please remove any lids before placing your bin at the curb
  • Cardboard is to be flattened and bundled into packages no larger than 75 x 75 x 20 centimetres (30 x 30 x 8 inches) and should be placed along side of your containers
  • Items must be placed in your bins so they dump out freely
  • Please do not over stuff your bins
  • Additional bins may be purchased at the Engineering/Public Works building at 944 James Street
  • Keep the weight of your recycling containers under 20 kilograms or 44 pounds

How to Sort Your Recycling

What Can and Cannot be Recycled

Below is a general list of items that we accept and do not accept, with more details than the image above provides. If your item is not listed below, the Wasteline App located on our What Goes Where? page will identify how to dispose of that item. Please note: the link listed in the image above is broken, use the list below for reference.

 What Can be Recycled in Your Fibers / Paper Bin

  • Boxes - cereal, chocolate, cracker, dryer sheets, frozen food, pizza, shoe, soap, laundry detergent
  • Cardboard boxes - cardboard must be flattened and tied in bundles no larger than 76cm x 76xm 7 20cm (30"x 30"x 8")
  • Cardboard packaging - appliance, cosmetics, gift wrap - no foil packaging, medicine, tools & toys
  • Catalogues, magazines, telephone directories
  • Coffee take-out trays
  • Computer paper
  • Clean fine paper
  • Greeting cards (no foil please)
  • Mixed household papers (flyers, junk mail, envelopes)
  • Newspapers
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls
  • Paper plates - only if clean 
  • Soft cover books

 What Can be Recycled in Your Containers Bin

  • Aerosol cans – empty

  • Aluminum foil and trays - only if clean

  • Bakery trays (#6)

  • Bleach bottles, fabric softener bottles, bubble bath and shampoo bottles

  • Cardboard cans (juice cans, drink boxes, tetra-pak)
  • Cough syrup bottles (#2)
  • Frozen vegetable bags
  • Garden plastic pots –green, black or terracotta colour

  • Garden soil bags – if clean
  • Hand cream and hand soap bottles

  • Household cleaner and laundry detergent bottles
  • Household scrap metal (pots, pans, no tiny pieces)

  • Liquor bottles (hint: return to Beer Store - deposit)
  • Pop and water bottles

  • Margarine and yogurt containers (#5)

  • Microwave dinner trays, food pkgs (please rinse)

  • Milk and juice cartons

  • Medicine/Vitamin bottles – over-the-counter

  • Metal food and beverage cans

  • Mouthwash bottles

  • Outer milk bags - no inner liners please

  • Paint, stain and varnish cans – must be empty or dried out, otherwise take to EnviroDepot

  • Plastic bags -  bread, dry cleaning, grocery/retail, news paper bags, paper towel/toilet paper wrap, pop or soda, canned vegetable over wrap, produce, Ziploc or other zippered sandwich - zippers must be removed

  • Plastic cookie trays, take-out trays, clear “clam shell” containers - please rinse all containers - no organic material / residue

  • Plastic egg cartons (#6)

  • Plastic wrapping - around paper towels, toilet paper, soda cases, canned veggies, new paper
  • Polystyrene (#6)

  • Recycling bins - please leave note so driver knows to take the bin
  • Soup boxes

  • Styrofoam - only clean food containers, egg cartons, clean meat trays.  No bulk/packaging styrofoam!

  • Vegetable oil containers

  • Water softener bags

 What Cannot be Recycled in Your Fibers / Paper Bin

  • Carbon paper
  • Coffee cups
  • Construction paper
  • Diapers
  • Facial tissues (Kleenex), paper towels - if used or soiled  ONLY clean paper products please!
  • Hard covers on books (remove hard cover and recycle pages)
  • Metallic or foil wrapping paper
  • Wall paper
  • Waxed paper, waxed paper drinking cups, waxed cardboard, waxed coated cups, waxed ice cream containers
 What Cannot be Recycled in Your Containers Bin
  • Batteries - battery collection bins are located at many City facilities & new EnviroDepot on James Street
  • Brake fluid containers - take to EnviroDepot
  • Blister wrap and bubble wrap
  • Boxboard product waxed inner liners - cereal, crackers, etc.
  • Corrosive material bottles - take to EnviroDept
  • Crocker/Ceramic - kitchen dishes, coffee mugs
  • Flat flower trays, even if there is a #5 on the bottom
  • Foil/plastic multi-layered bags
  • Glass drinking cups
  • Light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes - take to EnviroDepot
  • Mason jars
  • Metal hangers
  • Metal that is not an empty food or beverage container - check EnviroDepot for acceptable items
  • Milk pouches
  • Motor oil containers or any other plastic oil bottles - take to EnviroDepot
  • Pesticide or herbicide bottles - some are accepted at EnviroDepot: check website for details
  • Plastic bags - salad & other pre-prepared vegetable bags, frozen vegetable bags, pet food bags, PVC or PVCD (saran) films, polystyrene, polyurethane foamed, polyporpylene, PETE trays, hazardous waste, medical waste or packages
  • Plastic drinking cups
  • Plastic patio furniture - take to EnviroDepot on James Street)
  • Plastic prescription pill jars
  • Plastic Saran/Glad wrap
  • Plastic toys
  • Propane cylinders - take to EnviroDepot
  • Rubber (i.e. car mats)
  • Small metal bits / pieces
  • Stiff/crinkly type bags (potato chip bags, non-plastic department store bags)
  • Straws
  • String
  • Styrofoam cups, packaging materials/Bulk styrofoam and small packaging nuts
  • Syringes
  • Transmission fluid and antifreeze containers - take to EnviroDepot
  • Windows, window glass, mirror glass, or any other broken glass - take to EnviroDepot
  • Wood - take to EnviroDepot

Tips for Windy Days

Recycling material remains the responsibility of the homeowner until the material is collected.

On windy days, litter and debris can be an issue when items are blown from curbside recycling boxes. Help reduce the litter and help keep your neighbourhood clean by following some proactive measures that are relatively easy and cheap. Your neighbours will appreciate it!

 What To Do On Windy Days

  • Set your Blue Box at the curb by 7:30 a.m. the morning of your collection day rather than the night before;
  • Stack your heavier recyclable items, such as books and magazines, on top of lighter fibre materials, to prevent materials from flying out;
  • Keep recyclables below the rim of your recycling box to prevent the wind from catching them.  Please use multiple recycling bins if you have a lot to recycle;
  • Flatten boxboard;
  • If possible, bring in your recycling containers from the curb soon after the material is collected 
  • When the wind is really strong, you may choose to either bring your recycling to our Recycling Depot off Clarke Street South or not place your recycling at the curb until your next collection day.

Acceptable Recycling Containers

Having the correct recycling containers makes pick up easier on our staff and ensures that your recycling is collected.

 Standard City Containers

  • Capacity under 122 L (32 U.S. gallons).
  • Maximum opening dimensions/diameter of 20".
  • Acceptable height of 24".
  • Containers must be in good condition. If broken, the recycling may not be picked up.
  • These containers may be picked up at the Office of the City Engineer, 944 James Street for $5.50 each. We accept cash, cheque or debit.

 Larger Type Containers

  • If the container is taller than 24", it must have a fixed handle and pocket handle for lifting (see image below).
  • Containers that do not have a handle, pocket handle, and the lid is fixed, are not considered an acceptable container.
  • Please remove the lid when placing it out at curb for pickup.
  • Containers must be in good condition. If broken, the recycling may not be picked up.
  • If container is greater than 122L, it must have integrated lift bar.
  • These containers are not sold through the City.

Approved Recycling Bins

Recycling Depot

Location: 944 James Street (Now located within the Enviro Depot)

SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION (April 1 - November 30)
No Appointments Required from Wednesdays through Fridays.
Reservations required for Saturdays.  Call 519-539-2382 ext. 3104. 3102 or 3182 before 4:15 p.m. Friday.  Appointments must be confirmed by staff for appointments to be valid.

  • Wednesdays - Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Holidays: Closed

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION (December 1 - March 31)
No Appointments Required.  This winter, fibres (paper) and containers will be accepted at the recycling depot drop-off area located within the Enviro Depot at 944 James Street.

  • Wednesdays - Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Holidays: Closed 

Wasteline App

If you do not know what day to set out your garbage or recycling, please access the When's My Pickup? page to assist you..

Not sure how to sort your recycling? The wasteline app tool will identify if an item is to be recycled, considered household waste, compostable or belongs in the landfill. Follow the wasteline app link above to find out what goes where.

Contact Us

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


Phone: 519-539-1291
TTY: 519-539-7268
Email: General Information

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