Recycling Collection

Recycling is the best way to keep trash out of our landfills and help minimize our environmental footprint. Curbside collection begins at 7:30 a.m. every other week on your scheduled day. Please place your recycling out between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Recycling must be placed in city-acceptable bins and sorted properly.  More information on sorting is listed at the bottom of this page.  Read our collection schedule and map.

Recycling containers

Place your recyclables in a standard recycling bin or in one of the approved large recycle containers. Approved contains are those that meeting the following criteria:

  • Capacity under 122 L (32 U.S. gallons)
  • Maximum opening dimensions/diameter of 20"
  • Acceptable height of 24"
  • If container is taller than 24". it must have a fixed handle and pocket handle for lifting
  • No lid when at curb for pickup
  • Containers must be in good condition
  • If container is greater than 122L, it must have integrated lift bar (see below)

Approved Recycling Bins

Standard size (24 inches) recycling containers may be purchased from the Engineering Office at 944 James Street for $5.50 (taxes included). We accept cash, cheque or debit.

Recycling depot

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 63 Clarke Street South (south of James Street)

**Note: The Recycling Depot will be closed from Friday, December 22, 2017 to Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Please do not drop off recycling during this time. Also, Friday, December 29, the depot will be open only unitl 12 noon.

If you have excess recycling material or not able to wait until your next recycling day, you may drop off those items at our recycling depot located at the end of Clarke Street. There are two bins for containers and 3 bins for fibre material. Please drop off only acceptable materials; no dumping and no hazardous waste. Clean styrofoam such as paper cups, food containers, packaging material and foam peanuts may be dropped off in a bin behind the gated area.

Please do not drop off your recycling if collection containers are not placed outside the gated area. The Recycling Depot will be closed on civic and statutory holidays.


Don't know what day to set out your garbage or recycling?  Try out our Wasteline App.

Not sure how to sort your recycling?  Check out this handy tool that will tell you whether to recycle, compost or landfill every imaginable type of  household waste.  Recycling App.

What can and can't be recycled

The following are examples of the types of materials that can and can't be recycled.


Not recyclable


Batteries (drop off containers located at the Engineer's Office, Library and Community Complex)

Glass jars

Glass drinking cups/broken glass (Broken glass should be placed in a container/box taped up and either placed in your garbage bag or if too large, place a tag directly on the container/box for garbage pick up.

Metals (tin cans, aluminum foil)

Metal hangers, small scraps of metal


Styrofoam (Packaging materials can now be dropped off at the Recycling Depot located on Clarke Street)


Waxed paper

Complete list of recyclable materials.

Complete list of materials that can't be recycled.

How to sort your recyclable materials:

Sorting your recyclables properly is an important part of the process. In general:

  • Separate fibres from containers
  • Remove all lids from containers
  • Cardboard is to be flattened and bundled into packages no larger than 75 x 75 x 20 centimetres (30 x 30 x 8 inches)
  • Keep the weight of your recycling under 20 kilograms or 44 pounds.

How to Sort

What to Put in Fiber Recycling Bin

  • Appliance cardboard packaging
  • Cardboard boxes (cardboard must be flattened and tied in bundles no larger than 76cm x 76xm 7 20cm
  • Cereal boxes
  • Chocolate boxes
  • Cracker boxes
  • Dryer sheet boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Soap boxes
  • Laundry detergent boxes
  • Tool cardboard packaging
  • Toy cardboard packaging
  • Cosmetic packaging
  • Medicine packaging
  • Gift wrap & packaging (no foil please, only regular wrapping paper)
  • Greeting cards (no foil please)
  • Mixed household papers (flyers, junk mail, envelopes)
  • Computer paper
  • Clean fine paper
  • Newspapers
  • Paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls
  • Soft cover books
  • Catalogues, magazines and telephone books
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Coffee take-out trays

What to put in the Container Recycling Bin

  • Aluminum foil and trays
  • Bakery trays (#6)
  • Bleach bottles, fabric softener bottles
  • Bubble bath and shampoo bottles
  • Hand cream and hand soap bottles
  • Mouthwash bottles
  • Household cleaner and laundry detergent bottles
  • Cough syrup bottles (#2)
  • Over-the-counter medicine and vitamin bottles (#2)
  • Liquor bottles (hint - why not take to Beer Store for deposit return)
  • Pop and water bottles
  • Cardboard cans (e.g. juice cans) and drinking boxes
  • Mike and juice cartons
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Frozen vegetable bags
  • Margarine and yogurt containers (#5)
  • Outer milk bags
  • Plastic bread bags
  • Plastic cookie trays
  • Plastic egg cartons (#6)
  • Plastic clamshell packaging
  • Soup boxes
  • Plastic grocery bags, shopping bags
  • Styrofoam - food containers
  • Polystyrene (#6)
  • Tetra-pak containers
  • Empty paint, stain and varnish cans
  • Water softener bags
  • Garden soil bags - if cleaned
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Individual green or hanging planters
  • Household script metal (e.g. pots & pans, not tiny pieces)
  • Plastic egg cartons

What not to put in FIber Recycling Bin

  • Waxed cardboard
  • Coffee cups
  • Carbon paper
  • Construction paper
  • Wall paper
  • Diapers
  • Hard covers on books (remove hard cover and recycle pages)
  • Facial tissues (Kleenex), paper towels
  • Metallic wrapping paper
  • Paper drinking cups
  • Waxed paper, wax coated cups

What not to put in Container Recycling Bin

  • Blister wrap and bubble wrap
  • Styrofoam packaging materials (bring this material to the Recycling Depot on Clarke Street)
  • Boxboard product inner liners (wax paper - cereal and cracker box liners)
  • Foil/plastic multi-layered bags
  • Glass drinking cups
  • Inner milk pouches
  • Plastic drinking cups
  • Saran wrap or sandwich bags
  • Stiff/crinkly type bags (potato chip bags, non-plastic department store bags)
  • Straws
  • Plastic prescription pill jars
  • Plastic toys
  • Flat flower trays, even if there is a #5 on the bottom
  • Plastic patio furniture
  • Brake fluid containers
  • Motor oil containers or any other plastic oil bottles
  • Transmission fluid and antifreeze containers
  • Pesticide or herbicide bottles
  • Corrosive material bottles
  • Windows, window glass, mirror glass, or any other broken glass
  • Light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Mason jars
  • Batteries (battery collection bins are located at many City facilities)
  • Metal that is not an empty food or beverage container
  • Small metal bits / pieces
  • Metal hangers
  • Crocker/Ceramic (kitchen dishes, coffee mugs)
  • String
  • 1lb propane cylinders
  • Syringes
  • Wood
  • Rubber (i.e. car mats)

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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