Blue Bag Recycling

Preparing Recyclables for Your Blue Bag

Example of a Blue Recycling Bag with Recyclables inside
  • Place material loose in the blue bag
  • Rinse all plastic and tin materials
  • Fold tin can lids inside the can if the lid is still attached, or place detached lids inside the can. Never recycle a loose, sharp lid because of the safety risk to sorting staff
  • Remove lids from plastic containers and place in waste cart
  • Rinse and recycle plastic containers
  • Rinse metal lids from jars, etc. and recycle the lid (place the glass jar in the waste cart)

Preparing Cardboard Boxes

  • Break down all boxes so they are flat
  • Cut up larger boxes to less than 3 feet in length
  • Place prepared cardboard boxes under your blue bag

Recyclable Material

For more information, view a detailed sorting list A-Z (PDF).

Plastic Containers With the Recycling Logo

Recycle Bottles
  • Bleach jugs
  • Dish soap bottle
  • Fabric softener bottle (empty)
  • Ice cream pails
  • Margarine tubs
  • Medicine bottles
  • Pill bottles, tubs and jugs
  • Plastic jugs
  • Plastic tubs
  • Take-out containers (no Styrofoam)
  • Yogurt containers

Tin/Aluminum Cans & PlatesRecycle Metals Tins

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Aluminum pie plate (clean)
  • Cans
  • Metal lids
  • Soup/vegetable cans
  • Tin can lids
  • Tin cans


  • Ad inserts
  • Books
  • Catalogues
  • Computer paper
  • Envelopes (plain or with plastic window)
  • Fast food paper containers (rinsed)
  • Flyers
  • Gift wrap (non-metallic)
  • Greeting cards
  • Loose paper
  • Magazines
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspapers
  • Paper napkins, plates and cups (clean)
  • Phone books
  • Soft cover books
  • Tissue paper


  • Appliance boxes (flattened and cut)
  • Boxboard (cereal, facial tissue, etc. boxes)
  • Boxes (flattened)
  • Cardboard (clean)
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Cereal boxes
  • Detergent boxes (empty)
  • Laundry detergent box
  • Moving boxes (flattened)
  • Shoe boxes

Non-Glass Drink Containers (Also Refundable at Bottle Depot)Alberta Depot

  • Beer cans
  • Juice bottles (plastic)
  • Juice boxes
  • Milk cartons
  • Milk jugs
  • Pop bottles (plastic)
  • Pop cans
  • Tetra Pak food/drink containers
  • Water bottles (disposable)

Note: items made from more than one type of material cannot be recycled and should be placed in your waste cart.