Halton Region announces enhancements to its Blue Box recycling program

Halton Region announces enhancements to its Blue Box recycling program

Release Date: Mar 28, 2018

Halton Region is enhancing its Blue Box program to make recycling easier for residents, reduce neighbourhood litter on windy days and contribute to regional waste reduction.

Starting the week of April 2, all Halton residents, businesses and facilities are able to recycle plastic bags (e.g., grocery bags, newspaper bags) and plastic overwrap (e.g. packaging on cases of pop or bathroom tissue). Residents in single family households also have more options for curbside recycling collection. Starting the week of April 2, residents can choose to place recyclables in clear plastic bags, continue to use the Blue Box only, or use a combination of both. This will not only provide more options to suit your household, but help to reduce recyclables that become litter on windy days.

“By providing more curbside recycling options and adding more acceptable items, Halton is keeping our neighbourhoods clean and reducing community waste,” said Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair. “Investments in customer service and program enhancements ensure that resident needs are met and that Halton is sustainable for future generations.”

Halton Region is encouraging residents to consider these tips when managing household recycling:

  • If continuing to use the Blue Box only, bundle all clean plastic bags and overwrap into one bag and tie shut before placing with other recyclable materials. This will help prevent plastic bags littering neighbourhoods on windy days.
  • All recyclable plastics should be rinsed, clean and dry.
  • Plastic bags and overwrap should be free of receipts, newspapers, cardboard or food before placing in the recycling.
  • There is no limit to the number of plastic bags or Blue Boxes collected each week.

To learn more about curbside recycling collection programs or acceptable items, visit halton.ca/bluebox.

You can also manage your waste collection services online or through your mobile device. Visit halton.ca/waste or download the OneHalton app to sign up to receive weekly waste collection reminders (email, phone or Twitter), use the Put Waste in its Place online sorting tool or sync your schedule to your personal calendar.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 550,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.


Media Contact:
Rachel Gardner
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7968