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Recycling Guidelines

Collection of recycling is provided bi-weekly; please refer to the attached 2016 Waste Calendar to determine your zone.

Recycling must be at the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the day prior to your collection day or before 7:00 a.m. on collection day. There cannot be any material set out on the road or in the gutter.

There is no limit to the number of recycling or compostable containers.  Blue boxes will be delivered free of charge to new residents of Sarnia owning detached dwellings as of 2012.  Additional blue boxes can be purchased from Public Works and Customer Service, first floor City Hall for $7.00 per box.

Recyclables will be collected in 83 litre (22 gal) blue box, transparent bags or small roll carts. Lids on carts can be broken and make it  difficult for the recycling company to sort collectable material from non-collectable material. 

All plastics coded 1-5 and 7 and plastic bags can be recycled; separation of material is no longer required. There is no limit on the number of recycling containers, but must not weigh more than 22 kilograms (48 pounds) per container. Below is a breakdown of acceptable and unacceptable recycling material. For any unacceptable material, please see our Non-Collectibles page for businesses that will accept the noted items.

Acceptable Fibre

Acceptable Glass, Cans, Plastic

Unacceptable Blue Box Items

Household Paper
Boxboard (cereal boxes)
Office Paper
Corrugated Cardboard
Paper Tubes
Clean Pizza Boxes
Books (hard covers removed)

Small Plastic Containers Coded 1-5 and 7 - rinsed
Plastic Clam Shell Containers
Empty, Dry Metal Paint Cans
Glass Bottles
Blister Packaging
Tetra Pak Boxes
Milk and Juice Cartons
Aluminum Plates and Trays

Clean Plastic Bags Bundled

Motor Oil Bottles
Aerosol Cans
Broken Glass
Plastic Paint Cans
Glass Dishes
Hazardous Waste
Medical Equipment
Auto Parts
Building Materials
Fast food coffee cups
Plastic film (wrap)
Flower Pots & Trays

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 519-344-1932.

Sarnia's Waste Collection By-Law 

If your waste is set out prior to the designated day or placed on the road or gutter it contravenes Sarnia’s Waste Collection By-Law 62 of 2006. Contraventions of this By-Law can result in fines set by the court.


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