What to do with it when you're done with it
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  • Plastic bottles, jugs & containers (includes milk, juice, water, soft drink, condiment, shampoo, detergent, soap type jugs & bottles showing the "1" thru "7" recycle symbol on bottom), tubs and lids (e.g. margarine, yogurt, ice cream), baked good trays, plant pots (up to 12")
  • Plastic trays without a recycle symbol, plastic toys or other plastic products


  • Food and beverage bottles: Clear, green, brown
  • Broken glass containers, no other glass items, such as kitchenware, ceramics, drinking glasses, window glass, mirrors, or light bulbs


  • Beverage cans
  • Paint or aerosol cans, metal pots or any other metal products


  • Steel tin cans (includes vegetable, fruit, or soup types)
  • Paint or aerosol cans, metal pots or any other metal products

Tetra Paks and Drink Cartons

  • Milk, juice and soup


  • Newspaper, printing paper, magazines, inserts, junk mail, catalogues, fine paper* and paperback books, milk and fibre egg cartons (no styrofoam ones), paper towel and toilet paper rolls (empty)

    *FINE PAPER includes computer paper, photocopy paper, writing paper, white envelopes (with or without windows), and other high-quality papers.
  • Shredded paper, gift wrap or tissue paper, paper towels, paper cups, construction paper, coloured or wax paper, photographs, postcards or hardcover books


  • File folders and tubes from toilet paper


  • Including cereal/prepared food & detergent boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes, egg cartons

Bags and Packaging

  • Plastic bags, wrap or sheeting, blister paks (e.g. from packages of batteries, screws, small light bulbs), butter or cigarette wrappers, chip bags


  • Styrofoam packing materials,
    P-nuts, fast-food containers, egg cartons, plates or cups

Contact information

Solid Waste Transfer Station: (807) 467-2980

General Information

Recycling Services are FREE of charge. All solid waste materials are subject to applicable fees. Please help us keep the recycling services functioning and follow the guidelines to proper recycling.

Do's and Don'ts

Recyclables should be either BESIDE or INSIDE a proper blue box, and out by 8:00 a.m. on collection day to ensure trouble-free collection.

Plastic containers (with #1 to 7 in the recycle symbol) and tin cans together placed inside the blue box. All containers/cans must be rinsed and flattened.

White office/computer paper, newsprint, catalogues, magazines, telephone books, white paper envelopes (with or without window) and flyers should be placed in a bag on top of the blue box. Corrugated cardboard and boxboard must be flattened and placed inside a medium sized cardboard box beside the blue box (or in a grocery bag).

Steel tin cans. Rinse well. Place sharp lids inside cans and pinch ends closed. Paper can be left on the outside of the cans and does not need to be removed) drinking glasses, window glass, mirrors, or light bulbs.

Drink Cartons and Tetra Paks: Rinse, flatten, and place loose in blue box.

FINE PAPER (includes computer paper, photocopy paper, writing paper, white envelopes (with or without windows), and other high-quality papers.) Normal household quantities can be mixed with the papers listed above. If you have larger quantities from a home business or a move, keep fine paper separate, put it in clear plastic bags and tie for collection.)

No paint or aerosol cans in blue box. Save all of these types of cans for the Household Hazardous WasteDay.

Blue Box not picked up?

Your Blue Box may not have been picked up for one of these reasons:

  • Materials were not sorted properly
  • Contained glass containers
  • Contained non recyclable materials
  • Paper products were too wet
  • Contained garbage or dirty containers
  • Although you cannot put glass bottles and jars in your blue box, they can be dropped off free of charge at the Transfer Facility on Mellick Ave.

You can recycle plastic bags

Stores in Kenora offering plastic bag recycling include: Canada Safeway and Walmart. Bag recycling bins are usually found near the entrance. Stores accepting plastic bags are subject to change.