What cannot be recycled?


  • Pizza boxes or anything soiled with grease and/or food waste

  • Paper plates

  • Facial or bathroom tissue

  • Carbon paper

  • Disposable diapers

  • Hardcover books

  • Milk cartons

  • Plastic and wax paper

  • Frozen food containers

  • Paper towels


  • Aerosol cans

  • Solvent cans

  • Paint cans

  • Hangers

  • Medical wastes or needles

  • Oil filters


  • Any plastic container that is not a bottle, such as yoghurt containers, margarine tubs and microwave food trays.

  • Plastic food trays

  • Plastic bottles that have contained motor oil, pesticides or other hazardous materials

  • Styrofoam


  • Ceramics

  • Drinking glasses

  • Window glass

  • Mirrors

  • Light bulbs

  • Broken window and windscreen glass

  • Heat treated glass e.g. Pyrex, Corning Ware, Vision Ware

  • White opaque bottles

  • Laboratory or medical glass

  • Window glass, light bulbs, mirror glass, broken crockery, ovenproof glass or labware, drinking glasses, crystalware, or any porcelain, ceramics, pottery, florescent light tube


  • Explosives

  • Business/apartment maintenance waste

  • Empty containers of any type

  • Asbestos

  • Fluorescent lights

  • Household batteries

  • Medical wastes

  • Radioactive material

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Last Reviewed :   January 4, 2017
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