‘Tis the Season to Sort It Out!

Get in the Recycling Spirit.Twelve days of cardboard, boxes, packaging, papers, and more! It all piles up during the holiday season, but you can stay a step ahead of yuletide clutter and do a favour for our community and landfill by recycling your holiday waste.

Keep recycling in mind this holiday season and remember to blue bag your regular recyclables in addition to these items below:

  • Gift Boxes
  • Cardboard Packaging
  • Plastic Containers
  • Disposable Aluminum Trays
  • Disposable Plastic Trays

Please note: Gift bags, holiday wrapping paper, tissues, and glass are not recyclable.

Recycling Never Takes A Holiday.

Get in the Recycling Spirit!

It’s the most recyclable time of the year, so get your family stuffing those blue recycling bags and leave the stocking stuffing to Santa. With all the throwaway material we create during the holidays, it’s the perfect time to start a recycling routine in your home – one you can carry through into the New Year. So be proactive and get in the recycling spirit. You’ll be giving the perfect gift to our community and the environment!


Blue Bags All The Way

What can I recycle?

A few “tricky” things to remember about recycling in the Town of Torbay:

  1. Milk cartons are recyclable containers. Be sure to put them in your blue bag and not in with paper products.
  2. Disposable baking trays & pie pans are recyclable aluminum containers. The metal ones you have used for years are not recyclable at the curb.
  3. Paper flyers, catalogues and ‘junk’ mail are recyclable papers. The plastic bags they may come in are not recyclable at the curb.

Separate your recyclables into these two main groups:


Paper Products & Boxes

  • Cereal boxes
  • Cracker boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Pasta boxes
  • Pizza boxes (take-out, delivery or frozen)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Packing Boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
Paper Products
  • Newspapers and flyers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Glossy paper and junk mail
  • Computer paper, writing paper, bond paper, Post-it notes
  • Phonebooks
  • Envelopes
  • Books
  • Empty toilet paper rolls and empty paper towels rolls
  • Egg cartons (the cardboard kind!)
  • Drink/Coffee Trays
  • Paper bags


Containers, Cans & Tetra

Aluminum Containers
  • Pop and beer cans
  • Disposable baking trays, pie plates, etc.
Tin Cans
  • Soup cans, coffee cans, beans, tuna, cat food, etc.
Plastic Containers
  • Water, pop and liquor bottles
  • Condiments, like barbeque sauce, ketchup, mustard, honey, etc.
  • Household cleaners, like dish and laundry detergent, bleach, Windex, windshield wash, etc.
  • Toiletries, like shampoo, mouthwash, hand soap, contact lens solution, body wash, etc.
  • Over-the-counter medicine, like Tylenol bottles, vitamins, cough syrup, etc.
  • Plastic tubs, like butter, sour cream, ice cream, etc.
  • Yogurt containers
  • Juice containers
  • Plastic flower pots
  • Plastic Containers #s 1-7
Other Containers
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Tetra paks


When do I recycle?

Household garbage pick-up takes place every week, Tuesday to Friday. Recycling pick-up takes place every second week, Tuesday to Friday. Click on image to get full schedule.