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What Goes Where Guides

What Goes Where Guides

Take a virtual tour of HRM's Recycling and Compost Facilities and see what happens when the collection truck pulls away from the curb!


Paper Recycling

  • Dry and clean paper
  • Newspapers, flyers
  • Glossy magazines, catalogues
  • Envelopes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paperbacks & phone books


Paper Recycling

Please note:

  • Newspaper and other recyclable paper products can be placed in any grocery/retail carry-out bag or other clear plastic bag.
  • Please do not mix paper in the same bag as blue bag recyclables.
  • You can keep paper dry by placing a second retail bag over the open end.


Corrugated Cardboard

Bundled - Place beside blue bag

  • Corrugated cardboard-(corrugated cardboard is 'waffled' between the layers eg. appliance boxes, pizza boxes)
  • Fold boxes flat. Tie in bundles, approximately 2 ft x 3 ft x 8 inches

Place the following items in a Blue Bag


  • All plastic bags including: grocery, retail, bread, dry cleaning & frozen food bags, bubble wrap.
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel & aluminum cans
  • Clean aluminum foil & plates
  • Paper milk cartons, Mini Sips & Tetra Juice Paks


*Deposit bearing beverage Containers can also be returned to any ENVIRO-DEPOT™ for partial refund of the deposit paid.

Please place all caps in the garbage.  Why don't we recycle caps?


  • The following electronic devices are not accepted for curbside collection. 

    • Televisions
    • Computers
      • Laptops and notebooks
      • CPUs
      • Monitors
      • Printers
      • Cables, mice, keyboards and other components within the computer
    • Audio and video playback and recording systems:
      • personal/portable audio/video systems, radios, speakers, CD players, MP3 players, stereos
      • digital cameras, video cameras and camcorders
      • VCR's, DVD players
      • clock radios
      • car stereo systems
      • home theatre in a box
    • Telephones (corded and cordless), fax and answering machines
    • Computer Scanners
    • Cell Phones and other wireless devices

  • To locate the nearest drop off centre visit or call 1-877-462-8907.
  • There is NO FEE to drop these items off for recycling.



Blue Bags vs Blue Boxes

Blue bags have been part of our program since the 1990's. There are a number of reasons HRM uses blue bags and not blue boxes for our recyclables:

  • Blue box programs are typically more costly as materials are sorted curbside at the truck. With bags we can collect a greater variety of materials in less time and then sort them at the recycling facility at less cost. This makes the blue bag program collection more efficient than other collection systems.

  • Blue bags have no space limitations because you can use as many or as few as you need. If you miss a collection you do not have to worry about the box not being big enough to hold all the material.

  • Blue box programs have been shown to have higher rates of contamination as it is easier to 'hide' unacceptable material where it cannot be easily inspected.

  • Blue boxes leave material open to the elements, reducing the value of the material and causing litter issues on windy days. Blue bags keep material dry, with less contamination and of higher market value typically.

  • HRM's recycling plant (materials recovery facility or MRF) is designed to handle bagged material that is tipped onto the floor and transferred to a conveyor sorting system. If the material were not bagged, it would be much more challenging to control and transfer loose material to the conveyor sorting system.

    • All of the blue bags collected in HRM's curbside program are recycled along with the rest of the plastic film we receive.

  • Bags are more convenient as you don't have to bring them in at the end of the day and there is no concern over them going 'missing' or getting damaged which can happen to a blue box.


Why don't we recycle bottle caps?

The most important reason is worker safety. When caps are left on bottles (which are filled with air), then are driven over by heavy equipment, or compressed in the baler, they basically become projectiles that can cause serious injury to staff at the plant.

The second reason is from a marketing perspective. Most bottle caps have an interior liner at the top which is of a different plastic type than the cap itself. This mix of plastics and the likelihood of contamination from food or beverage residue make the cap less desirable in the mixed plastic market.

As with all our recyclables, our programs try to ensure we obtain the highest market value for our materials. Another example of this is sorting paper separate and protecting it from the weather in plastic bags.


The third reason is one of practicality. Trying to pick and sort little bottle caps from the processing line from among all the other material would be more than challenging and not worth the effort of the extra resources needed to try.