​​​​The Blue Box recycling program was introduced to collect all recyclable material. 

Blue boxes are collected every week. All blue boxes must be placed by the curb prior to 7 a.m. on your collection day (except Yonge Street and Industrial Parkway which is 6 a.m.).

What can be included in your Blue Box

Please find below a guideline for recycling paper products, corrugated cardboard, beverage cartons, metal, plastic and glass. Please remember to combine recyclables into one blue box - sorting is not required.

Materials Accepted​​​What to
How to PrepareNOT

*Spiral Wound Containers

 ​*New to Blue Box Program. If you have any questions or co​​ncerns about this addition please email 
environmentalservices@york.ca or call 1-877-449-9675 ext. 3000

​Cylindrical containers comprised of a paperboard body, steel base, and optional plastic lid - a typical example is the Pillsbury Dough package.​

Paper ProductsPaper items, such as cereal boxes, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, office paper and junk mail (window envelopes are okay).Remove plastic windows from pasta boxes, etc., covers from hard cover books, and plastic sleeves from newspapers and magazines.Soiled paper, paper towels, tissues, waxed paper, shredded paper, cookie bags, chip bags. NO plastic bags.
Corrugated CardboardAll corrugated cardboard - remove plastic wrap from water bottle trays (staples are okay).Flatten and tie in bundles no larger than 60cm x 60cm x 30 cm (36" x 36" x 8").No boxes with heavy food or grease stains (e.g. greasy pizza boxes can go in Green Bin).
Beverage Cartons
Tetra Pak® packages and milk/juice cartons/boxes.Rinse and do NOT flatten.No plastic wrap or straws. No foil pouches (e.g. Kool-Aid Jammers).
Coffee cups
MetalAll food/beverage metal cans, empty aerosol cans, empty & dry metal paint cans with lids removed. CLEAN aluminum foil/trays/plates.Rinse. Do NOT crush cans. Foil needs to be in loose balls of at least 3" diameter.No coat hangers, pots/pans, kitchen utensils or batteries. No propane cylinders.
Most rigid plastic containers including food containers, household cleaners, shampoo bottles and microwave trays.Rinse and leave lids on.

No toys, plastic bags, film or bubble wrap, Styrofoam, foam egg trays, lawn furniture, garden hoses. 
No motor oil containers, black plastic, crushed water bottles

water barrels, backyard composters, green bins and blue boxes.

GlassAll clear or coloured glass bottles and jars.Rinse, include lids separately.
No glass cookware, light bulbs, window or mirror glass, drinking glasses or ceramics (plates, mugs, etc.).


​Additional Blue Boxes

Additional blue boxes may be purchased for $10 at the Aurora Town Hall  from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with extended hours till 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Please note: The first Blue Box for a new resident or a replacement for a broken Blue Box is free of charge.​​​​​ Residents must call our contractor Green for Life (GLF) at 1-866-421-5625 to request a replacement bin or new resident package. All replacement bins must be to the curb on the date of exchange agreed with our contractor GFL in order to receive a replacement.

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