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Spray PaintAerosol Cans

These should be taken to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility (do not place in regular garbage for curbside collection). Aerosols are explosive and the propellants used in their manufacture can cause health effects. Look for nonaerosol alternatives.

Aluminum Siding (see also Metals)

Reuse siding on another project or donate to a friend’s project. Call Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore to see if you can donate it for resale. Deliver to a scrap metal dealer or to the Metals Laydown area at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility.

Antifreeze

Used or leftover antifreeze should be handled carefully to avoid spills, as it is very toxic. Its sweet taste makes it especially dangerous to children, pets and wildlife. No amount of antifreeze should ever be dumped on the ground, left spilled or left open. Safer types of antifreeze are currently on the market. They are still toxic, but less so. Take used or unwanted antifreeze to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility.

  • GFL Environmental, 3589 Hwy. 11/17, Rosslyn, 939-1717 (call ahead)

Antiques & Collectibles

  • Black Cat Antiques, 133 W. Frederica St., 623-5502

Donations received at:

  • The Salvation Army, 870 Red River Rd., 767-7768
  • The Salvation Army, 915 Memorial Ave., 343-0411

Appliances

Check the Yellow Pages for local listings of stores/companies that buy and/or dispose of large used appliances in working order. White goods that no longer work can be recycled for their metal content. Many appliance centres/retail outlets offer pick-up and disposal of fridges/freezers for a fee. Rates vary, depending upon services provided (e.g. drop off, pick-up and removal; freon removal & tagging only). Call for rates and provisions:

  • Ace Appliances, 300 Simpson St., 622-6665
  • Full Circle Recycling, 130 Gore St. W., 708-9948 (24/7 drop-off only). Call for more info. Microwaves also accepted.
  • General Appliance Centre, 145 Simpson St., 623-2312 (drop-off)
  • Harbour Metals, 700 Montreal St., 577-0873 (drop-off only)
  • St. Paul Electric, 220 Bay St. (small appliances only, including microwaves), 345-2800
  • Thunder Bay Rolloff, 620-3987 (free pick-up)
  • G&G Recycling, 939-1469 (free pickup, no fridges)
  • Dutchak Recycle Inc., 346-4785 (drop-off only) 

Without Refrigerant

  • Lakehead Scrap Metal, 106th St., 623-4559 (tagged)

Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility accepts old appliances for recycling of scrap metals. Stoves, washers and tagged (CFC-free) fridges, air conditioners and freezers. Landfill Site tipping fees apply. Additional charges may apply depending upon weight. To have CFCs removed from your fridge/freezer/air conditioner first, contact a local appliance centre that will tag your appliance for a fee before you drop it off at the metal laydown area (white goods) of the landfill.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral fibre found in rocks. It has been used in the past in a variety of products for its fire-retardant properties. but has been banned because of negative health effects. Older sheet flooring and vermiculite insulation may contain asbestos. Removing asbestos or products that contain asbestos is not a do-it-yourself job - contact an expert. Check the Yellow Pages under Asbestos Removal & Abatement or Insulation Contractors.

Removal:

  • Asbestrol Services Inc, 801 Vickers St. N, 622-2879
  • R.A. Milne Crushing, and Lappe Industrial Landfill, 767-7281

Testing:

  • True Grit Consulting, 1263 Innovation Dr., 626-5640

Asphalt

  • Pioneer Construction, 1344 Oliver Rd., 345-2338

Scrap TVsAudiovisual Equipment (see also Computers)

Televisions, stereos, DVD players or VCRs can be donated to local charities or schools if in good working order. Like other electronics, these devices contain small amounts of metals and various hazardous wastes, so when they are no longer working and can’t be repaired, recycle them responsibly.

  • Pack Pros, 1615 Rosslyn Rd., 344-8799 – offers recycling services at no charge for the following designated materials such as: desktop computers, portable computers/laptops, computer peripherals (e.g.: keyboards, mice, disk drives), printing devices (e.g.: desktop printers, fax machines), televisions, monitors.
  • Staples Business Depot, 767 Memorial Ave., 343-2506
  • Best Buy, 767 Memorial Ave., 346-1900
  • Re-Use Catholic Action Centre 622-6139 (equipment must be working)

These items are also accepted at a special bin at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Hazardous Waste Depot. For more information and drop-off locations, call 625-2195 or check the www.dowhatyoucan.ca website or www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.

Automobiles

Check local Yellow Pages under “Auto Wrecking” or “Scrap Metal” for companies who will accept/dispose of and offer payment depending upon weight. Call for information and provisions:

Recycling

  • Central Auto Parts, 150 Fortune Street, 345-3032
  • T & T Auto Supply Ltd, 427 Kingston Street, 475-4227
  • Thunder Bay Auto Parts, 520 Squier Street, 344-7201

Donations

The Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline program (623-0887/1-800-505-5525) will accept your old vehicle, provided it is running, as part of their Car Heaven Program. For further information or to donate a vehicle, call or visit www.carheaven.ca. Vehicle Donation Program: 1-888-731-7311

BatteriesBatteries

Rechargeable Batteries/Cell Phone Batteries/Laptop Batteries

  • Lowe’s, 1000 Fort William Road, 473-2200
  • The Source, Intercity Mall, 622-8530
  • The Source, Arthur Street Marketplace, 475-8232
  • Touch Unwired, 1080 Lithium Dr., 623-1211 (bin located on site)
  • Best Buy, 767 Memorial Ave., 346-1900
  • Walmart, all Thunder Bay locations

Rechargeable Batteries only

  • Home Depot, 359 Main Street, 624-1100 (includes tool batteries)

Car Batteries

  • Hazardous Waste Depot at Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility
  • Auto Parts Central, 1239 Amber Dr., 344-6800
  • Lakehead Scrap Metal, Mission Island, 623-4559 (for a fee)
  • Lakehead Alternator and Starter Co. Ltd., 1239 Amber Dr., 345-9601 (side door)
  • Magnacharge Battery, 665 Beaverhall Pl., 622-8225
  • I&M Electric, 580 Squier St., 345-3151

AA , AAA , C, D, 9, 6 & 12 Volt

  • EcoSuperior, 562 Red River Road, 624-2140
  • Hazardous Waste Depot at Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility
  • Lowe’s, 1000 Fort William Road, 473-2200
  • MGM Electric, 724 MacDonnell St., 345-7767 (for a fee)
  • Magnacharge Battery, 665 Beaverhill Pl., 62208225 (no fee)
  • Staples, 767 Memorial Ave., 343-2506
  • Victoriaville Civic Centre, 111 Syndicate Ave. S.
  • All branches of the Thunder Bay Public Library, 345-8275
  • Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, 700 River Street, 684-3066

Button Batteries (including hearing aid batteries)

These can be dropped off at the jewelry departments of WalMart and Sears.

Bicycles

  • Bicycles for Humanity Thunder Bay is an independent local group of volunteers who gather unwanted bikes and ship them to Africa. Bikes can change lives in developing countries, yet for millions of low-income people, a new bicycle is financially out of reach. To get involved, to arrange a pickup, or for further information call 620-4769 or visit www.B4Hthunderbay.org.. 
  • The Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts used bicycles: 660 Squier St., 346-4884.

Books/Magazines/Comics

Donations

  • Thunder Bay Public Library, books in good condition accepted at all branches, visit www.tbpl.ca

Recycled

  • Soft cover books are accepted with curbside recycling (hard covers must be removed first)

Book/Magazines/Comic Sales

  • The Book Shelf, 920 Memorial Ave., 345-1159
  • Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program, 623-0887 (1-800-505-5525)
  • Super Thrift, 107 Johnson Avenue, 345-2277 (pickup can be arranged)

Comic Sales

  • Hill City Comics & Cards, 26 Court St. S., 344-8774
  • Comix Plus/Music Exchange, 186 Algoma St. S., 345-5700Bricks

Brick/Masonry/Tiles

Reuse leftovers in other, smaller projects or give to a friend for re-use. Deliver to a local clean-fill wanted site, if available.

Donate to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 660 Squier St., 346-4884.

Building Materials

Donations

ReStore (the building materials outlet of Habitat for Humanity) at 660 Squier Street takes donations of new and used building materials that are reusable. These materials are then sold for 30-50% less than retail price. Proceeds go to fund raising in order to build affordable homes under their initiative within our community. ReStore accepts doors, windows, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures/parts, (toilets accepted in late spring & summer only) lumber, flooring, moulding, kitchen cabinets, hinges, nails and screws and more. Call 346-4884 for more information.

Cans (Aluminum or Steel)

Place in your container bag for curbside recycling, or use City of Thunder Bay Recycling Depots (Front Street, Walsh Street or at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility). No need to crush or remove labels. Charity donation bins located around the city also collect aluminum pop cans.

Cardboard

Flatten corrugated cardboard boxes and bundle. Maximum bundle size is no larger than 3’ x 2’ x 1’. Place next to your recycling bags for curbside collection or deliver to the Recycling Depots (Front Street, Walsh Street or at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility).

CDs/Tapes/Records

  • Comix Plus/Music Exchange, 186 Algoma Street S, 345-5700 (not accepting VHS tapes)

Cell Phones

Recycled/Donations

  • Touch Unwired, 1080 Lithium Dr., 623-1211 (bin located on site)
  • Canadian Diabetes Association, 1-800-505-5525 (Think Recycle)

PRO Kids

Cell phones are accepted for recycling year-round at the following Green Recycle boxes in the community:

  • Touch Unwired, 1000 Fort William Rd., 768-6824
  • The Power Centre, 707 Memorial Ave., 345-2877
  • Touch Unwired, 1080 Lithium Dr.
  • Victoriaville Civic Centre, Community & Emergency Services Department, 111 Syndicate Ave. S.

    Contact Laura Daniele at PRO Kids, 626-3212

Visit recyclemycell.ca for additional drop-off locations.

Children’s Toys

Donations

  • The Salvation Army, 870 Red River Rd., 767-7768
  • The Salvation Army, 915 Memorial Ave., 343-0411
  • Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program, 623-0887 (1-800-505-5525)

Also check the Yellow Pages under Second Hand Stores - some local stores will buy used toys in good condition.

Christmas Trees

The City of Thunder Bay Christmas Tree Collection program is offered for approximately thre weeks after the holiday season. Call 625-2195 for this year’s tree collection locations. Please remove all bags, tinsel and ornaments from your tree before taking it to your neighbourhood Collection site. Trees are collected and taken to the municipal composting site.

Cleaning Products

Items that are labeled toxic, corrosive or poisonous should be brought to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility.

Clothing

  • Canadian Diabetes Association, 1-800-505-5525 (Clothesline) offers pick-up of donations as well as drop-off bins around town. Call 623-0887 for bin locations.
  • The Salvation Army, 870 Red River Rd., 767-7768
  • The Salvation Army, 915 Memorial Ave., 343-0411
  • Super Thrift, 107 Johnson Avenue, 345-2277 (pickup can be arranged)
  • Twice As Nice, 250 May St. N., 622-7575

Also check the Yellow Pages under Second Hand Shops - some local stores will buy used items in good condition or take them on consignment.

Coat Hangers (wire or plastic)

  • The Salvation Army, 870 Red River Rd., 767-7768
  • The Salvation Army, 915 Memorial Ave., 343-0411
  • Twice As Nice, 250 May St. N., 622-7575

Fall leavesCompostables

Take compostables to the Municipal Compost area at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility, or look for the leaf symbol on the waste collection calendar for spring and fall leaf and yard waste curbside collection dates. Better yet, start composting at home in your own backyard.

  • Call EcoSuperior to purchase your own City-subsidized backyard composter for $25, 562 Red River Rd., 624-2141.
  • The gate fee at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility applies to dropping off compostable materials. Revenue collected from compostables is used to offset the costs of providing free compost back to residents, usually each spring.

Computers & Electronics

The following recyclable items can be taken to any of the following locations, which offer recycling services at no charge.

List of items:

Desktop Computers, Portable Computers/Laptops, Computer Peripherals (keyboard, mouse, fax machines, modems), Televisions, Monitors, Printing Devices including Copiers, Scanners, Typewriters, Photo Printers, Telephones, Cellular Phones, Answering Machines, Pagers, PDAs, Image, Audio and Video Devices (cameras, radios, speakers, audio/video players, equalizers, (pre)amplifiers, receivers, tuners, turntables)

Recycling at no charge

  • City of Thunder Bay E-Waste Depot, Solid Waste & Recycling Facility, 5405 Mapleward Rd., 625-2195
  • Pack Pros, 1615 Rosslyn Rd., 344-8799 (will pick up)
  • Staples, 767 Memorial Ave., 343-2506 (TVs no larger than 32")
  • Best Buy, 767 Memorial Ave., 346-1900
  • ACO Computer and Electronic Solutions, 307 Euclid Ave., 623-7807
  • Full Circle Recycling, 130 Gore St. W., 708-9948 (24/7 drop-off)
  • PC Medic, 1319 E. Victoria Ave., 626-9009 (computers but not electronics)
  • Harbour Metals, 700 Montreal Street, 577-0873
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 660 Squier St., 346-4884

Donations

  • The Salvation Army, 870 Red River Rd., 767-7768 (Pick-Up Service: 1-800-757-4483 - call for more info)
  • The Salvation Army, 915 Memorial Ave., 343-0411 (call first)
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 660 Squier St., 346-4884
  • Absolute Recycling Centre, 835 Vickers St. N., 285-8242 - call for rates and collection info

Also check the Yellow Pages under Second Hand Stores or Computers – some local businesses will buy used computers in working condition.concrete rubble

Concrete

Check local bulletin boards and want ads for residents or businesses seeking clean fill.

  • All Trades Contracting, 404 - 1100 Memorial Ave., 626-2220

Craft Supplies

Check with your neighbourhood school or childcare for items they may be able to use.

Dehumidifiers (see Appliances

 

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) - (see Computers

 

Egg Cartons

There are three main types of egg cartons: fibre (paper), plastic and styrofoam. Only the fibre cartons are recyclable, in your curbside blue bag collection or at the depots. Plastic and styrofoam egg cartons are not recyclable. You may wish to check with a local school or childcare to see if they could reuse them for crafts, or an egg seller at the local farmers’ market.

Eyeglasses

Some local optical shops collect and ship useable eyeglasses for use in developing countries. These include:

  • Fort Optical 2-1101 Arthur St. W. (Arthur Street Marketplace) 623-3678
  • Ham’s, 124 Centennial Square, 623-2020
  • Hakim Optical, 1086 Memorial Ave., 577-2020
  • Hakim Optical, 605 Arthur St. W., 577-1000

Fine Paper Shredding

Many residents and businesses are concerned about identity theft and confidentiality when recycling paper. Shred your documents before placing them in the blue bag. Personal shredders can be purchased at most stores that sell office supplies.

Residential/Business on-site shredding of all paper documents can be arranged by contacting Enviroshred, www.enviroshred-recordmanagement.com, 475-5009.

Fire Extinguishers

Check the tag on your fire extinguisher to find out when it is due to be refilled and certified. If it is too old to be recertified, take it to SPI Health and Safety, 782 MacDonnell St., 344-3473.

Fixtures – (see Building Materials)

 

Flooring/Carpeting

Leftover tiles in full boxes may be returned to your retailer in most cases. Older flooring or carpets that are clean and fit for re-use may be accepted at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 660 Squier St. Note that some older sheet flooring may contain asbestos - consult a flooring expert before you remove such flooring as it could be hazardous.

Fluorescent Lights and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

While fluorescent lights are the recommended energy-efficient choice for lighting, they do contain a small amount of mercury. A very toxic substance, mercury is the reason behind many of the fish consumption advisories in our region. Therefore, when fluorescent bulbs burn out, they should not be put in the regular garbage

Residential

  • Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility
  • Lowe’s, 1000 Fort William Road, 473-2200 (CFLs only)
  • Westburne Electric Supply, 1231 Amber Dr., 344-3100. Accepts boxed/packaged tubes but not loose. Call for applicable fees.
  • Gescan-A, 565 Dunlop St., 623-8404. Call for applicable fees.

Commercial

  • MGM Electric, 724 MacDonnell St., 345-7767 (PCB-free ballasts are also accepted). Call ahead for applicable fees. Small fee for handling.

Fuel Tanks

Cleaning

  • GFL Environmental, 3589 Hwy. 11/17, Rosslyn, 939-1717 (outdoor tanks only) 
  • Potter Environmental, RR 2 Haniak Rd., 939-2994

Empty Tanks

  • Harbour Metals, 700 Montreal St., 577-0873
  • Lakehead Scrap Metal, Mission Island, 623-4559
  • Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility

ChairFurniture

Place an ad in a local newspaper, newsletter or on a bulletin board.

  • The Salvation Army, 870 Red River Rd., 767-7768
  • The Salvation Army, 915 Memorial Ave., 343-0411
  • Super Thrift, 107 Johnson Avenue, 345-2277 (pickup can be arranged)
  • Twice as Nice Thrift Store, 25 May St. N., 622-7575

Resale

  • Big Ed’s Furniture and Consignment House Ltd, 60 Algoma St. S., 344-3777

Gift Wrap/Greeting Cards

Gift wrap is not recyclable because of the high ink content used in the paper. To avoid waste, try wrapping gifts in reusable bags, fabric, towels, blankets, newsprint or old maps. Greeting cards and gift wrap can be re-used in crafts or cut up to create gift tags.

Glass

Plate glass windows are not accepted by recycling programs, but if unbroken and in good condition will be accepted by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Glass in the form of wine, beer and spirit containers purchased in Ontario can be returned to The Beer Store (or other designated Bulk Return Locations) for a full deposit refund. This includes glass bottles, bag-in-box, Tetra Pak containers, plastic bottles (PET), and aluminum and steel containers on which deposits have been charged. Glass jars and bottles are accepted in the City of Thunder Bay recycling program in your curbside "container" bag and also at the recycling depots. Due to transportation and fuel costs, and the limited availability of end markets for glass, it is prohibitive to recycle it. However, the glass is crushed and used to create road base material for landfill roads. Used glass containers also make great storage containers for craft supplies and hardware.

Hearing Aids

  • The Canadian Hearing Society, 300-135 Syndicate Ave. N., 623-1646.

Humidifiers (see Appliances)

 

Insulation

Use leftovers to soundproof interior walls or for extra insulation in the attic. See also Building Materials.

Juice Boxes – Tetra Paks – Milk Cartons

Juice boxes, milk cartons and other similar containers are accepted in the City of Thunder Bay Recycling program, for curbside pick-up and at the depots.

NewspapersMagazines/Catalogues/Junk Mail/Newspapers

Place these items in your paper product bag for curbside recycling collection, or use the recycling depots at Front Street, Mountdale Avenue or at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility.

Medicines & Pharmaceuticals

Flushing unused or expired medicines and prescription drugs down the toilet or drain is not a safe method of disposal, since the drugs pass through the waste water treatment plant and back into the environment. Putting them in the garbage is also not recommended. Bring unused or expired pharmaceuticals to your dispensing pharmacy for proper disposal. Phone first to ensure your pharmacy will accept the items for disposal. Expired non-prescription and prescription drugs may also be taken to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility. See also Sharps/Needles.

Mercury

Mercury is used in many household products. It is a potent neurotoxin and can cause serious health effects even in small amounts. Fish consumption advisories in our region are due to mercury that is present in fish. When mercury from household products is spilled, poured down the drain or thrown in the garbage, it can contaminate the environment. Contact EcoSuperior at 624-2140 if you have a mercury spill in your home. Never use a vacuum or broom to clean up spilled mercury – it can vapourize and be inhaled. Be aware of the following products that contain mercury, and dispose of them properly. 

Fluorescent Light Tubes & Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

See Fluorescent Lights and Compact Fluourescent Bulbs  above.

Mercury Thermometers

Choose a digital thermometer instead. Dispose of mercury thermometers at the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility.

  • Emco, 933 Tungsten St., 346-6311
  • Ecco Supply, 1131 Central Ave., 346-4464

Vehicle Switches

  • Lakehead Scrap Metals, Mission Island, 623-4559

Thermostats

Scrap Metal

Metals

  • Dutchak Recycle & Scrap Metal, 705 Hammond Ave., 346-4785
  • Harbour Metals, 700 Montreal St., 577-0873
  • Lakehead Scrap Metals, Mission Island, 623-4559
  • Full Circle Recycling, 130 Gore St. W. (scrap metal recovery services), 708-9948 

 

 

Microwaves (see Appliances)

 

Milk Cartons (see Juice Boxes)

 

Musical Instruments

Contact your neighbourhood school or Lakehead University to see if there may be students interested in your unwanted instrument. Those in good working condition may also be sold or donated.

  • Music World Academy Ltd., 443 Simpson St., 623-8821 
  • Super Thrift, 107 Johnson Avenue, 345-2277 (pickup can be arranged)

Oils

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil is not classified by the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility as hazardous waste, but it does pose problems for regular garbage collections because it can leak out of garbage trucks and cause road hazards. Therefore, cooking oil should not be put out for garbage collection. Residents are encouraged to save up their oil in a container and take it out to the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility for disposal.

  • Rothsay (204-233-7347), a Winnipeg company that recycles the oil from various products (one being a protein product for animal feed), does collect large quantities of cooking oil from commercial establishments, such as restaurants.

Home Heating Oil

  • GFL Environmental, 3589 Hwy. 11/17, Rosslyn, 939-1717, will pick up old oil – possible fee.

Motor Oil, Used Oil Filters

Motor oil is toxic and should never be disposed of down the drain or into a storm sewer. If you change vehicle oil yourself, the used oil should be put into a clean portable container and taken to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility or dropped off at one of the following locations (5 gallons max.):

  • GFL Environmental, 3589 Hwy 11/17, Rosslyn, 939-1717 (call first)

Oil Tanks (see Fuel Tanks

 

Paint (Latex & Oil Based)

Cans of used paint may be brought to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility. They also operate a paint exchange where residents can pick up usable, partially full cans at no cost. The depot is open daily during regular Landfill hours. For more information, call the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility Information Hotline, 623-5756. When you have used up a can of paint, leave the lid off until it dries thoroughly, and then take to the metal laydown area at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility.

Paint Removers/Solvents

These are toxic substances that should be clearly labelled and taken to the Hazardous Waste Depot at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility. Pass on partially used containers to a friend or neighbour to use. Used Pallets

Pallets/Skids

Bring to the Wood Waste laydown area at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility. Some shipping/trucking companies may take them. Check the Yellow Pages.

Paper/Paper Products

Put these in your paper bag for curbside recycling collection, or bring to your nearest recycling depot. See also Fine Paper Shredding.

Pens & Writing Instruments

Spent writing instrument recycling:

  • Staples, 767 Memorial Ave., 343-2506

Pesticides & Fertilizers

These items can be hazardous to pets, wildlife and water supplies. Please dispose of them at the Hazardous Waste Depot at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility. For information on safer alternatives, contact EcoSuperior at 624-2140.

Pet Waste

Small quantities may be flushed down the toilet. Alternatively, you may double-bag cat/dog waste and place in another container like a detergent box for curbside pick-up with your regular garbage.

Phone Books

Use the TBayTel collection bins (in June/July after new phone books are delivered – contact TBayTel, 623-4400 for bin locations). Note: the City's curbside recycling program and depots also accept phone books in your paper product recycling bag.

Phones (see Computers & Electronics

 

Plastic Bottles #1 & #2 with necks

Put these in your container bag for curbside recycling collection, or bring to the recycling depots. In Thunder Bay, only plastic bottles labelled as #1 and #2 with small necks can be recycled. Recycled plastic is used to make carpet, clothing, sleeping bags, trash cans, fencing and many other products. Check the container (usually the bottom) for the number symbols. Plastics labeled #3 to #7 (shopping bags, styrofoam, tubs and lids) are not currently accepted for curbside recycling. Residents should separate their plastics, and plastic items that are not recyclable should be kept for reuse or placed in the garbage for disposal at the Landfill. Check with your local school or childcare to see if they can use them.

Plastic Shopping Bags

Disxposable plastic bags are a significant litter source in our community. Re-use if you can, or carry cloth or reusable bags. Plastic bags are not accepted in the City of Thunder Bay recycling program.

Plastic shopping bags are accepted at:

  • all Metro locations
  • all Walmart locations
  • all Safeway locations

Printer Cartridges

Donations

  • Canadian Diabetes Association at 623-0887

Reuse

– Some cartridges may be refilled–try the following:

  • Island Ink-Jet, 809 May St., 623-9011
  • Staples, 767 Memorial Ave., 343-2506

Recycling

  • Lowerys, 540 Central Ave., 344-6666

Propane Tanks

One-Pound Tanks & Large Tanks

Large Tanks Only

  • Big Pines Trailer Sales Ltd., 344 Cumberland St. N., 345-9721

Pumpkins

EcoSuperior and the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling Services Section offer The Great Pumpkin Compost Collection. For one week after Hallowe’en, pumpkins can be taken to collection bins located throughout the City to become compost. Call 625-2195 for this year’s pumpkin collection locations.

Refrigerators (see appliances

 

Sharps/Needles

People who use needles regularly, such as those with diabetes, should contact their supplier/pharmacy for instructions on safe disposal of used sharps. If you find a needle on your property or in the community, call one of these Superior Points volunteers:

    Rick - 625-8831
    Lori - 625-7996
    or Toll-Free 1-888-294-6630

for disposal information. Children should be told never to touch a needle, but to report its location to adults. For the health and safety of your community and sanitation workers, used needles are not accepted in the garbage. (Contact Waste Management at 625-2195 for more information on proper disposal of sharps).

Sporting Goods

Resale

  • Play it Again Sports, 920 Memorial Ave., 622-8282

Donations

  • Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program, 623-0887 (1-800-505-5525)
  • The Salvation Army, 870 Red River Rd., 767-7768
  • The Salvation Army, 915 Memorial Ave., 343-0411
  • Super Thrift, 107 Johnson Avenue, 345-2277 (pickup can be arranged)
  • Twice As Nice, 250 May St. N., 622-7575

Styrofoam

Pellets

  • The UPS Store, 1100 Memorial Ave., 623-5520
  • The UPS Store, 307 Euclid Ave.. 577-9494
  • The UPS Store, County Fair Plaza, 767-4544

Styrofoam blocks

Large blocks cannot be recycled. Add to your regular garbage for pick-up.

Coffee cups, styrofoam egg cartons

These items cannot be recycled and must be put out with your regular garbage. Look for alternatives: reuseable mugs, fibre egg cartons.

Telephones (see Computers & Electronics

 

Tetra Paks (See also Juice Boxes)

Juice box containers and milk cartons are accepted in the City of Thunder Bay recycling program. Tetra paks of wine or liquor purchased at the LCBO or the Beer Store are returnable to the Beer Store for a deposit. For details, see www.bagitback.ca.

Thermometers (See Mercury

 

Used TiresTires

Ontario residents no longer have to pay fees for the proper disposal of scrap tires. Residents can bring up to four  scrap tires for disposal at no charge to a registered collection location. Registered collectors include municipal landfills, tire dealers, scrap dealers, and various automotive dealerships. Please visit the Ontario Tire Stewardship website www.rethinktires.ca for a complete list of registered collectors within or near Thunder Bay.

Business or Commercial vehicle tires:

  • Pack Pros Plus, 1615 Rosslyn Rd., 344-8799 (commercial tires only). Call for information on rates and collection options.
  • Trillium Tire, 835 Vickers St. N., 285-8242 (call for rate & collection info)

Toilets

Take old toilets to the landfill to be crushed. If white and in working order, toilets can be taken to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 660 Squier St., 346-4884.

Trophies

Harbour Metals, 700 Montreal St., 577-0873 will accept steel trophies.

Vacuum Cleaners

St. Paul Electric will accept old vacuum cleaners and small household appliances (blenders, mixers, microwaves, etc.). They offer repair and parts to help you reuse old appliances. Please call first. St. Paul Electric, 220 Bay St. 345-2800.

Wood

If you have used pallets, some trucking/shipping companies may accept them for re-use.

Yard Waste

Brush, branches, leaves, garden debris: take to municipal compost area at The City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility or check your waste management collection calendar for spring and fall pick-up days.


More information: 

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For information about City of Thunder Bay Infrastructure & Operations programs including waste collection, recycling or hazardous waste, call our dispatcher at 625-2195.