As of July 1, 2024, Circular Materials, via their contractor, GFL manages Thunder Bay’s recycling program. This transition does not impact recycling collection frequency and accepted materials. 

Also on July 1, GFL begins the use of an automated recycling cart system for collecting residential curbside recycling. After July 1, blue bags are no longer be used for your recycling. Recycling carts, which have been delivered, free, to detached homes in Thunder Bay, are to be used for curbside recycling.

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Check below for the garbage and recycling collection calendars for your area. You can also sign up for a reminder service to help you remember your collection days.

Maps, calendars, reminders, and the Waste Wizard

Enter your address below to see your collection dates, set up free reminders, or view/print your waste collection calendar.

You can also use the Waste Wizard here or on the mobile app to learn "what waste items go where"! 


Need assistance getting started? Call the Infrastructure & Operations Dispatch at 807-625-2195.

Printable garbage and recycling calendars

Printed calendars are delivered to households each Spring/Summer. You can also download a copy below.

Don't know your Area and Zone number?

It's easy to use the ReCollect service above to find out your Area and Zone. Just enter your address, and click the Area and Zone Information link to find your Area and Zone. Use that info to download a printable copy below!


Leaf & Yard Waste collection

In the spring and fall, the City provides leaf and yard waste collection on designated days.

Litter & waste reduction

We encourage everyone to help prevent litter in our City. We run waste reduction activities through the year.

Our Green Guide Cover

Our Green Guide is a comprehensive household waste reduction handbook for residents in the City of Thunder Bay. The guide offers information about the City's landfill and recycling programs, "green" community groups, and what to do with hazardous waste and electronic waste. Our Green Guide also includes and A-to-Z listing of items and their safe disposal/donation options. New edition coming soon. For quick answers, try the Waste Wizard above!

Landfill Site

The City operates the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility (Landfill) on Mapleward Road to help manage our waste. 

Report a problem

Residents can report a problem online regarding garbage and recycling or litter.

Solid Waste Management Strategy

The Solid Waste Management Strategy was completed and presented to City Council in April 2014. The SWMS provides direction for optimizing current and future residential, and industrial, commercial, and institutional solid waste programs to best meet Thunder Bay's needs over the next 20 years.

Other community contacts:

EcoSuperior Environmental Programs

GFL Environmental

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