Effective May 1, the City of Thunder Bay will be expanding its recycling program to allow residents to recycle all #1 through #7 coded plastic containers.

The recycling program expansion will allow residents to recycle plastic containers such as yogurt, margarine and sour cream containers. Prior to the expansion, residents were only allowed to recycle #1 and #2 coded plastic containers. 

“We are very pleased to be able to expand our recycling program,” said Jason Sherband, Manager – Solid Waste & Recycling Services. “This is something the community has been asking for, for a very long time. To finally get to the point where we can offer this service, is really exciting. We now have a program of acceptable material that is comparable or better than any other recycling program in the province.”

Expanding plastic recycling is an action item of the City’s Solid Waste Management Strategy. This expansion will not only help simplify what is accepted in the recycling program, but will ultimately result in less waste being sent to the landfill. 

Residents are reminded to check the label on the containers to ensure they are recyclable and to always clean the items. This will ensure the stream does not get contaminated.

Curbside recycling collection takes place every second week and there is no limit to the number of items you put out for collection.

Residents can also visit one of the three recycling depots including the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility Depot, Mountdale Avenue and Walsh Street Depot, and the Front Street Depot.

For more information, visit: www.thunderbay.ca/recycling


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Contact:       Jason Sherband, Manager – Solid Waste & Recycling Services, ­625-2195