Effective July 1, the City of Thunder Bay will expand its recycling program to allow residents to recycle all #1 and #2 plastic containers. 

The recycling program expansion will allow residents to recycle additional plastic items such as clamshell containers often used for salads, vegetables, berries, or pastries. Prior to the expansion, residents were only allowed to recycle #1 and #2 plastic bottles.

“We are very pleased to be able to expand our municipal recycling program to now include all #1 and #2 plastic coded containers,” said Jason Sherband, Manager – Solid Waste & Recycling Services. “Expanding plastic recycling is an action item of the City’s Solid Waste Management Strategy. It is also something the community has been asking for, so it is very exciting to finally get to the point where we can offer the service. This expansion will not only help simplify what is accepted in our recycling program, but will ultimately result in less waste being sent to the landfill.” 

Residents are also reminded to check the label on the containers to ensure it is recyclable and to always rinse the items to remove any food residue. This will ensure the recycling 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, contact the Infrastructure & Operations Dispatch at 625-2195 or visit: www.thunderbay.ca/recycling


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Contact:       Jason Sherband, Manager – Solid Waste & Recycling Services, ­625-3851