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Ottawa Garbage & recycling guide
Ottawa has weekly garbage and recycling collection, a green bin compost program, and special depots for hazardous waste disposal. You'll also find junk removal companies and business waste services on this page.
Garbage & Recycling - Essential Links
- City of Ottawa: Recycling & Garbage
Tin cans, shampoo bottles, egg cartons, phone books, soft cover books
— they're all items that you can put in your recycle bin. The
site covers just about everything you ever wanted to know about how
the city handles our waste.
Free service that shows you when your garbage/recycling/green bin is being picked up. You can also register to get reminders via email, twitter or phone.
- Green Bin
In 2010, the City of Ottawa introduced a compost collection program for organic waste.
Green bins can take kitchen scraps, soiled paper products and yard waste.
- OttawaStart Blog: Articles about garbage, recycling, and green bins
Trash removal and other services
Garbage & Recycling - More local resources
Our automated feed of local garage sale listings.
- Recycling - Blue box & black box
Ottawa has bi-weekly pick-ups for blue box (metal, plastics and glass) and black box (newspaper and cardboard) recycling.
- Take It Back!
A listing from the City of Ottawa featuring locations where you can bring back household materials - old furniture, automotive waste, electronics, etc.
- Hazardous Waste Depots
Corrosive, flammable or poisonous items can't be left with your weekly garbage. The City of Ottawa provides regular one-day depots to collect these items - dates locations are listed on this site.
Resources to help you properly dispose of items that you can't put into the regular garbage.
- Municipal Landfill
Ottawa has two public landfill facilities: Trail Road (west end) and Springhill (south end).
Green bin FAQ
- Yes, you can put wine corks in the green bin, as long as they're natural (not the synthetic kind).