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How to Recycle in Northumberland County

Preparing your recycling for the curb is easy in Northumberland County. When your recycling is prepared correctly for collectors and the workers at the facility in Grafton, it ensures high efficiency and recovery of valuable resources. In Northumberland County, residents can choose to use standard curbside blue boxes or recycling bags to set out their recyclables. 

Step 1: Place the following items loose into your blue box or clear blue bag

  • Empty and rinsed glass bottles and jars. (Please return LCBO bottles to the Beer Store for a refund).
  • Plastic & metal containers - empty and rinsed.
  • Paper and paper packaging 

Click here for a complete list of what we accept.

Step 2: Bag your Bags

In a separate clear or clear blue bag, stuff all of, and only your plastic bags and stretchy outer-wrap inside. Be sure to tie the bag closed. (Loose bags mixed with other recyclables cause significant issues at the recycling facility in Grafton).  

Click here for a list of what you can put in your bag of bags.

Step 3: Flatten and bundle corrugated cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard needs to be flattened and bundled in roughly 30" X 30" X 10" dimensions. This ensures efficient collection for drivers and the sorters at the plant. Use packing tape or twine to keep more than one box together.


Step 4: Bag Shredded Paper

If you have shredded paper, it also needs to be in its own separate clear or clear blue bag. Loose shredded paper, can cause quite a mess.


Step 5: Out by 7am!

Have your properly prepared recycling to the curb by 7AM on your collection day to ensure collection.
Why 7AM?

  • Collection times can change.
  • Construction, mechanical issues, and weather can affect collection routes and times.

What is not Recyclable?

Typically, if an item you're wishing to recycle is not a glass bottle or jar, plastic or metal container, or paper item, it's not recyclable in our curbside collection program.

Click here for a list of non-recyclables.(Please note, this is not a complete list, but the most common items we see in the recycling that are not acceptable).

Be a Super Sorter! Follow these tips:

  • Rinse all containers of liquid and food waste
  • Lids and labels can remain on jars and bottles
  • Do not flatten cans or containers.
  • Please do not bundle your newspapers - keep items loose.


What Can I Recycle?

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