Please see our Recycle Calendar below for the appropriate weeks to put out your items to be recycled. If you are new to the area, please see the  Collection chart on the Garbage page to determine your day of pickup.

2019-2020 Recycle Calendar

Printed copies of the Recycle Calendars are available at either Township office.

If you find yourself with excess recycling, South Frontenac residents are welcome to take it to Kingston Area Recycling at no charge. This facility is at 196 Lappans Lane just off of John Counter Boulevard and is open Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm and proof of residency should be available.

Where can I get a Blue Box?

14 gallon Blue Recycle boxes are available at the Keeley Road Public Works office located at 2490 Keeley Road during office hours for $6.00 each. The Township provides one free blue box for each newly constructed dwelling.   

Who should pay for recycling?

Municipal taxpayers? Producers of paper and packaging?

Currently Municipal taxpayers pay 50% or more of Blue Box costs. Legislation had been passed on the New Waste Free Ontario Act with the previous government. This act would have seen an extended responsibility put on the producer to reduce waste in their packaging and end of life products. With the new Ontario government in place, Municipalities are unsure of the direction producer responsibility will go.

Removal of Coloured Styrofoam from the Blue Box Program

Due to the low market value and limited markets of Styrofoam, the City of Kingston  no longer acceptd colored Styrofoam from our Blue Boxes. The majority, if not all of the colored Styrofoam, consists of colored meat trays which are used only for esthetic purposes in marketing.  White meat trays and other Styrofoam packaging will continue to be accepted in the blue box program. Any colored Styrofoam must be disposed of in your garbage after this date.

Why can't I bag my recycling?

As we take our recycling to the City of Kingston, we must abide by their rules and bagged recycling is not allowed as it is dumped by material type in different areas of the floor. As well of the constant problems of non-recyclables being tossed in by mistake is the age old problem of what to do with the bag if the workers took the time to empty the bags. These end up flying across the Township and become someone elses headache not to mention the unsightly mess and danger to our environment. So if your bagged recyclables are left behind, please put them in a blue box. The workers then have a quick visual of what is in your recycle box is what should be in there.

For more information about recycling, please contact the  Facilities & Solid Waste Department at (613) 376-3027 Ext 4330.

It's always a guessing game as to whether or not a household item is destined for our Blue Box program or garbage.  Hopefully the following will be helpful:

Blue Box - Blue Week

Blue Box - Yellow Week

When recycling, keep in mind that recycling is for everyday, usable household products & goods NOT garage items, toys, electronics or Hazardous items. 

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The following is a short listing of *out of the Norm* products that need clarification:

Is this Recyclable?  

Is This Recyclable ? YES NO Why?
Aluminum/Steel cans      
JIFFY POPCORN CONTAINERS X    Yes, Foil pan, clean, handle removed
ALUMINUM FOIL (clean unsoiled) X    Yes, with cans
FOIL - LIKE POUCHES   X  No -  usually a mix of a materials
Plastic bottles      
BLACK OR COLORED  PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINER X    Yes, if deli style takeout (clean)
TIM HORTON, MACDONALD  LIDS #6 X     Yes, plastics
STRAWS   X  No, too small for hopper
CANOLA OIL BOTTLES  X    Yes,  clean of all oil
BREAD BAG TAGS   X  No, too small for hopper
PLASTIC SHIPPING BANDS   X  No, mixed fibres & glue
PLASTIC PENS   X  No, not a pure plastic and too small for hopper
SMALL APPLIANCES   X  No (if a motor in appliance it can come to  HHW)
ONE USE COFFEE PODS    Yes, covers removed and rinsed throroughly
JAVEX BOTTLES X    Yes, rinsed thoroughly
BLISTER PACKAGING YOU CAN'T OPEN  X    Yes, blister packaging is recyclable, remove all paper
PRESCRIPTION BOTTLES X    Yes with cans & plastics
PARCHMENT PAPER    X  No,  not recyclable
THERMAL CASHIER RECEIPTS X    This is recyclable with paper
MASKING TAPE   X  No, glues present
PAPER TOWELS UNSOILED   X  No, impossible for collectors to know if its clean
PAPER BREAD BAGS WITH PLASTIC WINDOW   X  No,Combination paper & plastic, cut plastic window out for paper week
TIM HORTON, MACDONALD CUPS X    Yes, for now, paper 
TOP SEALS LIKE ON PEANUT BUTTER   X  No,too small to be sorted
BUTCHER PAPER (WASHED)   X  No, waxed on one side
PIZZA BOXES X    Yes, Corrugated Cardboard, MUST BE CLEAN
CHRISTMAS WRAP/RIBBONS/BOWS   X  No, combination of paper, inks, foils, glues
Plastic bags      
BAGS FROM GROCERY STORE FOR TAKE HOME X    Yes, plastic film (Must be able to stretch with ease)
ZIP LOC BAGS (WASHED) X    Yes, plastic bags, zipper removed (Not stretchy)
FOOD BAGS SILVER LINING     X  No, no laminated bags, different materials
MILK BAGS WASHED X    Yes, rinsed out well
SARAN WRAP CLEAN X    Yes, if clean with plastic bags
WATER SOFTENER/WOOD PELLET BAGS X    Yes, remove handles and roll up, tape or tie
OTHER PLASTIC BAGS X    If it stretches easily then it can be recycled
PET FOOD BAGS/TREAT BAGS   X  Layers of different materials, layers can't be separated
PLASTIC TOYS   X  Hard plastic not accepted at this time, no market
MESH FRUIT/ONION BAGS   X  Made of multiple grades of plastic
BROKEN RECYCLE BOXES   X  Not at this time - no market for hard plastics
WATER COOLER BOTTLES    X  Not curbside recycling - return to store for deposit
POTATO CHIP BAGS   X  Not pure foil, mixed with plastic layer
SHRINK WRAP (OVERWRAP ON BOXED ITEMS)   X  This plastic is too thick to be considered film plastic
PLANT POTS X    Up to 12" in diameter and/or 1 gallon - MUST BE CLEAN 
PAM SPRAY/ROOM DEODORIZER SPRAYS   X  No aerosols to go in curbside recycling, take to HHW Depot
CD's   X  Combination of various materials
LIGHT BULBS   X  Old style, wrap carefully and put in garbage - CFL's go to HHW

The Plastic Recycling Symbols

Plastic #1 - PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

?Picked up by most curbside recycling programs, plastic #1 is usually clear and used to make soda and water bottles. Some consider it safe, but this plastic is known to allow bacteria to accumulate.

?It's found mostly in soda bottles, water bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash bottles, and peanut butter containers.

?Plastic #1 is recycled into tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, fiber, and polar fleece.

Plastic #2 - HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)

?Plastic #2 is typically opaque and picked up by most curbside recycling programs. This plastic is one of the 3 plastics considered to be safe, and has a lower risk of leaching.

?It's found mostly in milk jugs, juice bottles, shampoo bottles, cereal box liners, detergent bottles, yogurt tubs, and butter tubs, milk jugs, detergent bottles, juice bottles, butter tubs, and toiletries bottles are made of this. It is usually opaque. This plastic is considered safe and has low risk of leaching.

?Plastic #2 is recycled into pens, recycling containers, picnic tables, lumber, benches, fencing, and detergent bottles, to name a few.

** The #2 can be found on motor oil bottles and some household cleaners. These items should NOT be put out in regular recycling as they are considered hazardous waste. Please bring them to our free HHW Depot at 2491 Keeley Road when open.

Plastic #3 - V or PVC (Vinyl)

?Plastic #3 is used to make food wrap, plumbing pipes, and detergent bottles, and is seldom accepted by curbside recycling programs. These plastics used to, and still may, contain phthalates, which are linked to numerous health issues ranging from developmental problems to miscarriages. They also contain DEHA, which can be carcinogenic with long-term exposure. DEHA has also been linked to loss of bone mass and liver problems. Don't cook with or burn this plastic.

?It's found in shampoo bottles, clear food packaging, cooking oil bottles, medical equipment, piping, and windows.

?This plastic is recycled into panelling, flooring, speed bumps, decks, and roadway gutters.

Plastic #4 - LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)

?Low density polyethylene is most found in squeezable bottles, shopping bags, clothing, carpet, frozen food, bread bags, and some food wraps. Curbside recycling programs haven't been known to pick up this plastic, but more are starting to accept it. Plastic #4 rests among the recycling symbols considered to be safe.

With this number

?This plastic is recycled into compost bins, paneling, trash can liners and cans, floor tiles, and shipping envelopes.

Plastic #5 - PP (Polypropylene)

?Increasingly becoming accepted by curbside recycle programs, plastic #5 is also one of the safer plastics to look for.

?It is typically found in yogurt containers, ketchup bottles, syrup bottles, and medicine bottles.

   (Regular Plastics Week)

?Polypropylene is recycled into brooms, auto battery cases, bins, pallets, signal lights, ice scrapers, and bicycle racks.

Plastic #6 - PS (Polystyrene)

?Polystyrene is Styrofoam, which is notorious for being difficult to recycle, and thus, bad for the environment. This kind of plastic also poses a health risk, leaching potentially toxic chemicals, especially when heated. Most recycling programs won't accept it.

?Plastic #6 is found in egg cartons, meat trays, and disposable plates and cups.

?It is recycled into egg cartons, vents, foam packing, and insulation.

** Colored styrofoam is no longer accepted in our Recycling Program, only the white trays. Any packaging Styrofoam must be tied/taped into bundles no larger than 2' X 3' X 8' and placed out with your cans & plastics weeks.


?All of the plastic resins that don't fit into the other categories are placed in the number 7 category. It's a mix bag of plastics that includes polycarbonate, which contains the toxic biphenyl-A (BPA). These plastics should be avoided due to possibly containing hormone disruptors like BPA, which has been linked to infertility, hyperactivity, reproductive problems, and other health issues.

?Plastic #7 is found in sunglasses, iPod cases, computer cases, nylon 3- and 5-gallon water bottles, childrens hard plastic toys and  bullet-proof materials.

?It is recycled into plastic lumber and other custom-made products.

***The Townships Recycling Program will only allow water jugs up to 2 gallons in size and clean plant pots up to 12" wide and 1 gallon in size

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