Government releases proposed Blue Box Regulation for public comment - please return to our Solid Waste page for further information



We realize that due to the increase in on-line ordering, there is much more cardboard being accumulated than normal. Please REMEMBER that any cardboard or packing styrofoam put out for recycle collection (Accepted Blue Week only) must be cut, flattened and tied into bundles no more than 3’ X 2’ X 8” in size.  Remove all staples and tape and put out no more than Three (3) bundles per pickup. Any more than Three (3) bundles or loose cardboard /Styrofoam may be left. If you have a stockpile of cardboard, it will be accepted free of charge at either the Portland or Loughborough WDS when open. Alternatively, excess cardboard may be taken to Kingston Area Recycling, 196 Lappans Lane, at no cost to South Frontenac residents.


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.





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.

2020-2021 Recycle Calendar

If you are not a year-round resident of South Frontenac, what goes in our recycling may be quite different to your streams at your usual residence. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with our material streams and methods of delivery. Collection workers do not *pick through* recycling to take the proper materials. If recycling is place out in an improper manner, it may be left creating a unsightly area open for wind, rain and wildlife to make short work of it.

 To clarify materials accepted - Blue & Yellow Materials

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.  Please bring your Occupancy permit to the Keeley Road office within 60 days of moving in to receive your Blue Box.

Who should pay for recycling?

Currently Municipal taxpayers pay 50% or more of Blue Box costs. packaging and end of life products. There  are currently many Municipal groups working together with the government and the producers in developing a regulation for the transition of the Blue Box to full producer responsibility. Over the next 6 years producers will have the responsibility for their packaging from its inception to end of life collection. By December 31, 2025, producers will be fully responsible for providing Blue Box services province-wide.

For updated information on full producer responsibility please go to AMO Association of Muncipalities Ontario or Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority

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 accepts 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.

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?  Commonly asked items

Is This Recyclable ? YES NO Why?
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  X    
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
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 FOIL 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
SHREDDED PAPER X   Yes, but limit of 3 small grocery bags per paper week
CHRISTMAS WRAP/RIBBONS/BOWS   X  No, combination of paper, inks, foils, glues
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, clean, remove handles and roll up, tape or tie 
 PLASTIC BAGS X    If it stretches easily then it can be recycled
BUBBLE WRAP   X No, glues are used to create *bubbles*
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 & glues
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
CARDBOARD CONTAINER WITH METAL ENDS X   Goes in Blue Week, cans & plastics
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, PLANT CELLS, TRAYS 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
SMALL APPLIANCES   X No - Household Hazardous Waste takes small appliances

***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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