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Waste Reduction & Elimination: Recycling

Please Recycle - By recycling in your home, you have the power to reduce your garbage by as much as 25 percent.

  • Recycle these materials only:  See our Recycling Guide Brochure.
  • If you are holding a special event and would like to provide recycling at your event, please contact Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority at 519-776-6441 ext. 1395 or 1-800-563-3377 to arrange for this free service or download the Special Event Requisition Form and fax it to 519-776-6370.  Website:   
  • Food & beverage cans - rinse and flatten
  • Glass jars and bottles - Lids must be removed and recycle metal lids as well. 
  • Plastic bottles and jugs - rinse and flatten. Remove plastic caps and recycle caps as well  
  • Plastic tubs and lids -  Includes margarine, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, spreads and dips. Lids must be removed and recycle lid as well.   
  • Aluminum foil (loose sheets), aluminum trays, pie plates.  Plates & trays flatten, foil-roll into a ball.  
  • Polycoat beverage cartons and Tetra Paks - Milk, juice, creamer cartons, juice boxes, broth cartons, soup cartons, etc.  Rinse, flatten and place loose in the Blue Box.
  • Clamshells, trays and cups - Clear plastic containers, trays, clamshells, cups, plastic (fruit) baskets, etc. Rinse, flatten and place loose in the Blue Box.       
  • Empty paint and aerosol cans - All cans must be empty. Remove metal lids and place cans loose in the Blue Box.  Remove & discard plastic lids.  No plastic cans.   
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogues and phone books - bundle or place in paper bags beside your Red Box
  • Cardboard and boxboard - flatten and tie into 30"x30"x8" bundles
  • Cardboard (large quantities). If you have just moved in or have a large amount of cardboard, call us at (519) 974-2277 ext. 3121 to arrange for a special collection.
  • Junk mail, phone books, writing and computer paper, envelopes - place in paper bags beside your Red Box
  • Reduce Your Junk Mail -You can reduce your unsolicited address mail by registering to the Canadian Direct Marketing Association,
  • Please help increase collection efficiency and reduce costs: 
    • Put recyclables in a common location with your neighbour.
    • Keep all materials away from parked cars.
    • Bring excess material to the Public Drop Off Depot (North Service Road East and Central).
    • Separate your recyclables at home. Containers only in your Blue Box and paper only in your red box.  
    • Remember - It's your Red & Blue Boxes that signal the collection driver to stop. Place your Recycle Boxes in a visible location at the curb.
    • Treat your work place like your home-recycle!

Public Works, Environmental Division
3540 North Service Road East
Windsor, Ontario
N8W 5X2
Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, call 519-974-2277 ext. 3121.
Fax: 519-944-3161