Good Choice Initiative

Garbage & Recycling in the Ottawa area

Waste

The City of Ottawa Garbage & Recycling is the city’s go-to source of information to find out what goes in the garbage, recycling or compost bins. Use the City of Ottawa’s Waste Explorer to search accepted recycling by item. 

Capital Junk’s Ottawa Recycling Guide is another useful resource with a comprehensive directory to identify where to donate or recycle unwanted goods, instead of throwing them in the garbage. These include: home appliances, used clothing, bedding or other textiles, furniture and bicycles, to name a few.

The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre is for residents of the Ottawa Valley (Pembroke, Petawawa and Laurentian Valley) to find out what goes in which bin.

Books, batteries & more

The University of Ottawa’s Sustainability Office has recycling programs available to the public, ranging from batteries to books.


Cosmetics, contact lenses, razors & more

Terra Cycle has free recycling programs for some food packaging, some cosmetics, some contact lenses, razors, Nescafe capsules and e-waste to name a few.

Give Away Weekend (set to take place June 6-7, 2020) would have been another great opportunity to help others while keeping household goods out of the landfill by setting your unwanted items on the curb. 

Visit their website for a list of acceptable items. This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and no new date has been set as of yet.

Electronics, Computers & More

Computer Recycling Canada: collect the items free of charge and oversee the recycling and salvaging process. Another alternative is to drop off these items at StaplesBest Buy, or other similar drop off points. These will be sent to recycling centres that sort out the metals and other products contained within.

Eyeglasses

Merivale Vision Care donates used sunglasses and eyeglasses to the Lion’s Club of Ottawa, to help give sight to someone else in need. You can also ask your optometrist’s office to see if they have a donation program.

Plastic Bags

Since plastic bags are not recyclable in Ottawa, plastic-free alternatives are preferred. However, if you do have clean and dry plastic bags you are no longer using, you can bring them to any of the grocery stores participating in the Take it Back program

TIP: FOR ITEMS TO BE DONATED OR RECYCLED, WE RECOMMEND KEEPING THEM IN A BOX, CONTAINER OR BAG UNTIL YOU HAVE A LARGE ENOUGH QUANTITY TO MAKE A TRIP TO THE APPROPRIATE DROP OFF LOCATION WORTHWHILE.

YOU MIGHT ALSO CONSIDER STARTING A NEIGHBOURHOOD RECYCLING OR DONATION DRIVE, WHERE EACH HOUSEHOLD COMMITS TO ACCEPTING SPECIFIC ITEMS FROM OTHER HOUSEHOLDS IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID MULTIPLE TRIPS TO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS.

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