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Off-Campus Recycling

The city of Guelph uses the Wet-Dry+ system for collecting garbage and recyclables. This system can take some getting used to, but is really quite easy after a short time.

Wet waste is clearly marked in public places, usually by green letters. In your off-campus home, you will need to use see-through green garbage bags in which to dispose your wet waste. The following table will help you determine what should go in that green bag.

WET : Place loose in a see-through green bag

Absorbent pads from
meat trays
Ashes (cold fireplace and cigarette)
Baby wipes/wet naps
Bones
Bread
Butter
Cake
Candy
Cat litter
Cereals & grains
Cigarettes & butts
Coffee filters & grounds
Condoms
Cooking oils (solidified only)
Corn cobs & husks
Cotton balls
Cotton swabs
Dairy products
Diapers
Dried flowers
Eggs & eggshells
Fat
Feathers
Feminine hygiene products
Fish & fish parts

Flour
Flowers
Food scraps
Fruit
Giblets & fish parts
Grape squeezings (skins and stems)
Grease & lard
Gum
Hair
Herbs
Incontinence pads
Kleenex
Left-overs
Mayonnaise
Meat
Muffin paper cups
Nail clippings
Napkins (paper)
Noodles
Nuts & shells
Oatmeal & oats
Paper towels
Pasta
Peanut butter
Pet droppings
Pizza

Plants
Plate scrapings
Popcorn
Poultry
Pumpkins (in pieces)
Q-Tips
Rice
Salad & dressing
Sanitary napkins
Sawdust
Seeds
Serviettes
Shellfish
Sour cream
Sugar & spices
Sunflower seeds
Tampons
Tea bags
Tissues
Tobacco
Vegetables
Wood shavings (incl. pet)
Yogurt

 

Dry (recyclables) waste is clearly marked in public places by blue lettering on waste receptacles. You will need to use see-through blue bags for dry waste in your home. The following table will help you determine what materials should be placed in your blue bags.

DRY : Place loose in a see-through blue bag or container

Aluminum: food/drink containers, foil
Books (cover removed)
Box board: cereal and tissue boxes
Bristol board
Brown kraft bags
Calendars (spiral removed)
Cardboard: corrugated
boxes
Catalogues
Cigarette packages (foil inserts removed)
Coffee cups
Cottage cheese containers
Drink boxes
Egg cartons and flats
Empty pill bottles
Envelopes (with window is ok)
File folders
Food and beverage container
Food cans

Frozen juice containers
Gift wrap (non-metallic)
Glass (bottles and jars of all colours)
Ice cream containers
Juice cans
Juice cartons and jugs
Magazines
Margarine containers
Meat trays (styrofoam)
Milk cartons and jugs
Newspapers including flyers
Paint cans (empty & dry)
Paper
Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
Paper trays
Pie plates
Pizza boxes
Plastic containers: all #'s
Polycoat
Pop cans

Posters
Reports & books
Salad containers
Shredded paper
Soy beverage containers
Steel: soup and other cans
Sticky notes
Styrofoam: large pieces
Telephone books
Tetra paks (soy, milk, juice, soup, drinks)
Tissue paper
Tubs and lids
Unsoiled meat trays
Wrapping paper (non-metallic)
Writing and printing paper
Yogurt containers

The city of Guelph has introduced a new bag - Clear. The contents in this bag go to the landfill. Included in the clear bag are the following:

WASTE : Place loose in a clear bag or container
(not exceeding 100 L)

Aerosol cans (empty)
Balloons
Bandages and gauze
Binders
Blister packaging (gum and lozenges)
Board games
Book covers
Brushes and roller
Butter wrapper
Calculators
Candle wax
Candles
Candy wrappers
Carbon paper
Carpet (small pieces)
Cassette tapes, 8 track
tapes
CD's
Ceramics
Cereal or cracker box liner
Chalk
China
Chip and cookie bags
Cigarette packages with foil inserts
Clocks
Clothing
Coat hangers
Coffee cup lids
Combs
Compact disks
Computer disks
Cookie bag
Coolers
Corks
Corning Ware
Cosmetics
Crayons
Cups
Curtains
Cutlery
Dental floss
Deodorant
Dish cloths
Dryer lint
Dryer sheets
DVD's
Elastic bands

Empty deodorant sticks
Fabric
Floor sweepings
Foil & seal from yogurt
Furnace filters
Furnishings
Games
Garden hoses
Gloves/scarves
Grocery bags
Hair dryer
Hangers
Jewelry
Kettles
Knick-knacks
Latex gloves
Lawn chairs
Leather
Lids
Light bulbs
(non-fluorescent)*
Linens & sheets
Magnets
Markers
Matches
Medicine bottles
Mirrors*
Nails, screws & other hardware
Nylons
Orange and fruit crates
Overhead transparencies
Paint brushes and rollers
Paper clips & staples
Pencils
Pens
Phonographic records/LP's
Photo negatives
Picture frames
Pillows
Plastic bags (grocery…)
Plastic tubing
Plates (plastic and ceramic)
Pots and pans Pottery
Pyrex
Rags

Razors*
Record, LP's, 45's, 78's
Rolling pins
Ropes
Rubber bands
Rubber gloves
Scouring pads
Sewing scraps
Shoes
Shopping bags
Small furniture
Soap & sponges
Sports equipment
Spray bottle tops
Stickers
Straws
String
Table cloth
Take-out food containers (soiled)
Tape
Toasters
Tools
Tooth picks
Toothbrush
Toothpaste tubes
Towels
Toys
Twist ties
Vacuum contents and bags
Vase
VCR tapes
Video and audio cassettes
Wallpaper
Water softener salt
Waxed paper
Window glass*
Wood (small pieces)
Wrappers
Yarn

*place in cardboard box, tape, and label "Sharp Objects" for safe pick-up. Place at the curb during your Waste (clear) bag week.

There is also a fourth type of garbage, known as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). These products are harmful to the environment. They must be dropped off at the Wet-Dry recycling centre for proper careful disposal. The following table will help you determine what types of products should be taken directly to the Wet-Dry centre.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
(to be delivered to the depot at
110 Dunlop Drive)

No Commercial Generators

Aerosol cans containing
product
Antifreeze
Batteries (car & household)
Bleach
Brake fluid
Car care products
Chemicals
Cleansers
Cooking oil (liquid form)

Drain cleaners
Fertilizers
Flea powder
Fluorescent light bulbs
Gasoline
Glue
Herbicides
Insecticides
Lighters
Medicine
Motor oil
Nail polish & remover
Needles (sewing)

Oil & filters
Oven cleaners
Paint (thinners & cans)
Pesticides
Photographic chemicals
Pool chemicals
Propane tanks & cylinders
Solvents
Thermometers
Turpentine
Varnishes

Tips for residential waste disposal:

  • All waste must be placed in see-through blue, green, and clear bags.
  • Place your wet and dry bags to the curb no sooner than 7pm the day before collection and no later than 7am the day of collection.
  • All empty containers must be removed from the curb by 7pm on the day of collection.
  • Weight limits are 20kg (44lbs) for Dry and 15kg (33lbs) for Wet.
  • Garbage cans cannot be more than 100 litres.
  • In the winter do not place waste on the snow bank, place it in the mouth of your driveway or shovel a space from the snow bank.
  • Rinse your food containers, bundle newspapers and cardboard, and bag plastic film (bags).
  • Hazardous wastes must be kept separate and taken to the Hazardous Waste Depot.
  • Pet feces must be drained and double bagged.
  • Place any broken glass or light bulbs into a cardboard box, securely tape it and label it glass.
  • Empty paint cans may be placed in the dry waste if they are dry and the lids are off.

    The following is a contact list that you can use to get more details about the city's waste disposal system, the hours of the Wet-Dry Recycling facility, and any other information you might need.

  • Solid Waste Services: 837-5604
  • Wet-Dry Recycling Centre: 767-0598
  • Guelph Info-Line: 822-7979
  • Eastview Landfill Site: 837-5633
  • E-mail: wetdry@city.guelph.on.ca
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