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Recycle

What goes in the recycling bin?

It’s simple: containers, packaging, printed matter!

Most of the recyclable materials accepted meet the following two conditions:
– It’s a container, packaging or printed matter.
– It’s made of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic or metal.

Learn more about everything that goes in the bin on this page.

Packaging

Container

Print

Tips and tricks

1

Separate

Separate the various recyclable components of a single item before placing it in the bin (lid and container, flyers and plastic bag, cookie jar and plastic tray, etc.).

2

Deposit

Place the materials in a jumble, without nesting them.

Make a bag of plastic bags (including all stretch wrapping and plastic film).

3

Empty

Containers do not need to be rinsed out completely, but emptying them properly (with a spatula) and rinsing them out quickly will help to provide the best possible results.
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Paper

Paper

Recyclable

  • Newspapers, circulars and magazines
  • Books and notebooks (unbound)
  • Office paper, envelopes, invoices
  • Shredded paper (in transparent plastic bag)
  • Brown paper bags

Non-recyclable

  • Metallized wrapping paper and tape
  • Waxed, laminated paper
  • Tissue and paper towels
  • Dryer softener sheets
  • Disposable diapers and soiled paper

One tonne of recycled paper = 2.5 tonnes of wood saved.

Cardboard

Cardboard

Recyclable

  • Flat cardboard (cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Egg cartons
  • Corrugated cardboard (shipping boxes)
  • Milk and juice cartons (Tetrapak)
  • Cardboard coffee glasses (e.g. Tim Hortons)

Non-recyclable

  • Heavily soiled cardboard

4 cartons of milk = one roll of toilet paper

Plastic

Plastic

Recyclable

  • Food containers (margarine, yogurt, ice cream, etc.)
  • Soft drink and spring water containers (with or without deposits)
  • Containers of household cleaning products (bleach, soap, etc.)
  • Health care containers (shampoo, hand cream, etc.)
  • Plastic bags and packaging in a bag of bags

Non-recyclable

  • All uncoded items
  • Objects made from several materials (e.g. potato chip bags)
  • Swimming pool covers
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450 bottles of detergent = a three-seater bench

*Note that code 6 is now only accepted at the Quebec City sorting center.

Glass

Glass

Recyclable

  • Juice, soft drink and alcoholic beverage bottles
  • All-purpose glass containers for foodstuffs

Non-recyclable

  • Light bulbs and neon
  • Flat glass and mirrors
  • Drinking glass, crystal and Pyrex
  • Porcelain and ceramics

2000 bottles of wine = 1 tonne of abrasive eco-products or filtration

Metal

Metal

Recyclable

  • Tin cans
  • Metal and aluminum cans (returnable and non-returnable)
  • Aluminum items (plates, dishes, aluminum foil, etc.)

Non-recyclable

  • Metal heavily soiled by food
  • Household appliances
  • Pressurized containers (carboys)

670 aluminum cans = one bicycle frame

*Indications may vary according to the municipalities served.

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Here are some examples of materials that cannot be recycled

Some materials cannot be recycled because of their chemical composition, volume or structural complexity. Here are a few examples of materials not accepted at Société VIA’s sorting centers.

Large bulky items

Appliances

Hangers

Aerosols

Gardening tools

Clothing

Batteries

Tools

Building materials

Food

Oil

Tableware

Paint

Tires

Leaves

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