London-Middlesex is in the Red/Control category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework. A number of City facilities have reopened to the public for in-person programs and services.
Use at least two blue boxes for curbside recycling, and keep paper and containers (plastic, metal, glass, laminated cups and cartons) separated.
To ensure your recyclables are collected, please follow the curbside recycling requirements:
The Recycle Coach App can help answer questions about what goes where in our local waste and recycling program.
Recycling collection continues as scheduled; however, we are asking residents to take extra pre-cautions.
Please drop off your tree and greenery at a City of London EnviroDepot. Please remove all of your decorations and lights from your tree before visiting.
If you have space, you can also store your tree in your backyard. Your tree will become a habitat for birds. Wait until spring and place your tree and greenery out for Yard Waste Collection in the new year (only trees up to three meters in height will be collected).
Christmas trees are no longer collected at the curb.
Putting non-recyclable items into the recycling bin causes problems at the sorting facility. Please separate your recycling into a blue box for paper products and a blue box for containers.
These items do not belong in the blue box or cart. Please check the Recycle Coach App for information on what to do with them.
Recyclable materials are handled by collection and sorting staff. Please do not place broken glass and sharp objects in the recycling bin. Instead, dispose of broken glass and sharp objects by completely sealing the pieces in a cardboard box and label as "Glass" or "Sharp" and set out with your garbage at the curbside.
If you use garbage chutes, check with your building superintendent before putting sharp object down the chutes.
Your recycling may not have been collected for a number reasons including:
Blue boxes can be purchased at an EnviroDepot for $6 each (including tax). There is a limit of two boxes per purchase. Blue boxes can also be purchased at retail stores. If you purchase a blue box at a location other than a City depot, please ensure it is not larger than 95 litres. There is no limit to the number of blue boxes you can put out each collection.
Residents of newly constructed homes are provided two blue boxes at no charge. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Blue boxes damaged by collection crews or snow plows will be replaced at no charge. Report damaged blue boxes by contacting
Blue carts are used for apartment buildings and some town home complexes. Residents must take their recyclables to the blue carts, which are emptied once per week. Just like with the curbside residential recycling program, paper products and containers must be separated. The carts will be labelled to identify what goes where. If carts are not labelled or overflowing please contact your property managers or building superintendent.
Provide sufficient containers for collection and storage (it is recommended that you have one blue recycling cart for every seven units). For example, if a building has 70 units, then ten blue carts are recommended.
For small buildings under 15 units, a minimum of two carts is required; one cart is for paper products and the other cart is for containers.
Property owners are responsible for purchasing recycling carts for their buildings. Carts must be compatible with the collection vehicles. The City of London is committed to working with building managers and superintendents to help residents recycle as much as possible.
For more information on the cart subsidy program, pricing and ordering blue carts, and educational materials, please contact Jane Kittmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-661-2489 x 2334
Curbside recycling is available for businesses located on existing residential collection routes at no charge.
To find out if your business qualifies, please contact Will Roberts at email@example.com or call 519-661-2489 x 7364
London residents can recycle their electronics at City EnviroDepots. Effective January 2021, Ontario is transitioning to a new framework for managing electronic waste. To learn more about this process visit rpra.ca and follow this site as the transition gets underway and new information becomes available.