Recycling Paper

mixed paper recyclingYou can recycle most kinds of paper and cardboard in the mixed papers section of the neighbourhood recycling bins, as listed.

You don't need to remove staples from paper, but please remove elastic bands, paper clips, and metal fasteners.


  • Clean and dry newspaper
  • Advertising inserts
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Pet food bags (no plastic liners)

Office Paper

  • Clean dry paper (it's okay to leave staples in)
  • White or coloured paper
  • Photocopies
  • Receipts
  • Windowed envelopes
  • Envelopes (without padding)
  • File folders
  • Fax paper
  • Post-It™ notes
  • Shredded office paper
  • Photocopy paper wrapping (ream wrap)


  • Magazines
  • Gift wrap
  • Glossy fax paper
  • Glossy flyers and brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Phone books
  • Soft cover and paper back books
  • Junk mail


  • Clean, dry and flattened cardboard
  • Boxboard, shoe, detergent, product boxes, etc.
  • All food item boxes such as cereal, crackers, beer, pasta, etc.
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls
  • Cardboard egg cartons and drink trays

The following cannot go in the mixed papers bin:

  • Padded envelopes
  • Carbon paper
  • Elastic bands
  • Paper clips
  • Metal fasteners
  • Plastic liners