What is Recycling?

Recycling is the process of separating specific reusable materials from garbage streams and diverting them to facilities that will repurpose them for reuse. Recycling offers a sustainable alternative to regular waste streams by lowering our input into municipal landfills. It’s essential to the future of our planet to drastically reduce the environmental impact of waste materials, and ensure that scarce resources are recovered and reused. At GFL, our recycling operations involve materials such as wood, paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum and other metals. We collect, sort and prepare these materials for market and future use as recycled material. In some locations, we have our own state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) where we process recyclables into high-quality commodities.

What can I Recycle?

When it comes to recycling, awareness is key. Contamination is the biggest problem facing recycling practices today, as people throw in things they shouldn’t, like grease-soaked cardboard, plastic bags, or paint cans, which ruins the entire load. This is why it’s incredibly important to know what you can recycle and what you can’t. Accepted items vary by location and facility. Below is a general guide to what you can recycle, but this is NOT location specific. To ensure you are recycling correctly, please contact your local GFL branch or recycling center to obtain a list of accepted items.** ACCEPTED: Plastic Recycling Includes all CLEANED plastic bottles and jars #1 thru #7: soft drink bottles, milk jugs, detergent bottles, FLATTENED cartons, etc. Check the bottom of the container. If you see the recycling symbol with a #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 in the center, it is acceptable. ACCEPTED: Metal Recycling Includes aluminum cans, pie and baking pans, tin cans, steel food containers, EMPTY aerosol cans, and lids. Metal beverage cans, baking tins, foil, and food containers are also included in this material category. All items must be CLEAN OF FOOD. ACCEPTED: Cardboard Recycling Includes corrugated cardboard, shipping boxes, cereal and dry food boxes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, moving boxes, detergent boxes, soda/beer cartons, and paper towel/toilet tissue rolls. All boxes MUST BE FLATTENED for proper disposal. ACCEPTED: Paper Recycling Includes newspapers, inserts, labels, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, manila folders, letterhead, notebook paper (no backings), computer paper, envelopes (with windows), coupon books, index cards, calendars, and brown paper bags. SOMETIMES ACCEPTED: Glass recycling NOTE: Many areas are no longer accepting glass. This is the biggest one to look for before recycling. Glass has become incredibly expensive to recycle and many facilities are no longer taking it, so always double check. If it is accepted, it usually includes: Bottles and jars. Lids must be removed from the container and separated before being placed inside the container. All liquid and food waste must be removed before being recycled. DO NOT RECYCLE: Styrofoam, window glass and mirrors, electronic waste (TVs and computers), motor oil containers, yard waste, chemical containers, shredded paper, plastic bags, ceramics or dishes, food waste, scrap metal, monitors. **Please check with your local branch for details of what’s accepted and what isn’t in your area. This general list does not apply everywhere, but it follows the most common practices, so always double check to avoid contamination. INSCRIPTION AUX SERVICES