Used Armchair #2. Photo by Eric Charlebois.
Ottawa Garbage & recycling guide
Ottawa has weekly garbage and recycling collection, a green bin compost program, and special depots for hazardous waste disposal. You'll also find junk removal companies and business waste services on this page.
- Rideau Canal Skateway Ice Conditions App
Get Rideau Canal Skateway ice conditions on your phone with this mobile app. Info is updated about twice a day, in early morning and early afternoon. Optimized for smartphone screens including iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Browse to: http://thebluefactor.com/canal/
- Sugar Bushes / Maple Syrup in Ottawa and Gatineau
Vsiting a sugar bush has been a springtime activity in our area for generations. As one local sugar bush puts it: "nothing says Canada quite like mmm....maple!" Most sugar bushes are open as of March 1, although cold weather is delaying the start of the season for some.
- March Break 2014
Check out our March Break Guide for a big list of activites and camps for kids in Ottawa.
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Garbage & Recycling - Essential Links
- City of Ottawa: Recycling & Garbage
Tin cans, shampoo bottles, egg cartons, phone books, soft cover books — they're all items that you can put in your recycle bin. The site covers just about everything you ever wanted to know about how the city handles our waste.
Free service that shows you when your garbage/recycling/green bin is being picked up. You can also register to get reminders via email, twitter or phone.
- Green Bin
In 2010, the City of Ottawa introduced a compost collection program for organic waste. Green bins can take kitchen scraps, soiled paper products and yard waste.
- OttawaStart Blog: Articles about garbage, recycling, and green bins
Trash removal and other services
- Canadian Diabetes Association - Clothesline
Information on how to donate old clothes and household items.
- Carl's Waste Services
- Earth Depot Inc.
- Goulbourn Recycling & Waste Control
- Habitat for Humanity - ReStores
Building supply store program that accepts and resells quality new and used building materials
- Johnson Environmental Products ("The Buttstop", etc.)
- Just Junk Ottawa
- Mr. Dumpster
- Shred-it - Shred-it for a Cure
This local paper shredding services holds regular "community shred" events to raise money for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Society.
- Waste Management
- Waste Services Inc.
Garbage & Recycling - More local resources
Our automated feed of local garage sale listings.
- Recycling - Blue box & black box
Ottawa has bi-weekly pick-ups for blue box (metal, plastics and glass) and black box (newspaper and cardboard) recycling.
- Take It Back!
A listing from the City of Ottawa featuring locations where you can bring back household materials - old furniture, automotive waste, electronics, etc.
- Hazardous Waste Depots
Corrosive, flammable or poisonous items can't be left with your weekly garbage. The City of Ottawa provides regular one-day depots to collect these items - dates locations are listed on this site.
Resources to help you properly dispose of items that you can't put into the regular garbage.
- Municipal Landfill
Ottawa has two public landfill facilities: Trail Road (west end) and Springhill (south end).
Green bin FAQ
- Yes, you can put wine corks in the green bin, as long as they're natural (not the synthetic kind).
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