Used Armchair #2. Photo by Eric Charlebois.
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.

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.
  • Recollect
    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

Garbage & Recycling - More local resources

  • @ott_garage_sale
    @ott_garage_saleOttawa Garage Sales
    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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