Recool offers 2 methods of recycling collection in Thunder Bay. For residential waste services provided by Recool Canada Inc.,
Curbside collection for Thunder Bay Residents every second garbage day. There are 3 recycling depots that operate in the City of Thunder Bay:
None of the depots operate on Sundays or holidays.
There are also recycling services offered at the landfill sites operated by the following townships and municipalities:
We also provide recycling services for the Township of Atikokan and the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.
Recool Canada Inc. offers curbside garbage pick up for residents in the Neebing/Oliver Paipoonge/Murillo District. Please contact our office to see if you live within the pickup zone and for more information.
The residents of Thunder Bay can also take advantage of the blue bag curbside collection service. Recyclables are collected every second week on garbage day (please check your collection schedule). The recycling should be sorted as follows:
Bag #1: Fibre
*Includes paper, boxboard, Fine Newspapers,Catalogues, Envelopes, Soft Cover Books, Junk Mal, All Writing Paper*
Bag #2: Containers
*Includes pop and tin cans, plastics (#1 & 2 in bottle form-long neck with twist off cap), glass and tetra paks*
Bundled Beside Bags
*Flattened corrugated cardboard*
Life After Recycling
After Recool Canada Inc. collects your recycling it is brought out to our plant for processing. During this process the items are sorted and baled in order to ship them to the various plants which convert them into new materials.
Here is a list of some of the recyclable materials we collect and what they become:
Tin cans are melted down and made into various metal items.
The following is a list of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable at curbside and in the depots:
Corrugated Cardboard – brown, coloured or glossy Boxboard – cereal boxes, etc. File Folders, business cards, etc.
Cardboard with attachments of plastic or styrofoam (handles, etc.) Paper
All types of office paper, computer paper, etc. Newspapers Magazines Flyers Coloured Paper Paperback books Three part forms Envelopes Post-it Notes
Thermal fax paper, blueprints, carbons, styrofoam, phone books, and hard cover books (Hard Cover Books are acceptable with the covers removed.) Plastics
Plastic containers which did not contain hazardous/toxic materials (such as oil or javex) which have a #1 PETE or #2 HDPE Symbol on them (check the bottom of the container)
Containers which held hazardous materials, have a higher number than two, plastic shopping bags, and items other than pop bottles that have no number on them at all. Metals:
Clean, uncrushed pop cans Tin cans that are free of food waste. We also accept other tin and aluminum items.
Milk Cartons Juice Boxes Other beverage containers that resemble a milk carton Glass
All glass beverage and food containers
Items such as window glass, picture frame glass, etc.