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Ever find yourself wondering what’s recyclable and what isn’t? Busch Systems has got you covered – the following should help with any confusion. And we’ll always keep this updated for you so check back whenever you’re completely befuddled standing awkwardly in front of your recycling bin.

  • DISCLAIMER: Always check your municipality’s recycling program first, you could be throwing out recyclables or putting trash in with your recyclables – the latter being the worst scenario since it sends the rest of your recyclables to the landfill!



  • Paper (office paper, white paper, colored paper, newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Phonebooks
  • Junk mail
  • Paperboard
  • Tissue boxes
  • Heavyweight folders
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Food packaging
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper milk, juice, and soy milk cartons (should be empty)
  • Books: all soft cover, hardcovers should be ripped off
  • Empty paper coffee cups (plastic lids removed)


  • Napkins
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper towels
  • Wax paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Any paper product which has the potential to be contaminated with bodily fluids



  • Pizza boxes (food and wax paper removed)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Brown paper bags
  • Boxboard (shoeboxes, gift boxes, cereal boxes)


  • Cardboard lined with plastic  (bubble wrap boxes)
  • Waxed/waterproof cardboard

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Yes (If they are clean!)

  • Metal and tin beverage and food containers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum take-out containers
  • Aluminum pie plates and trays
  • Kitchen cookware: metal pots, pans, tins, and utensils


  • Motor oil cans
  • Metal and cardboard containers
  • Paint cans (some retailers will take back old paint cans, however)

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  • All colors glass bottles and jars
  • Clear glass
  • Green glass
  • Brown glass
  • Blue glass
  • Glass food containers
  • Beer and wine bottles


  • Light bulbs
  • Mirror glass
  • Window glass
  • Ceramic
  • Crystal

cone Plastics


  • All plastics numbers 1-7 (Check your recycling program first, some plastics may not be accepted)
  • Food and beverage containers (make sure they’re free of any food)
  • Screw top jars
  • Deli-style containers
  • Clam-shell take-out containers
  • Plastic cups (straws removed)
  • Milk jugs
  • Soap bottles
  • Plastic jugs/bottles: soda bottles, laundry detergent jugs
  • Coffee cup lids


  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic tableware
  • Styrofoam containers

filmreel CDs/DVDs/BluRays

  • Best Buy will take old CDs/DVDs/BluRays free of charge!

spraypaint Ink Cartridges

  • Certain retailer and brands (Staples, HP and Epson) will take back old printer cartridges to be reused again.

tv Electronics

  • Future Shop and Best Buy have an initiative to keep e-waste of landfills – both places will take your old electronics and recycle them free of charge.
  • Apple has recently started a recycling program for their products in both Canada and the United States  and they’re completely free of charge – If your old Apple product is deemed reusable, they will even give you a gift card to use towards  any new Apple products! Talk about incentive.

lightbulb Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs)

  • These energy savers last a long time, but they eventually need to be disposed of – and properly! Retailers like Home Depot, RONA, Canadian Tire and Ikea may accept burned out CFLs (depending on your location).

batteryfull Batteries

  • This is also dependant on your location as well, some of the retailers mentioned before will take old batteries, check with your municipality as well since they may have a program in place.