A bigger blue box – did a former Miss Canada jump out of one at the formal unveiling?

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON. March 4, 2013  Your tax dollars are hard at work – and you can now avail yourself of a larger Blue Box and there is more “stuff” that you can now put in that Blue Box.

Monday, April 1, 2013 (hold it – that’s April Fool’s day isn’t it – are they pulling a fast one on us?) will mark the start of new changes to Halton Region’s waste collection program, including larger Blue Boxes that will help residents recycle a number of new acceptable Blue Box materials.

The changes are part of the Region’s Solid Waste Management Strategy with a goal of  reaching  a 65%  residential waste diversion rate by 2016.

“Halton Region residents are already among the best in the province when it comes to participating in waste diversion programs like Blue Box recycling,” said Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair. “Currently, 95 %  of single-family homes place a Blue Box out for collection every week.”

Members of Halton Regional Council show off new larger Blue Boxes available for pick up free of charge starting in March.

Effective Monday, April 1, 2013, Halton residents can add more items to their Blue Box, including clear plastic clamshells (e.g. berry and lettuce containers), single-serve yogurt cups, plastic plant pots and trays, empty metal paint cans (lids removed), and cardboard cans (e.g. frozen juice cans/chip cans). A complete list of new acceptable Blue Box items can be found at this web site.

You can use the print feature on this website to print out the list and put it  on the fridge.

To help manage these new materials, larger Blue Boxes (22-gallon capacity vs. 16-gallon) will be available to residents for pick up at eight different Blue Box Pick-up Events

Saturday, March 9th: 9-3 pm

Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary

School, 5150 Upper Middle Road, Burlington


 Mohawk Racetrack (Parking Lot)

9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville


Saturday, March 16th : 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Acton District High School, 21 Cedar Road, Acton

Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville


Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Burlington Closed Landfill, 291 North Service Road, Burlington

Sheridan College, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville


Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Robert C. Austin Operations Centre,

11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown

Milton GO Station, 780 Main Street East, Milton


Starting March 11, 2013

Halton Regional Centre    1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Halton Waste Management Site (Scalehouse), 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Robert C. Austin Operations Centre            11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown,  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Residents can also continue to use their existing Blue Boxes.

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