What Goes in the Reycling Containers?

Check out this list (PDF) of what is recyclable in your building.

If you're not sure whether an item is recyclable, please look it up using the What Goes Where tool.

What Can't Go in the Recycling Containers?

You can’t put the following items in your recycling container:

  • No Styrofoam. This includes meat trays and egg cartons. Please bring these items to any of Markham's Recycling Depots.
  • No plastic film. This includes plastic wrap, plastic grocery bags, bubble wrap, and milk pouches.
  • No plastic cutlery or drinking straws.
  • No plastic toys or lawn furniture.
  • No hazardous waste such as paint or motor oil. Hazardous waste should be taken to York's Household Hazardous Waste Depot for disposal.
  • No bulky items. Bulky items such as sofas, chairs, furniture, and mattresses must be placed in the garbage dumpster. If this is not possible, you should contact your superintendent for instructions.

Please do not place recyclables in plastic grocery bags. You need to empty your grocery bags and then place them in the garbage. Plastic grocery bags are not recyclable in your building's recycling program.

Get a Blue Box or Blue Bag

Blue Boxes and bags can be purchased at Markham's Recycling Depots. Blue bags cost $6.50 each.


Recycling Depots accept cheques and debit cards only. They do not accept cash.

Recycling Rules

  • Recyclables should be placed loosely in your building's recycling containers. Do not put them in plastic bags.
  • Flatten your cardboard before putting it in a recycling container(s).
  • Bring oversized cardboard to any Markham Recycling Depot.