Recycling and Composting in Apartments and Condominium Buildings

Halton residents have always been enthusiastic about practicing the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle.

All Halton residents are entitled to Blue Bin recycling collection. If your building does not have Blue Bin recycling services, please contact Halton Region.

Over the next five years, Halton will be implementing the GreenCart organics program in all apartment and condominium buildings throughout the Region.



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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s accepted in the Blue Bin program for apartment and condominium buildings?
    • The Blue Bin program in apartment and condominium buildings will accept the same materials as the Blue Box used in single-family homes in Halton. Download the Put Waste In Its Place flyer (PDF file).
  • Can I put recyclables in plastic bags?
    • No. Recyclables in plastic bags are not accepted.
  • How do I get a reusable Blue Bag?
    • Contact your on-site superintendent or property management company.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s accepted in the GreenCart program for apartment and condominium buildings?
    • The GreenCart program in apartment and condominium buildings will accept the same materials as the GreenCart used in single-family homes in Halton. Download the Put Waste In Its Place flyer (PDF file).
  • How do I get a Blue Bag or Kitchen Catcher?
    • Contact your on-site superintendent or property management company.
  • Why are apartment and condominium buildings starting the GreenCart program?
    • The average multi-residential garbage bag in Halton Region contains 43% GreenCart material. By composting this material, you and your building will have less garbage.
    • The goal of Halton Region’s 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy is to reach a waste diversion rate of 65% by 2016. A key initiative to reach this goal is to enhance waste diversion in multi-residential buildings.
    • In addition, many residents in apartment and condominium buildings have expressed interest in participating in Halton’s GreenCart program. They recognize that diverting organic material away from landfill is an important way to protect our environment.
  • When will my building start the GreenCart program?
    • There are over 400 apartment and condominium buildings in Halton. To effectively support these buildings, beginning in April 2014, the GreenCart program will be implemented in all apartment and condominium buildings over a five year period. This five year timeframe will enable Halton to develop a successful GreenCart program tailored to each building which will meet the needs of residents, superintendents, property managers and owners.
  • How will I know when my building is getting the GreenCart?
    • Prior to the start of the GreenCart program in your building, Halton will be in contact with the owner, property manager, superintendent, and/or condominium board. You will receive a letter from Halton Region informing you when the GreenCart program is officially starting in your building.
    • When the GreenCart program begins, you will be provided with a Kitchen Catcher and educational materials to help get you started.
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Please contact Halton Region to order acceptable material posters, bins, education workshop for residents, or to arrange an on-site meeting with Halton Region staff.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get additional educational materials, Blue Bags for residents or Blue Bins for the building?
  • Can papers and containers go in the same Blue Bin?
    • Yes. All acceptable recyclables can all go in the same Blue Bin; separating materials is not required.
  • How do I keep Blue Bins clean?
    • Wash Blue Bins with mild detergent regularly. Use a biodegradable enzyme spray to keep bins clean. Bins can be professional cleaned by an approved service provider. Contact for more information including fees:
  • What time do Blue Bins need to be out for collection?
    • Blue Bins must be accessible for collection by 7 a.m. on your building’s collection day. If material is placed at the curb, it may be placed at the curb after 5 p.m. the evening before.
  • Do any holidays change my building’s waste collection schedule?
    • The following holidays will delay your Blue Bin and garbage collection by one day:
      • New Year’s Day
      • Family Day
      • Good Friday (Friday collection only)
      • Victoria Day
      • Canada Day
      • Civic Holiday
      • Labour Day
      • Thanksgiving
      • Christmas Day
  • The building’s Blue Bin was not collected this week. What should I do?
    • Please contact Halton Region.
      • Bins will not be collected if they are heavily contaminated with unacceptable materials. Help residents sort their waste properly by placing acceptable materials signs above the bins, and ensuring each bin has an acceptable materials label.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are apartment and condominium buildings starting the GreenCart program?
    • The average multi-residential garbage bag in Halton Region contains 43% GreenCart material. By composting this material, you and your building will have less garbage.
    • The goal of Halton Region’s 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy is to reach a waste diversion rate of 65% by 2016. A key initiative to reach this goal is to enhance waste diversion in multi-residential buildings.
    • In addition, many residents in apartment and condominium buildings have expressed interest in participating in Halton’s GreenCart program. They recognize that diverting organic material away from landfill is an important way to protect our environment.
  • When will my building start the GreenCart program?
    • There are over 400 apartment and condominium buildings in Halton. To effective support these buildings, the GreenCart program will be implemented over a five year period, beginning in April 2014. This five year timeframe will enable Halton to develop a successful GreenCart program tailored to each building, meeting the needs of residents, superintendents, property managers and owners.
  • How do I get additional educational materials, Blue Bags or Kitchen Catchers for residents, or Blue Bins or GreenCarts for the building?
  • How do I keep GreenCarts clean?
    • Wash GreenCarts with mild detergent regularly. Use a biodegradable enzyme spray to keep bins clean. Bins can be professional cleaned by an approved service provider. Contact for more information including fees:
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  • Are there large bags for the GreenCarts?
  • What time do Blue Bins and GreenCarts need to be out for collection?
    • Blue Bins and GreenCarts must be accessible for collection by 7 a.m. on your building’s collection day. If material is placed at the curb, it may be placed at the curb after 5 p.m. the evening before.
  • Do any holidays change my building’s waste collection schedule?
    • The following holidays will delay your Blue Bin, GreenCart and garbage collection by one day:
      • New Year’s Day
      • Family Day
      • Good Friday (Friday collection only)
      • Victoria Day
      • Canada Day
      • Civic Holiday
      • Labour Day
      • Thanksgiving
      • Christmas Day
  • The building’s Blue Bin and/or GreenCart was not collected this week. What should I do?
    Please contact Halton Region.
    • Bins will not be collected if they are heavily contaminated with unacceptable materials. Help residents sort their waste properly by placing acceptable materials signs above the bins, and ensuring each bin has an acceptable materials label.
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The purpose of the Development Design Guidelines for Source Separation of Solid Waste is to:

  • Clarify the requirements for receiving waste collection services from Halton Region
  • Outline and illustrate the criteria used to review development applications with respect to the management and storage of solid waste on the site
  • Establish procedures for applying for waste collection services from Halton Region

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