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Why Recycle?

Recycling diverts waste from landfill, conserves resources, saves energy, feeds a green economy, contributes to a healthy Ontario.

Recycling Diverts Waste from Landfill

The Blue Box Program prevents close to a million tonnes of material from being sent to landfill each year. That reduces our environmental footprint and conserves land space.

Recycling Conserves Resources

By recycling products such as paper and plastic, that were made using natural resources, we reduce the burden on our environment.

Recycling Saves Energy

It takes more energy to process virgin materials. When we use recycled printed paper and packaging as raw materials, we conserve both processing and transportation energy. It’s how we help reduce our carbon footprint.

Recycling Feeds a Green Economy

We do everything we can to ensure that the materials you put in your Blue Box are transformed into new products locally. We encourage recycling innovation here in Ontario, which creates new jobs and adds value to our economy.

Recycling Contributes to a Healthy Ontario

By keeping potentially harmful materials out of landfill, we help reduce pollution and emissions—protecting our air, soil and groundwater as well as the health of Ontarians.


Ontarians are recycling pioneers. You were first in the world to use the Blue Box for curbside recycling. It’s become part of a daily routine for 90 per cent of people across this province. Seventy-five per cent of you consider the Blue Box your primary pro-environment effort. Thanks to you, Ontario’s residential printed paper and packaging diversion rate is the highest in North America.

Because continuous improvement is the foundation of sustainable communities, at Stewardship Ontario, we’re constantly exploring, encouraging and investing in ever more innovative forms of packaging as well as increasingly efficient recycling technologies. It’s how the Blue Box will continue to exceed the government’s diversion targets. Learn More.

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