Important changes to Blue Box Program begin Jan. 1

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Beginning Jan. 1 2024, Niagara Region’s residential recycling program will no longer be managed by the Region and responsibility for the program will be taken on by Circular Materials, a producer responsibility organization that is administering contracts for Blue Box (which includes Grey Box in Niagara) material across the province.The Region says the change is in response to Provincial regulations calling for municipal recycling programs in Ontario to transition to the primary producers of food and beverage products and packaging that end up in the residential Blue Box program. Starting in the new year, if residents have recycling program questions or require new or replacement Blue or Grey Boxes, they will need to contact the collection contractor for their area:

  • Miller Waste Systems– Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Welland: 1-833-621-0726 or
  • GFL Environmental Inc. – Grimsby, Lincoln, Pelham, Thorold, Wainfleet, West Lincoln: 1-855-769-3760 or

Niagara residents should experience very little change to their recycling routines. There will be no change to collection days, frequency or collection time. Residents should continue to have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. Residents can also continue to use the same Blue and Grey Boxes and recycle the same materials (with the exception of books).

This transition does not affect other waste services. Niagara Region will continue to collect garbage, Green Bin, leaf and yard waste and large household items and distribute Green Bins and Kitchen Catchers. At this time, the Region will continue to provide recycling collection to industrial, commercial and institutional industrial properties and operate drop-off depots which will continue to accept Blue and Grey Box material.