The Recycling Program is managed by the County of Peterborough. For addtional information regarding recycling visit: and scroll down to Blue Box Recycling. 

New Recycling Collection Contract Q&A 

The County of Peterborough has entered into a new collection contract (as of November 1, 2019) with the company Emterra.  Click on the link below and you will find complete answers to questions about the change in the Company providing this service (recycling collection), as well as the impact this change will have for North Kawartha residents and the residents of Peterborough County.

If you're looking for a quick summary of FAQs regarding this change click here.

Blue Boxes

  • The 2 stream recycling program consists of one blue box for the collection of fibres and one blue box for the collection of containers. Please keep fibres and containers in separate blue boxes.
  • Set out recycling before 7:00 am.
  • There is no recycling limit for number of Blue Boxes.
  • If the Contractor (Emterra) misses emptying your recycling blue box, please contact Emterra directly at 705-742-3139, or the County of Peterborough 705-775-2737 as soon as possible.  Reporting without delay will ensure that any concerns are addressed as they occur.
  • If you missed your recycling collection, you may take it to the nearest transfer station, or put it out at your next collection day. Blue box recycling does not require bag tags. 
  • Additional blue boxes are available at a cost of $5.00 each, at the Municipal Office and both the Anstruther and Haultain Transfer Stations. 

Recycling Videos

  1. Contamination in recycling is a growing problem. The County/City of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes have prepared a video showing what you can do to help.Click here to view the video.
  2. Tara Stephen, Manager of Waste Management for the County of Peterborough, in an interview, discusses the recycling program in our area, and provides insight into how materials in Peterborough County are managed, as well as where they go once they have been collected. Click here to view the video.
  3. Know before you throw, where should recycling go? Reduce, re-use, recycle are three things we can all do to help the environment. However, Blue Boxes that are not sorted properly will no longer be collected. Katrina Squazzin of CHEX News has the story. Click here to view the video.
  4. Waste Diversion Section Manager Dave Douglas, and Lindsay Biscaia of CHEX News, participate in a rapid-fire round of Recycle Questions & Answers. Click here to view the video.

If after viewing these videos, you require additional information or clarification, please visit The County of Peterborough website, or call The County at 705-775-2737.


The sorting method applies to recycling for Curbside and at the Transfer Stations.  

Acceptable Fibres

  • Paper (newspapers, writing paper)
  • Construction paper
  • Magazines
  • Envelopes, junk mail, flyers
  • Telephone and paperback books
  • Egg cartons and brown paper bags
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • File folders
  • Food boxes (Note: liners must be removed)
  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Flattened and bundled cardboard no bigger than 75cm x 75cm x 20cm or 30” x 30” x 8” (bundles can be outside the blue box)
  • Plastic bags (grocery, milk, and produce bags) - place all in one bag, and tie. 

Non-acceptable Fibres

  • Toilet paper and paper towel
  • Napkins and parchment paper
  • Used paper plates
  • Frozen food boxes, waxed cardboard
  • Chip bags, chocolate bar wrappers, plastic stretch wrap
  • Liners from cracker/cereal boxes

Acceptable Containers (please rinse out)

  • Any empty container that has held a liquid (including cardboard containers)
  • Containers for general household cleaning products
  • Coloured and clear bottles and jars
  • Plastic food and drink containers, tubs and lids
  • Metal pop cans, pie plates and tin foil
  • Metal food and drink cans and tins
  • Empty metal paint cans, lids removed
  • Empty windshield washer jugs
  • Empty aerosol containers
  • Milk cartons, coffee cups and and juice boxes

Non-acceptable Containers

  • Empty oil jugs
  • Broken glass
  • Window glass
  • Pyrex, ceramic or other dishware
  • Scrap metal, utensils, pots and pans
  • No Styrofoam of any kind

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