Check out our Recycling Guide!
Did you know?
It is possible to make caps and t-shirts out of recycled plastic bottles!
It’s easy to recycle in the North West!
It can be done in two steps!
- Choose a spot for recycling in your home. All details are available in the section Recycling at home…where to start? on this page.
- Start recycling at home by carefully following the preparation steps explained below and bring your recyclables to the blue bins nearest your home (see detailed list below).
In October 1997, the NWRSC Solid Waste Service (COGERNO at the time) introduced a recycling program on its entire territory. Blue bins were installed in various municipalities and LSDs` served by the Solid Waste Service. On a voluntary basis, people may bring: paper, cardboard, magazines, newspapers, metal, aluminum and plastic containers marked 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 (#6 NOT accepted)(a complete list of acceptable materials in the blue bins is available below).
In September 2004, the Solid Waste Service extends its recycling program to schools located on its territory. This new service will allow them to have access to a recycling blue bin to recover fibrous materials: paper, magazines, books, cardboard and more (visit the Schools section of this website for more information).
The Solid Waste Service owns a specialized truck that allows the collection of recyclables dropped off by residents in the recycling blue bins. The recyclable materials are then sent to l`Atelier des Copains in Saint-Francois. This regional recycling facility sorts the recovered materials and sells them.
Thanks to this program, new products will be created from recycled materials by the people of North West NB. For example, t-shirts and caps will be created out of plastic bottles. Compacts discs and bicycles will be created out of recycled cans and newspapers will become cat litter or other newspapers.
- Please note that this free program is intended for households in northwestern New Brunswick only (NWRSC territory only).
- Businesses are asked not to drop off their recyclable materials in the blue bins. The blue bins are for residents in the northwestern area only.
Recycling at Home… Where to Start?
To save time at the blue bins, sort your recyclables at home. You need 3 large containers (i.e. boxes, clothing baskets, bags, etc.):
- One for fibrous materials (paper and cardboard);
- One for metal and plastic (plastic containers, aluminum, tin cans, etc.);
- One for redeemable beverage containers (bottles, cans, etc.).
*You may place your redeemables in the same bin as the plastic and metal materials. This way you will need 2 recycling bins at home. It’s your choice!
- First sort your recyclables at home to make it easier at the blue bin.
- To save space, flatten all boxes before dropping in the bin.
- Rinse all containers with your dish water in order to save water.
- It is not necessary to remove the paper covering the tin cans.
- Remove lids and caps that do not have the recycling loop. They are not recyclable.
- Do not deposit plastic bags, nor biodegradable or compostable bags in the blue bins because they could contaminate the recycling cycle.
- Do not deposit glass containers in the blue recycling bins.
- Put the shredded paper in a small clear and tough plastic bag before dropping in the recycling bin (if the bag is too thin and brakes, the contaminated paper might not get recycled!).
- Remove plastic handles and metal openings on cardboard boxes. They are not recyclable.
- Combine business with pleasure: Combine recycling with your weekly activities (grocery shopping, hockey game, yoga). This way you will save on car trips and by the same token contribute in reducing pollution.
When your containers are full…
Go to the closest recycling depot and drop your recyclable materials in the appropriate blue bin:
- Do not deposit glass containers in the blue bins.
- Do not leave recyclables outside the bins (see photo below). Rain and snow make them unusable.
- Do not leave recyclables near the blue bins even if in bags.
Thank you for your collaboration!
You may lift the plastic and metal bin’s lid; it will be easier to drop off your materials
(see photo below).
Redeemable Beverage Containers
For redeemable beverage containers (bottles, cans, etc.), you have 2 choices:
- You may bring them to a redemption centre.
- You may drop them in the blue bin for plastic and metal.
Accepted and Not Accepted Materials in the Blue Bins
Paper and Cardboard – ACCEPTED
FROZEN FOOD BOXES (unwaxed)
CORRUGATED BOXES (shipping boxes…)
FOLDING CARDBOARD (cereal boxes, tissue boxes,
CATALOGUES AND MAGAZINES
FLYERS AND ADVERTISING INSERTS
ENVELOPES (with or without window)
SHREDDED PAPER (placed in small, clear and tied plastic bags)
BROWN PAPER AND BAGS
WRITING, OFFICE AND PRINTING PAPER
WRAPPINGS MADE OUT OF DIFFERENT MATERIALS (Pringles chip cans, pet food bags…)
FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS
DISPOSABLE CUPS (ex. Tim Hortons disposable coffee cups)
WRAPPING PAPER AND RIBBONS
PAPER TOWELS AND FACIAL TISSUES
WAXED PAPER OR CARDBOARD
ALL SOILED MATERIALS (pizza boxes, diapers, cat litter…)
VEGETATION (twigs, leaves, lawn clippings…)
Plastics and Metals – ACCEPTED
PLASTICS #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
ALUMINUM ITEMS (clean foil and pans)
TIN CANS (no need to remove label)
JUICE BOXES (without straw)
CANS AND PLASTIC BOTTLES (beer, pop, water, juice)
FOOD CONTAINERS (ice cream, margarine, yogurt…)
MILK CONTAINERS (plastic and cartons, including soy milk, almond milk…)
HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCT CONTAINERS (liquid bleach, soap…)
PLASTICS #6 (number in recycling loop)
PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS (without any recycling loop)
CELLOPHANE OR PLASTIC WRAPS
CHOCOLATE AND GRANOLA BAR WRAPPERS
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS (wood, insulation fiber, siding…)
OBJECTS MADE OUT OF RIGID PLASTIC (lawn chair…)
HAZARDOUS WASTE (aerosol cans, light bulbs, oil, paint, batteries…)
BAGS IN CEREAL BOXES
POTATO CHIP BAGS
PLASTIC OR BIODEGRADABLE BAGS
STYROFOAM (food trays, plates, cups…)
TOOTHPASTE AND COSMETIC TUBES
GLASS (redeemables, food jars, Pyrex…)
To determine if a product is recyclable, you can refer to the symbol found on many products and packaging. The Möbius Loop is the international symbol for recycling which indicates that the product can be recycled and that it can also be made of recyclable materials as indicated by the percentage found inside the loop.
The Möbius Loop is also found on the bottom of plastic containers with a number indicating that the container can be recycled. In the North West, plastic containers with numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7are recyclable. Plastic containers with number 6 are NOT recyclable in this region.
Location of recycling bins (blue bins)
In front of Long Fertilizer
Corner of Morin and Drummond Station streets
CN Station (Gallant Entreprise Ltd)
Hansen’s Meat Shop
Madawaska Shopping Centre
Community Palladium (located at the back)
Grand Falls Shopping Centre
Main Street (Former Municipal Building)
St-Georges Church Parking Lot
Main Street (in front of school)
Corner of Saint-François and Saint-Antoine streets
Dr-Lorne-J.-Violette Public Library
One Stop Redemption Centre (11467, Route 144)
Municipal Building (in the back, on Deschênes Street)
Businesses and Organizations
Recycling in the Work Place
The Solid Waste Service asks businesses and organizations NOT to deposit their recyclable materials in the blue recycle bins located throughout the region. These containers are intended for household recyclable materials pick-up only.
Thank you for your understanding!
Recycling in the work place is possible!
Here are two organizations that offer to pick up recyclables directly at the businesses’ doorsteps:
- From Saint-François to Drummond: Atelier des Copains (506) 992-2739
- Saint-Quentin and Kedgwick: Gaétan Bossé (506) 235-3268
For any questions on recycling in a business environment, please contact the NWRSC Solid Waste Service at (506) 263-3470 or 1-800-561-0456.
Recycling Redeemable Beverage Containers at Work
Here are three organizations in the region that offer to pick up redeemable beverage containers directly at businesses’ doorsteps:
- From Saint-François to Drummond: Atelier des Copains (506) 992-2739
- From Saint-Hilaire to Saint-Anne: Le Légumier (506) 263-5311
- Edmundston Region: J L Bottle Exchange (506) 739-6914