Garbage and Recycling

Blue Boxes and Garbage bags are collected weekly, on the same day each week. The garbage collection is done through a bag tag system. There is a weight restriction of 20kg (44lbs) per bag. The Blue Box collection is done through a two-box system. The two-box system alternates collection between material types every other week. Please have garbage bags and blue boxes to the curb before 7 am on your designated collection day, as collection can occur between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm.

The Annual Waste Management Calendar includes a collection route map determining the day of the week your garbage will be collected, and includes the collection calendar indicating the Blue Box material that is to be collected each week..

Please contact Miller Waste Systems Inc. (Miller) directly regarding missed collections or service complaints: 519-668-0072

Blue Box Separation - Alternating Pickup

There is no weekly blue box limit, blue boxes recyclables must be separated into two categories; Containers and Paper Products. The Township offers blue boxes for $11 + HST, available at the Township Office.

Please consult the Annual Waste Management Calendar for the scheduled Blue Box collection.

WEEK 1: Container Blue Box (Calendar BLUE weeks)

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Cartons, drink boxes, spiral wound cardboard cans, ice cream tubs, and paper cups (separate lids)
  • Glass bottles and jars (separate lids)
  • Plastic bottles, tubs, jugs, clamshell containers, and clear rigid packaging
  • Steel and aluminum cans, foil, and pie plates

WEEK 2: Paper Product Blue Box (Calendar WHITE weeks)

  • Cardboard boxes, egg cartons, tubs, and drink trays (flattened)
  • Household paper and envelopes
  • Magazines, catalogues, soft and hard cover books (remove hard covers)
  • Newspapers and flyers

Do you ever wonder where your recyclables go and what happens to them after leaving your door? Click on this educational video link of the local processing plant, the MRF, to find out.

Extended Producer Responsibility

Starting on July 1st, 2023 the Blue Box transition to extended producer responsibility will be in effect.

Circular Materials Ontario (CMO) will be responsible for operating the new system for blue box materials across Ontario. Malahide has an agreement in place with CMO to be able to continue to provide residents recycling services through the current contract with Miller Waste. 

During the transition there will be no changes to the materials you can recycle or the frequency of collection. 

Please continue directing any questions about recycling collection to Miller Waste by phone, 519-668-0072.

For more information on the transition to extended producer responsibility, please visit


Poster Displaying Recycling Streams Correct Sorting

Community Depots 

Township of Malahide residents have access to several community depots for waste materials.

St. Thomas Community Recycling Centre

  • 330 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas, Ontario.  Phone:  519-631-1680, ext. 4258.
  • Please visit the City of St. Thomas website for hours of operation, fees, and acceptable Material.


  • Aylmer Tire will accept four (4) tires from each residence per week.  If you have a large number of tires, or wish to confirm space at the depot prior to dropping off your tires, please contact Aylmer Tire at 519-773-3141. 49703 Talbot Line – (572 Talbot St. East)

Battery Recycling

  • Bring old batteries to the Township Office or the Malahide Community Place during regular business hours.
  • This program includes rechargeable batteries and regular batteries - AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt batteries.
  • The Township Office also accepts old cellphones. 
  • There is no cost for this program, batteries and cellphones are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.  

Additional Locations

  • Green Valley Recycling Corp. - 1200 Green Valley Road, London - 519-681-0606
  • Tri Recycling Inc. - 3544 Dingman Dr., London - 519-457-1566
  • Antonissen Trucking is licensed to accept household appliances only.  Wednesday - 8am to 5pm and Saturday - 9am to noon. You must call to arrange time at 519-773-8981 prior to drop off.



The Township offers backyard composters for $46.75 +HST and kitchen catchers for $3.50 + HST, available at the Township Office. Putting garden and kitchen material in a compost bin removes these materials from curbside waste collection and saves landfill space. A good composting technique is to build a compost pile in layers of 'greens' and 'browns'.

"Greens" - Nitrogen Rich Materials

  • Kitchen scraps including vegetables and fruit scraps, crushed egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds with filters and paper towels
  • Garden and yard materials
  • Grass clippings - or leave this natural fertilizer on the lawn

"Browns" - Carbon Rich Materials

  • Dry leaves
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Sawdust and shavings
  • Finely ground wood chips
  • Well shredded paper
  • Shredded egg cartons and cardboard

Items that cannot go into the Composter:

  • Pet manure or litter
  • Weeds that have gone to seed
  • Any diseased plants
  • Meat, fish, fowl or the bones
  • Fats or oils, dairy products, eggs, peanut butter, and salad dressings
  • Ash, sawdust or shavings from chemically treated or painted wood