Norfolk County ‘Simple Sort’ Recycles.

Norfolk County recycles using the 2-box ‘Simple Sort’ system. Instead of putting all of our recyclables in or beside a recycling box, resident now separate recyclables into two boxes.

Use the small recycling box you already have (blue or black doesn’t matter) for paper products such as newspapers and magazines, paper packaging such as boxboard cartons for cereal and tissues and the bag of plastic bags.

Use the new, tall, black box for container packaging such as metal cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles and tubs. Refer to your ‘Simple Sort’ Recycling Guide for complete details concerning what is recyclable and how to prepare materials. All items should be clean and free from food residue.

The following are examples of what material to place in each box:

Small Box
  • Regular paper bags
  • Newspapers
  • Flyers
  • Shipping and packing boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Shoe boxes
  • Plastic bags (loose plastic bags should be bundled into one bag and tied shut)
  • Boxboard
  • Paper fibres


Tall Box
  • Juice boxes
  • Pop cans
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Metal aerosol cans
  • Glass jars
  • Recyclables showing numbers 1-6
  • Foil wrap
  • Steal and aluminum cans
  • Plastic beverage bottles
  • Foil food trays
  • Milk/juice cartons


The following items are NOT accepted as recycling and should be placed in the trash:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Paper/take-out coffee cups
  • Envelopes with bubble liners
  • Chip or other foil bags
  • Plastic straws or wrapping
  • Foil-lined cardboard lids
  • Wrap for butter, cigarettes
  • Plastic paint cans
  • Dog/Cat food bags
  • Mulch/Fertilizer bags
  • Plastic children’s toys
  • Plastic cutlery/plates
  • Clothes hangers
  • Frying pans/cooking sheets

Tall Black Box

A tall black box was delivered to every house and business that sets recyclables at the curb for collection. If you did not get or don’t have a tall, black box or a ‘Simple Sort’ Recycling Guide (also available here), call or visit County Customer Service at:


183 Main Street of Delhi, Delhi
519-582-2100 or


50 Colborne Street South, Simcoe


22 Albert Street, Langton

We’ve Added New Materials That You Can Recycle

Have a look at the recycling guide to learn about the new materials you can recycle. If you want, you can start saving those materials, but don’t put them out for collection until after ‘Simple Sort’ starts in May!

Simple Sort 2-Box Recycling Guide