Norfolk County ‘Simple Sort’ Recycles

Image of how to properly recycle using the two sort system, versus the improper way of putting it in bags


Norfolk County recycles uses the 2-box ‘Simple Sort’ system. Instead of putting all of our recyclables in or beside a recycling box, residents must 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 tall, black box for container packaging such as metal cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles and tubs.  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
  • Steel 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



Do you require a recycling box?

Recycling boxes may be purchased by calling 519-426-5870 or 226-NORFOLK ext. 0 or by going to Simcoe Recreation Centre, 182 South Drive, Simcoe. A fee of $13.50 for tall boxes and $12.75 for small boxes is applicable.