Material Recovery Facility

The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) receives and sorts Guelph’s residential recyclables.

The facility also processes additional recyclables received from third party haulers. The third party volume is critical in helping to generate revenue and offset operating costs.

What happens to your recyclables?

  • Newspaperis reprocessed and made into newsprint, magazines, flyers, catalogues and phone books.
  • Cardboardis reprocessed and made into new cardboard, brown paper towels or kraft paper bags.
  • Boxboard and phone booksare reprocessed and made into new boxboard, egg cartons, manilla envelopes, file folders, paper take-out trays and used in hydroseeding.
  • Fine paperis reprocessed and made into toilet and facial tissue.
  • Steelis smelted and made into new steel to make new food containers, automobile components and other steel products.
  • Aluminumis smelted and made into new aluminum to make pop cans.
  • Plastic pop bottlesare melted and made into carpets and fibre stuffing for textiles.
  • Vinegar and bleach bottlesare melted and made into motor oil bottles, solvent bottles, dishwashing soap bottles, liquid laundry soap bottles and new bleach containers.
  • Laundry baskets, margarine tubs and ketchup bottlesare made into plastic skids, plastic lumber, septic tanks liners, truck boxliners and drainage pipes.

For more information

Solid Waste Resources
519-767-0598
TTY: 519-826-9771
waste@guelph.ca