Material Recovery Facility

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

What happens to your recyclables?

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

For more information

Solid Waste Resources
TTY: 519-826-9771