Shortage in Blue Boxes Results in Temporary Suspension of Blue Box Distribution

Jun 21, 2021

A shortage in the material used in the production of Blue Boxes has caused a decrease in the City’s available supply for distribution to residents. Until supplies increase, the City of Greater Sudbury will only be taking Blue Box requests for residents moving into a new home, with a maximum of three Blue Boxes per order.

Residents can continue to place an unlimited amount of recyclable materials at the roadside by using a cardboard box or any other container similar in size to a Blue Box, such as a laundry basket or storage container, provided it does not have a hinged lid. If possible, these containers should be placed next to a Blue Box.

The ability to order Blue Boxes has been disabled on the Greater Sudbury Waste Wise app until supplies increase. For now, residents can call or chat live with 311 at to place an order and confirm eligibility.

Those who have placed an order for a Blue Box, but have not yet received it, will have their order delivered once supplies have been restocked.

Residents will be notified when regular orders resume.

The City of Greater Sudbury has been providing new, additional and replacement Blue Boxes at no additional fee to residents eligible for roadside waste collection services since the early 1990s. From 2019 to present a total of 52,257 Blue Boxes have been distributed.