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How to set out garbage, recycling, and green waste for collection

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: waste and recycling

April 3, 2020 

To help prevent spread and protect our waste collection staff:

  • Dispose of all the following in the garbage in plastic garbage bags:
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Used tissues
    • Cleaning cloths
    • Face masks
    • Gloves
    • Sanitary wipes, even those listed as flushable or compostable
    • All similar items
  • Securely tie garbage bags shut and set out in your bin in your regular collection area

If you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick:

  • Double bag all personal waste in plastic garbage bags
  • Securely tie all bags shut and dispose of as regular residential garbage  

Unbagged or loose items will not be collected.

On collection day, give your bins some space. To make sure your bins are collected, follow these guidelines:

  1. Set the bins out by 7:00am.
  2. Place the bins so the arrows on the lids point toward the centre of the lane or the street.
  3. Space your green bin and garbage so there is a least 1 m (3 feet) of space on all sides, and 3 m (10 feet) of clearance above. Your recycling boxes and bags should be placed 1 m from your garbage or green bin and in such a way that collection crews can access them.
  4. Bring the bins back onto your property after they are emptied.

What the city picks up

Garbage

Dispose of items the right way. Learn what goes in your garbage bin.

Food scraps

Get tips for recycling your food scraps and avoiding odours and pests.

Yard waste

Most yard waste can be recycled in your green bin.

What we don't pick up

Recycling and disposal facilities

Not everything can go into your collection bins. Find out how to dispose of items at one of our facilities.