Niagara's new waste collectors ready to hit the street with "green" trucks

The second of Niagara Region Waste Management’s new collection contractors will leave a smaller, greener footprint when its vehicles hit the streets this October.

As of Oct. 19, GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL) will be deploying trucks running on compressed natural gas (CNG). This type of fuel emits less CO2 than diesel and gasoline and wastes less fuel. GFL handles curbside collection in:

  • Grimsby
  • Lincoln
  • Pelham
  • Thorold
  • Wainfleet
  • West Lincoln

The vehicles, displaying new graphics for the Region’s ‘Box it. Bin it. Sort it.’ campaign, were unveiled today at GFL’s yard in St. Catharines by:

  • Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley
  • St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik
  • Public Works Committee Chair Tim Rigby and Vice-Chair Kelly Edgar
  • Waste Management Planning Steering Committee Chair Terry Ugulini and Vice-Chair Albert Witteveen
  • Patrick Dovigi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Marsha Guy, Dave Vieira, Garth Gifford, and other members of the GFL team who will be responsible for Niagara operations

Miller Waste Systems, who will handle curbside collection in communities not covered by GFL, unveiled their fleet on Sept. 23.

GFL will be occupying the yard at 411 Glendale Ave. in St. Catharines. A site across the street, at 416 Glendale Ave. will be equipped with compressed natural gas fuel rails. The compressed natural gas is delivered by a Fort Erie-based provider, ComTech Energy.

“GFL is proud to be a partner to the Niagara Region and our team is excited and ready to bring our superior customer service to the community”, said Patrick Dovigi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GFL. “Since our inception in 2007, sustainability has been a key focus for GFL and we are committed to investing in innovative and sustainable solutions. We know that the Niagara community shares this commitment, which is why we have invested in 31 new CNG trucks to support the region in reaching its sustainability goals.

GFL operates facilities across Canada and in 23 states with more than 13,000 employees and provides local service to approximately four million households under municipal contracts, and more than 135,000 industrial, commercial and institutional customers.

“This is the first waste collection contractor to ever run on natural gas in Niagara,” says Catherine Habermebl, Director of Niagara Region Waste Management Services. “It’s an exciting opportunity for us to see one of our contractors show the dedication and commitment to the environment that we are projecting into our new campaign and collection changes.”​

Every-other-week garbage collection

Starting Oct. 19 – to coincide with Canada’s Waste Reduction Week - garbage will be collected every-other-week in an effort to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and increase the amount of recyclables and organics diverted from households and businesses.

Recycling and organics will continue to be collected weekly. In addition to every-other-week garbage collection, residents will see a four-item limit on large household item collection and the discontinuation of curbside appliance/scrap metal collection. More information on the waste collection changes can be found online.

How residents can prepare for the changes

  • Download the Niagara Region Waste app for Apple or Android smartphones. In the mobile app, you will find the garbage/recycling collection schedule specific to your address, with the ability to sign up and receive a collection day reminder. As part of signing up for a reminder, you will also receive updates in case of collection changes or delays.

  • Get a Green Bin if you do not already have one. Fifty per cent of what is typically disposed of in a garbage bag currently can go into the Green Bin, which will continue to be collected weekly. Placing your food waste in the Green Bin for weekly collection will avoid potential issues with odours and pests that may occur if this material sits in the garbage for two weeks.

  • Eligible residents who dispose of diaper waste or waste generated due to a medical condition can register for weekly pickup if they cannot fit this waste into the two bag/can garbage collection limit every-other-week, and/or are unable to hold onto this waste for a two-week period.

  • With the collection changes coming into effect the week of Oct. 19, residents will receive weekly collection of their recyclables – Blue Box, Grey Box Green Bin and leaf and yard waste, and garbage collection will start on its schedule of alternating weeks:
    • ​​​The week of Oct. 19 residents in Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet and West Lincoln will receive garbage collection
    • The week of Oct. 26 residents in Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Welland will receive garbage collection. There will be no garbage collection the week of Oct. 19 for these residents.

More information about the collection changes can be found online or by phoning the Waste Info-Line Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 905-356-4141 or toll-free: 1-800-594-5542.


Norm Miller
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3215

Dave Vieira
General Manager, GFL

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