Niagara Region’s new waste collection contracts start Monday, Oct. 19, coinciding with Waste Reduction Week, a national environmental campaign to build awareness around sustainable and responsible consumption, and promote actions to divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.
As part of the
new waste collection contracts, Niagara Region is transitioning to a new
every-other-week garbage collection frequency, which will affect next week’s
curbside waste collection.
These communities will receive garbage collection the week of Oct. 19 – 23:
These communities will receive garbage collection the week of Oct. 26 – 30, and will not receive garbage collection the week of Oct. 19:
weeks will mark the beginning of every-other-week collection schedules in each
area. Only the frequency of garbage collection is changing. Residents can now
put out two garbage containers (cans or bags) on their garbage collection day.
The Blue Box, Grey Box, Green Bin and leaf and yard waste will continue to be picked up every week across all municipalities.
The new contracts will also bring adjustments to large item pickup, with a limit of four items per eligible property per garbage collection day. Residents must submit requests for large item pick-up at least two working days before their garbage collection, which can be done on-line on the large item webpage or residents can call their contractor for pick-up:
Appliances will no longer be picked up at the curb. You can still recycle these items at our drop-off depots, or through scrap metal haulers / dealers. Full details on all of the changes being made to waste collection can be found here.
There are changes to curbside collection for Multi-residential properties with seven or more units, Mixed-Use and Industrial, Commercial and Institutional properties (inside and outside designated businesses areas), which will come into effect on October 19. Visit niagararegion.ca/waste for more information on the waste collection changes for these property types.
Niagara residents’ collection days will remain the same in all municipalities, with
the exception of two areas.
Pelham residents currently receiving Wednesday collection will be changing to Monday collection starting Oct. 19. The new Monday collection area for Pelham (map) is bordered by:
All addresses in Wainfleet will have Monday waste collection. The new Monday collection area for Wainfleet (map) is bordered by:
There are no
other collection day changes for single family homes or apartments with six
units or less in other municipalities.
Why Niagara Region Is Making Changes
Niagara's residential diversion rate (the percentage of waste not going to landfill) has levelled off at around 56 per cent. We continue to send about 44 per cent of our waste to landfills, with materials, which could go in the Green Bin, Blue Box or Grey Box. To reduce the amount of recyclables and organic waste going into our landfills, we are making changes.
The new waste collection contract coincides with Canada’s Waste Reduction Week and includes changes intended to:
use their Blue Box, Grey Box and Green Bin should be able to stay within the
two garbage bag / can limit every-other-week. Waste audit results show that 64
per cent of what Niagara residents place in the garbage can be recycled or
We all need to do our share to reduce recyclable and organic waste being sent to landfills.
How Residents Can Prepare for the Changes
More information about the collection changes can be found online at niagararegion.ca/waste 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.
905-980-6000 ext. 3215
Director, Waste Management Services
905-980-6000 ext. 3204