Temporary Waste Collection Changes due to COVID-19

Niagara Region has declared a state of emergency which means you should stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Placing large amounts of garbage at the curb, over and above the one bag / can of garbage, puts a strain on the waste collectors during these unprecedented times. Do your part and help make sure our front line workers can get home safely and in a reasonable time to be with their families.

Landfills

Landfills and drop-off depots are fully operational. Residents are still encouraged to only use the sites if necessary.

  • Expect longer than usual wait times to make sure there's proper physical distancing on drop-off pads
  • The preferred method of payment at all landfill sites is debit and credit, using the tap option
  • Reusable goods / textile recycling remains closed as they're operated by a third party

Use curbside collection programs where possible, such as:

  • Garbage tags for extra bags of garbage
  • Unlimited Blue / Grey Box collection for recyclables
  • Unlimited leaf and yard waste. Ripped leaf and yard waste bags must be re-bagged or placed in another container to ensure material can be collected.

Service Changes

Item Information / Changes
Batteries

Curbside battery collection for 2020 is cancelled.

Batteries are hazardous and can't go in the garbage or recycling. Setting out non-collectable / hazardous material at the curb carries a fine of $500 as per the Waste Management By-law. Incorrect disposal can pose a threat to worker safety and the environment.

Curbside recycling containers

Consider using an alternative container for organics and recycling. Alternate containers must be obvious to collection staff, such as clearly labelled or have an open top so sorted materials are visible, otherwise material may be left behind. Alternate containers should have handles and must not exceed: 91 cm (36 inches) tall, 61 cm (24 inches) wide or 22.7 kg (50 pounds) when full.

Many container distribution locations remain closed due to COVID-19. The following locations have reopened for buying / exchanging containers but may have limited Green Bin stock until more can be acquired:

  • Bridge Street Landfill (Fort Erie)
  • Goodwill Reuse Centre (Humberstone Landfill - Welland)
  • Goodwill Niagara (St. Catharines locations)
  • Grimsby Benevolent Fund Reuse Centre (Niagara Road 12 Landfill - West Lincoln)
  • Recycling Centre (Niagara Falls)

You can also purchase containers online. They must be picked up at select stores on the selected dates.

Any concerns or questions regarding recycling / organics containers should be directed to the Waste Info-Line at 905-356-4141 or 1-800-594-5542.

Compost The compost giveaway is Sept. 14 to 19. Compost isn't available at any of our sites at this time.
Garbage

Garbage must be bagged and not loose in containers. Several smaller kitchen sized garbage bags may be used and placed inside a garbage container.

Garbage tags are now available for purchase online.

Leash-free dog parks

The Regional leash-free dog parks in Port Colborne and Pelham are open. Residents should continue to keep a physical distance of two metres from others. Use at your own risk, Niagara Region is not disinfecting the sites.

Naturalization sites The Regional naturalization sites in Port Colborne, St. Catharines and Wainfleet are open. Residents should continue to keep a physical distance of two metres from others. Use at your own risk, Niagara Region is not disinfecting the sites.
Organics Place used tissues and other organic material in paper bags or certified compostable bags. Bags must be tied before being placed in the Green Bin so nothing falls out.
Recyclables (drop-off) Residents can recycle electronics, batteries, metal, white goods and tires at Walker Environmental. All other items will be placed in open garbage containers and disposal fees will apply.
Reusable goods

The Reusable Goods Depot at Humberstone and Niagara Road 12 have reopened for donations and container sales.

Textiles

Textile donation bins at drop-off depots are closed for donation or recycling as the bins are not being serviced by the contractor.

Hold onto clothing donations during this temporary suspension.

Closures

The following locations and amenities are closed until further notice:

  • Recycling centre office at 4935 Kent Ave. in Niagara Falls
  • Most recycling / organic container distribution locations in Niagara. See curbside recycling container section for open locations.
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