Starting Oct. 19, changes are coming to curbside waste collection. Box it, bin it and sort it to reduce our environmental impact.
The new waste collection contract includes changes that will:
Residents who 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 composted.
To further promote our diversion programs, Niagara Region’s Waste Management By-law doesn't allow recyclable and organic material in the garbage.
We all need to do our share to reduce recyclable and organic waste being sent to landfills.
You can still put out the same amount of garbage. For example, if you currently have a limit of one garbage bag / can per week, you will be able to put out two garbage bags / cans every-other-week.
Only the frequency of garbage collection changes for residents and those businesses located outside designated business areas, not the limit.
Single family homes and apartments with six units or less can buy garbage tags.
Extra garbage bags over and above the one bag limit per unit need a garbage tag.
Your Blue Box, Grey Box and Green Bin will continue to be collected every week. There's no limit to the amount of recycling and organics that can be placed at the curb.
Green Bin program
If you don’t use a Green Bin / Cart for organics, now is the perfect time to start. Separating your organic waste is a perfect way to eliminate odours from your garbage can that will be collected every-other-week. Over half of what's placed in our garbage actually goes in the Green Bin or Blue / Grey Boxes.
Large items and appliance collection
Large appliances and scrap metal, such as stoves, dishwashers, etc. will no longer be collected at the curb. You can still recycle these items at our drop-off depots free of charge, or through scrap metal haulers / dealers.
Appliances with CFCs, such as freezers and refrigerators, are subject to a $20 fee per unit at the drop-off depots, unless you have pre-purchased the $20 CFC sticker.
For large household items, such as furniture, there's a four item limit for each residential unit, each collection day. Large items must be booked for collection two working days before your regular collection day. Request a large item pick-up.
Diapers and medical exemptions
Diapers and waste resulting from a medical condition will be collected weekly. Starting July 6, you can register for a diaper or medical exemption.
If you're already registered, you don't need to register again.
Buildings with Niagara Region curbside collection services will receive garbage collection every-other-week. There will be a two container limit per unit, to a maximum of 24 containers per building. Garbage tags cannot be used for extra bags.
Your Blue Box / Cart, Grey Box / Cart and Green Bin / Cart will continue to be collected every week. There's no limit to the amount of recycling and organics that can be placed at the curb.
Green Bin / Cart program
If your building doesn't have a Green Bin / Cart program for organic waste, now is the perfect time to start. Separating organic waste is a perfect way to eliminate odours from your garbage can that will be collected every-other-week. Over half of what's placed in our garbage actually goes in the Green Bin / Cart or Blue / Grey Boxes / Carts.
Blue / Grey Box / Cart program
If your building doesn't have a Blue / Grey Box / Cart program, now is the perfect time to start. At the start of each recycling program (Blue / Grey Box / Cart), units will receive two free reusable recycling bags, an introductory letter and information package.
Property managers and superintendents are responsible for purchasing Blue, Grey and Green Carts, in-unit kitchen catchers and replacing broken carts.
Inside a designated business area
Collection services inside designated business areas may be different between local municipalities, depending on the level of service selected and paid for by each municipality. Find your collection services.
Outside a designated business area
You will now have garbage collection every-other-week with a limit of eight containers. Your Blue / Grey Box and Green Bin / Cart will continue to be collected every week.
Industrial, Commercial and Institutional properties located outside designated business areas will have a combined limit of eight Blue and Grey Carts and a limit of eight Green Carts.
Green Bin / Cart program
If you don’t use a Green Bin / Cart for organic waste, now is the perfect time to start. Separating your organic waste is a perfect way to eliminate odours from your garbage can that will be collected every-other-week. Over half of what's placed in our garbage can actually be recycled or composted.
Rethink Your Waste at Your Workplace program
Whether you're getting your business organics and recycling program off the ground or your program is well established, consider joining our 'Rethink Your Waste at Your Workplace' program. Your business will be recognized for its commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, and have access to tools and support.
Some key environmental and financial benefits of every-other-week garbage collection include:
Reducing our environmental impact is everyone's responsibility. Sort it, box it or bin it to limit what's sent to landfills.
Illegal dumping can take on many forms, such as dumping garbage from a home or business into a public litter bin. Under the Region’s Waste Management By-law, this activity is not allowed and fines are still in effect
Research has proven that similar municipalities that have switched to every-other-week garbage collection haven't seen an increase in dumping, as residents have properly sorted and recycled their waste.
The Region provides waste disposal options for many illegally dumped materials, including furniture and appliances containing CFCs. Tires, electronics, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, appliances without CFCs, and residential leaf and yard waste (branches and leaves) are accepted free of charge at drop-off depots.
If you have questions about the changes, call the Waste Info-Line.
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.