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Acceptable Container Sizes for Curbside Collection

Sizes of Garbage Bag / Recycling Container Allowed

Garbage bags must not exceed a height of 91cm (36 inches) and a diameter of 61 cm (24 inches)

A garbage bag / can or recycling container may not exceed:

  • Height: 91 cm (36")
  • Diameter: 61 cm (24")
  • Weight: 22.7 kg (50 lbs) when full

Garbage bags placed inside a container must not exceed the lip of the container.

All garbage cans should have handles on the outside of the container. For garbage cans with lids, the lid must be removable.

If your Grey or Blue Box is full, you may use a clearly marked, rigid, reusable container with handles or indentations on two sides for your recyclable items. Blue and Grey Box materials must be separated.

Buy Bag Tags - Look up collection limits for your location

Acceptable Containers for Garbage

The container must be no larger than three feet high and two feet in diameter.

Unacceptable Containers for Garbage

Metal or plastic barrels and drums, and cardboard boxes are not acceptable garbage or recycling containers.

Only flattened cardboard is acceptable inside a cardboard box.

Green Bin Substitutes

Garbage cans and similar containers can be used as Green Bins by putting a sticker that identifies it as "Organics".

Order your organic sticker online to identify your container as an organics bin.

Broken Glass

Sealed cardboard boxes may be used to store broken glass or sharp objects for collection.

Clearly write "broken glass" or "sharp object" on outside of box and call your collection contractor to book pick up:

  • St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, Welland and Fort Erie - Call Miller Waste Systems at 1-833-621-0726
  • Grimsby, Lincoln, Pelham, Thorold, Wainfleet and West Lincoln - Call Green for Life at 1-855-971-4550
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