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 and drop-off depots are fully operational. Residents are still encouraged to only use the sites if necessary.
Use curbside collection programs where possible, such as:
|Item||Information / Changes|
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||
Many container distribution locations remain closed due to COVID-19. The following locations have reopened for buying / exchanging containers:
You can visit one of the locations or continue to use an alternate, acceptable container for organics and recycling until more container distribution locations reopen.
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.
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 postponed and a new date will be announced. Compost isn't available at any of our sites at this time.|
Collection of waste electronic equipment at participating multi-residential buildings (apartments with seven or more residential units) are not being collected.
Residents are asked to hold onto their waste electronic equipment until collection resumes.
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.
|Large household items / bulk goods||
There's a maximum number of pick-ups or bookings each day to manage requests and to continue to focus on curbside collection of Blue/Grey Boxes, Green Bins and garbage.
You're allowed one booking per address per collection day. Once you reach the maximum daily number of bookings, you will need to schedule for your next available collection day.
|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.|
The Reusable Goods Depot at Humberstone has reopened for donations and container sales.
The Reusable Goods Depot at Niagara Road 12 is closed, residents are encouraged to hold on to donations during this temporary suspension.
Textile donation bins at drop-off depots are closed for donation or recycling as the bins are not being serviced by the contractor.
Collection of textiles at participating multi-residential buildings (apartments with seven or more residential units) are not being collected.
Hold onto clothing donations during this temporary suspension.
The following locations and amenities are closed until further notice: