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Waste and Garbage - FAQ


What does "waste" mean?

Waste includes any litter or refuse as defined under the Waste and Recycling Bylaw.

Where can I obtain a copy of the Waste and Recycling Bylaw?

You can obtain a paper copy of the bylaw from the City Clerks office or download an electronic copy.

Can I store waste materials on my own property?

It is a violation of theCommunity Standards Bylaw 5M2004 to allow waste material to accumulate on your property.

What types of waste are not collected by Waste & Recycling Services at my residence?

Please see the "What goes where?" search tool here to learn about proper recycling and disposal of an item.

  • Items longer than 1.25 m or heavier than 20 kg.
  • Automobile waste including parts, tires and batteries.
  • Building materials, fences or gates.
  • Large household appliances and furniture, mattresses and box springs. It is the owner's responsibility to take these items to any of the City landfills for disposal.
  • Trees, tree limbs, shrubs, bushes, loam, gravel, sod and prunings that are not properly packaged.
  • Dead animal or animal parts.
  • Household chemicals or hazardous waste.
  • Liquids
  • Waste that is unsafe to the collector to access or handle.

What do I do about my tree trimmings?

Waste & Recycling Services will pick them up, provided that all prunings are bundled into 1.25 m (4 feet) lengths or less and individual bundles do not weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs.). Prunings cannot be stored or piled loose in the lane.

What about my grass clippings?

Grass clippings or garden waste should be stored in plastic bags no heavier than 20 kg and left for collection. This kind of waste cannot be stored or piled loose in the lane. It can, however, be composted.

What do I do with medical waste?

Hypodermic needles/medical waste must be packaged and made safe for collection. Place them in puncture resistant non-breakable containers with a tight-fitting lid.

How do I dispose of sharp objects (glass, mirrors etc.)?

Sharp objects must be packaged and made safe for collection. Place them in puncture resistant non-breakable containers with a tight fitting lid. Glass containers can be recycled at your neighbourhood recycling depot or in your Blue Cart.

How do I dispose of animal waste and carcasses?

Animal waste (i.e. feces) as well as sawdust, ashes, etc. must be packaged into securely tied double plastic garbage bags and placed inside your waste containers for collection.

Animal carcasses cannot be set out for normal residential garbage collection, but must be taken to a proper disposal facility. Animal carcasses can be taken to a City landfill site. In the case of pets, citizens can also make arrangements with their vets.

What are the bylaw regulations regarding setting out my garbage onto the street or lane?

For Lane Service:

  • Place your garbage beside the lane, so that collectors have direct and safe access.
  • Don't place your garbage behind a fence or in a garage because collectors are not permitted on private property.

For Front Street Service:

  • If you have no sidewalk, place your garbage on your side of the curb.
  • If you have a sidewalk joined to the curb, place your garbage on your property by the sidewalk.
  • If you have a separate sidewalk with a boulevard, place your garbage on the boulevard and make sure it is close to the curb.
  • Your garbage must be set out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection and no earlier than 7 p.m. on the day before collection.