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Preparing garbage for pickup

Your black cart is a safer, cleaner and more efficient way to take out the trash. Use the cart for things that you normally put in a bag or can (including yard waste).

What time does the City pick up garbage?

Set out your cart by 7 a.m. on your collection day and no earlier than 7 p.m. the evening before, and properly place your cart.

What can and cannot go in the garbage?

Visit What Goes Where? for a complete list of proper disposal and recycling options.

Will you collect extra bags?

Always fill your cart first before putting out any additional garbage bags.

Your black cart can hold three to four standard-sized garbage bags (66 cm x 91 cm). If your black cart is full, excess bags can be set one foot away from your cart for collection at no extra cost. We recommend you use standard-sized garbage bags that are strong enough to hold the contents and weigh less than 20 kilograms (45 pounds) each when filled. If you can easily lift the bag with one hand, it should be okay.

During periods of high volumes of garbage, such as spring and fall, we will collect waste in black carts but may limit the number of extra garbage bags that are picked up to ensure everyone gets service. If we are unable to collect your extra bags, please store them on your property until your next collection day.

Black Cart Collection Example

Do I need to bag my garbage?

Garbage must easily fall out of the cart when tipped into the truck. You can choose whether or not to bag your garbage before placing it in the cart, with the following exceptions:

Sharp objects
Wrap and place in puncture-proof containers.

Powders, dust and animal waste
Double-bag the bags and tie them.

Street sweepings
Put gravel, dust, rocks and other debris into a garbage bag. Double-bag and make sure it is under the 20kg (45 pound) weight limit.

Grass clippings
Place in garbage bags to ensure it easily falls out of the cart when tipped. To reduce the amount of grass clipping waste going to the landfill and to improve the quality of your lawn, we suggest leaving your clippings on the lawn.