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Cart placement tips

The City uses trucks with mechanical arms to pick up black, blue and green carts.

The mechanical arms need space to reach, grab and lift the bins. To make sure your carts are collected quickly and safely, they need to be properly placed.

For a print guide on using your carts, download Your Guide to Cart Collection.

Follow these quick steps to get ready for collection day

Fill your cart

Fill your carts and lower the lids. Make sure the material isn't packed in too tightly.

Food and yard waste belongs in the green cart. See Using Your Green Cart.

Recyclables belong in the b​lue cart. See Using Your Blue Cart.

Garbage belongs in the black cart. See Using Your Black Cart.

Fill Your Cart  

Is your cart full?

  • If possible, please hold onto extra garbage, recyclables or yard waste until your next collection day, when you can fit them into the appropriate cart. Alternatively, please ask your neighbours if they have space in their carts that you could also use.
  • During busier periods, we will collect material inside the cart, but may limit the number of extra bags we pick up to make sure everyone gets service. If some of your extra bags are not picked up, store them on your property until the next week's collection. 

Extra yard waste

  • Fill your green cart first, then use paper yard waste bags when your green cart is full.
  • Roll the tops of the bags closed to prevent spills and allow your collector to pick up bags properly.
  • Place bags at least 0.5 m (2 ft) away from the side of your cart.
  • Extra paper yard waste bags must weigh less than 20 kg (44 pounds). If you can lift with one hand, it should be okay.
Extra recycling: Extra bags are not accepted. All recyclables must be inside the blue cart.


  • Break down boxes to make extra room in your blue bin.
  • Take extra recycling to a community recycling depot or save it for next week.

Extra garbage: 

  • Fill your black cart first - it can hold three or four bags of garbage.
  • When you cart is full, use standard garbage bags and securely tie closed. Only put bags out on pickup day.
  • Place extra bags at least 0.5 m (2 ft) away from the side of your cart.
  • Extra garbage bags must weigh less than 20 kg (44 pounds). If you can lift with one hand, it should be okay.

Place your cart

To ensure collection, carts need to be out by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Place the carts on flat ground, not on a raised platform.

  • Front street: Place cart wheels against the curb.
  • Back lane: Place cart wheels with enough space to walk between your cart and your back hedge, garage or fence.

Winter tips

  • Clear snow and ice to put your carts on even ground. Place carts in a dry area so they don’t get frozen to the ground.
  • Don’t place carts behind or on top of snow banks.
  • Clear snow off your blue cart lid and keep the lid closed so that paper and other recyclables stay dry.

Please note: Where you place your cart may change during snow route parking bans or spring street cleaning.

Place Your Cart  

Cart spacing

Leave enough space around your carts so you can walk between and around them.

  • At least 3 metres (10 f) of space above your carts. Keep away from basketball nets, eavestroughs and electric lines.
  • At least 1 m (3 ft) from obstacles on either side, such as parked cars, power poles, utility boxes, fences, downspouts and garages.
  • At least 0.5 m (2 ft) of space behind your carts.
Cart Spacing  

Storing carts

Put your carts away by 7 p.m. on your collection day by pulling them back against your fence or property. Don't leave your carts blocking the alleyways.

This helps keep our alleys clean and prevents others from using your carts.

You are responsible for taking care of your cart and keeping it clean.

Storing Carts