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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?

Extra yard waste: Use paper yard waste bags. Extra branches can also be tied in 1.25 metre (4 foot) bundles with natural fibre string. Set the bags/bundles at least 30 cm (one foot) away from the side of your cart.

Extra paper bags must weigh less than 20 kg (44 pounds). If you can lift with one hand, it should be okay. Yard waste set out in plastic bags will not be collected.

Extra recycling: Extra bags are not accepted. Take extra recycling to a community recycling depot​ or save it for next week.

Extra garbage: Black carts can hold three or four bags of garbage. If it's full, extra bags can be set at least 30 cm (1 foot) 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 three metres (10 feet) of space above your carts. Keep away from basketball nets, eavestroughs and electric lines.
  • At least 1 m (3 feet) from obstacles on either side, such as parked cars, power poles, utility boxes, fences, downspouts and garages.
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