Garbage is waste that cannot be reused, recycled or composted. Avoid creating garbage.
The City collects one untagged bag/container of garbage a week. Have it out for collection by 6 a.m. on your collection day.
The City will collect any number of tagged garbage bags or containers (the bag tag page tells you where to get tags). Bags/containers must be less than 135L in capacity and weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs). Containers must have 2 handles and a fully removable lid. Containers with attached lids (hinged or connected with rope/zip-ties) or held closed by bungee cords (or other tie downs) will not be collected.
See a video on how to put out your garbage so it is collected as expected.
What goes in your garbage?
Have oversized, overweight or a large amount of garbage? See the Other Diversion/Disposal Options.
DO put these in your garbage:
- Coloured Styrofoam
- Crinkly plastic film, pet food bags and bubble wrap.
- Meat packaging
- Gift wrap and greeting cards
- Cereal/cracker liners
- Zipper style plastic bags
- Smoke detectors/alarms (yes, you can throw these in the garbage!)*
- Broken Glass (see below)
- Feminine hygiene products and wipes (of any kind)
- Single use coffee pods
- Dryer sheets, vacuum bags
- Toys (consider re-using or donating these first)
* Find more information on smoke detectors and their disposal at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Association.
DO NOT put these in your garbage:
- Hazardous waste
- Medical waste
- Materials that can be recycled
- Materials that can be composted
Make sure your garbage is collected as expected
- There is a one untagged bag/container limit per week for garbage.
- All materials for collection, with the exception of broken glass, must be contained in a bag/container.
- The City will collect two untagged bags/containers of garbage the week following New Year's Day, Victoria Day and Labour Day.
- Bags/containers must be less than 135L in capacity and weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs).
- Remove all tie downs and bungee cords when placing garbage at the curb.
- Have more than one bag of garbage? Purchase a $2 bag tag online or from a retailer and put it on your extra bag/container on collection day.
How to put out broken glass for collection
Broken glass and other sharp objects can hurt collection staff. To prevent injuries, please place broken glass in a cardboard box, taped shut and labelled as broken glass. Place this box next to your normal garbage. Broken glass in cardboard boxes does not count towards your garbage bag/container limit and does not require a bag tag. Please keep the weight of the cardboard box to 20kg (44lbs) or less.
If you need to regularly put out an additional bag of garbage due to medical circumstances, you can apply to receive Medical Exemption bag tags.
Missed collection or other collection issues
Was your waste missed? First look for a notice tag or sticker from solid waste staff. Still not sure why it was left behind? Call 613-546-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.