Waste collection changes coming as COVID pandemic continues

Garbage

Niagara Region is making some temporary changes to waste collection, as a result of COVID-19 and to assist in stopping the spread of infection.

Effective March 25th, Waste Management will be suspending curbside collection of large household item/bulk goods for single family homes and apartments with six units or less until April 17th.

Officials say it's a proactive measure and to redeploy collection staff to prioritize regular curbside collection of waste, recycling and organics.

All large items that are currently booked for collection between March 25 and April 17 will be cancelled, and those residents will be contacted about the cancellation.

During this temporary service change, residents are encouraged to hold on to their large household items until the service has resumed. 

For residents who need to dispose of their large item, they can be brought to a Niagara Region landfill site for disposal, free of charge. 

Large items can be rebooked for collection after April 17.

Further changes to curbside collection may be necessary as the situation evolves.

Precautions to assist waste collectors:

Waste collection continues in Niagara Region, and waste collection crews are hard at work picking up curbside containers (Blue/Grey Boxes, Green Bins and garbage containers). To help keep waste collectors safe, follow these waste disposal guidelines:

·       Used tissues, and other organic material, must be placed in paper bags or certified compostable bags and tied before being placed in the Green Bin, so they don’t fall out

·       All garbage must be placed in garbage bags and should not be loose in garbage containers

Placement at the curb

Residents are reminded that their materials must be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on their regular collection day and no earlier than 5 p.m. the night before their collection day.

As residents limit trips to the grocery store and utilize mail delivery kits, please be advised that the insulation inside the cardboard box will need to be removed prior to placing it in the Grey Box for recycling.