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Public Service Announcement

Special waste collection services following ice storm in Durham extended for another week

WHITBY, ON January 3, 2014 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is offering several special waste collection services to residents following the ice storm.


From now until Jan. 10, the following special waste services will be offered to residents:

  • Garbage bag limits will be relaxed.
  • Free disposal of large branches and brush will be available at the Oshawa and Brock Waste Management Facilities only.

On Jan. 6 and 13 only:

  • Yard waste (such as branches) may be placed at the curb for collection. For branches less than 10 centimetres in diameter, residents should tie brush in bundles. Please ensure bundles are less than one metre in length and 76 centimetres in width. There is no limit to the amount of bundles during this special yard waste collection. Larger branches, and branches longer than one metre in length, cannot be collected at the curb; these may be taken to the Oshawa or Brock Waste Management Facility for free disposal.

Please note that day shift changes are in effect the week of Dec. 30 in recognition of the New Year's Day holiday. To check when your next collection day is, please visit Garbage and Green Bin collection for Oshawa and Whitby residents is the responsibility of the individual municipalities, not the Region of Durham.


Households across Durham Region who currently receive curbside collection services.
Please note, the Oshawa and Brock Waste Management Facilities will only accept large branches for free disposal from residents. Businesses and non-residents will be charged regular disposal fees.

Oshawa Waste Management Facility
1640 Ritson Rd. N., Oshawa

Brock Waste Management Facility
Sideroad 17, Brock


Many residents are dealing with a large volume of waste following the ice storm, such as downed trees and braches on their property, spoiled food and take-out packaging.


Residents are reminded there is no limit to the amount of green bin waste that can be set out. Those with large amounts of spoiled food from electricity loss can place this waste at the curb for composting. If you have more food waste than your green bin can fit, please place additional unpackaged food waste in a paper bag or rigid container, clearly labeled or identifiable as food waste. In addition, many take-out containers can be recycled in the blue bin. If you are not sure how to properly dispose of an item, visit

To ensure safety, residents are not to clear trees from roads, sidewalks and power lines. For trees or branches fallen on Regional roads, please contact the Works Department at 1-800-372-1102. For trees or branches fallen on municipal property, please contact your local municipality.

Residents are also reminded that Christmas tree collection will begin the week of Jan. 6. Ajax and Pickering residents' Christmas tree pick up will occur on regular collection days between Jan. 7 and 17. Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge and Clarington residents' Christmas tree collection will occur on the following dates only: Monday, Jan. 6 and Monday, Jan. 13. Oshawa and Whitby residents should refer to their municipal waste collection calendar for scheduled collection dates, or call their local municipality. Please note that yard waste such as downed tree branches will not be collected with Christmas trees.

Please visit for more information.


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