The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Durham Region reminds residents to protect waste collection workers

WHITBY, ON November 25, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents to keep the health and safety of waste collection operators in mind when they set out their waste for curbside collection.

Waste collection operators can be severely injured when collecting a garbage bag containing large pieces of broken glass, broken porcelain or unwanted hypodermic needles. For the protection of the operators, all waste set out for collection must be in compliance with the Region’s Waste Management By-law.

“Sharps” items—objects that can cut skin and come in contact with bodily fluids, such as hypodermic needles, syringes, EpiPens or lancets. To properly dispose of these items:

When setting out broken glass or porcelain, please:

Please note: Garbage collection for Oshawa and Whitby residents is the responsibility of the individual municipalities, rather than the Region of Durham. These residents are asked to check their waste calendars, or contact their local municipality, regarding the proper disposal of broken glass, broken porcelain and sharps.

For more information on the proper disposal of waste, the Region’s Waste Management By-law, or for the locations of Durham Region’s Waste Management Facilities, please visit, email, or call 905-579-5264 (toll-free at 1-800-667-5671).


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