Why does the Region charge for disposal at our Waste Management Facilities?
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2019 05:00 AM
We encourage residents to take advantage of the various types of curbside collection the Region offers, which are funded by your annual property taxes. In addition to garbage, green bin and blue box collection in most municipalities, collection also includes a full suite of curbside services for scrap metal, large appliances, waste electronics, porcelain (such as toilets), yard waste, Christmas trees and batteries.
User fees collected at our waste management facilities help fund the cost of...
Use salt responsibly to protect drinking water sources
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019 05:00 AM
Salt is necessary to prevent slippery conditions, but using it improperly can harm our drinking water sources. Too much salt can run off into water sources, affecting our drinking water quality.
Follow these strategies for the proper use of salt:
- Shovel as soon as possible during or after a snowfall to prevent ice from developing.
- Redirect downspouts away from walkways and driveways to prevent ice and runoff.
- Store snow so that it will not run across paved surfaces towards catchbasins or ditches.
Five recycling mistakes you can avoid
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2019 12:00 PM
1. Take-out coffee cups
Coffee cups don’t belong in the blue box. The plastic lining that prevents them from leaking also makes them unsuitable for recycling.
2. Plastic bags
Durham Region doesn’t accept plastic bags. Residents are advised instead to return them to retailers participating in the Plastic Bag Take-Back program.
3. Soiled cardboard
Paperboard and cardboard containers or packaging that have been soiled with food should be thrown in the green bin rather than the blue box. Contaminated paper...
Reminders for your waste collection day
Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018 12:00 PM
- Don’t be late. Set your waste out by 7 a.m. the morning of your collection day, but no sooner than 7 p.m. the evening before.
- Keep the weight down. Containers and bags should weigh no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) each. Items that are too heavy will not be collected.
- Winter safety. During the winter, ensure material is free of snow and ice and visible to the collection crew. Do not place material on top of snow banks.
- Avoid accidents. Wrap broken glass and sharp objects in a puncture-resistant...
Region looks at long-term organics management plan
Posted on Thursday, December 06, 2018 10:30 AM
While most households in Ontario have access to recycling programs, not all municipalities have organic waste programs. Most of the larger municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area have curbside green bin programs, but not everyone is using them. In Durham Region, waste audits show that one third of organic waste is still ending up in the garbage bag.
The Region is actively exploring options for a long-term organics management plan which will include the presorting of organics and recyclables from...