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Public Service Announcement

Don't let windy weather litter your neighbourhood

WHITBY, ON February 19, 2014 – With the recent windy weather conditions, The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents and businesses to help reduce litter in the community, during waste collection days.

Recyclables set out at the curb for Blue Box collection, including containers and paper materials, can blow away during windy weather. Follow these tips to help keep waste at the curb, rather than becoming neighbourhood litter:

  • If you only have a few recyclables, wait until your next collection day to set out your blue boxes; it may not be as windy. Remember, recyclable materials are collected weekly in Durham Region.
  • Place recyclables at the curb by 7 a.m. on the morning of collection day, not the night before.
  • Place papers and cardboard vertically (upright) in your blue box, instead of horizontally (flat). This will reduce the chances of the wind picking them up.
  • Stack your blue boxes at the curb, with papers held securely underneath the container box.
  • Don't overfill blue boxes. You can purchase additional boxes at the Waste Management Centre and local municipal offices. For more information, visit

For more set-out tips and other waste management information, visit


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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.