Waste Collection Safety Tips

It's important to dispose of your waste properly to protect you and your waste collector from potential risks.

4 bag limit - to the curb by 7 a.m.

If the garbage bin is too heavy for you, it means that it's too heavy for collectors to lift too. If you could get cut from sharp objects in a bag, our collectors could also get cut. Collectors face these risks when waste is not disposed of properly and they need your help to make their job safer.

When it's time to throw out waste and recyclables remember the following to prevent injuries from happening:

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.

Break down cardboard

Fold boxes flat, and bundle to the same size as your blue box. Place next to or on top of your blue boxes.

Avoid Accidents

Broken glass and porcelain are very sharp. Wrap broken glass, porcelain and sharp objects in a puncture-resistant package ( i.e. cardboard box), clearly labelled as "Broken Glass" or "Sharp Objects" before setting it out beside your garbage for collection. If setting out glass from a table top or mirror, tape a large "X" shape across the front and back of the mirror in duct tape. Although this doesn't prevent the mirror from breaking, it reduces the amount of splintering if the mirror does shatter. The more tape you use, the better, so add extra strips of tape across the glass for even less risk. Make sure all sharp edges are covered.

Avoid Injuries

Do not put needles, syringes or lancets in your garbage, blue box or green bin. Please visit a local pharmacy to receive a free approved sharps container to fill and return to the pharmacy for proper disposal. Visit healthsteward.ca to find a participating location.

Winter Safety

During the winter, ensure waste and recyclables is free of snow and ice and visible to the collection crew. Clear driveways - do not place waste and recyclables on top of snow banks.


Always make sure your waste and recyclables is easily accessible from the curb and not hidden behind parked cars.

Protect the Environment

Anything in your home or garage that is labelled poisonous, corrosive, explosive or flammable is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of safely. Residents can drop off hazardous waste free of charge at any of the Region's Waste Management Facilities. Hazardous waste should never be disposed of in the garbage, green bin or blue box.

Following these guidelines will allow collectors to do their jobs quickly and safely.