Getting rid of garbage: winter edition

The importance of placement and safety to ensure waste pickup

Canadian winters can be tough. All the snow, ice, salt and more snow, ice and salt – it’s a continuous cycle. And when it comes to garbage and recycling, many questions come to mind such as “Where do I place my bins if I have a large snowbank?” or “Which side is considered the right side?”

It’s important to know the answers. Here are some reminders to ensure that your waste gets collected and tips to keep your driveway and curbside safe for everyone.

Where to place your waste

During the winter months, waste materials should not be placed behind or on top of snowbanks. It’s unsafe for you and waste collectors to retrieve bins from snowbanks as you risk a dangerous slip or fall onto icy pavement. Also, do not place your waste bins on the road – they will block oncoming traffic and prevent snowplows from properly clearing the street.

Place your collectible materials on the right side of the driveway approximately 0.9 metres (three feet) from the curbside. The “right” side is the right side of your driveway when you stand at the curb facing your house. Setting out waste materials in the correct spot helps prevent your bins from being buried under snowbanks during winter plowing operations.

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The CORRECT way to place your garbage and recycling in the winter.

The INCORRECT way to place your waste and recycling. Waste collectors will not collect waste materials that are placed behind or on top of snowbanks.

The INCORRECT way to place your waste and recycling. Waste collectors will not collect waste materials that are placed behind or on top of snowbanks.


Safety tips for collection

  • Another option may be to shovel a clear, flat and accessible surface on your snowbank upon which to place waste bins. However, your waste could get buried by snow-plowing operations if there is snowfall. Waste materials buried by snow may not be collected.
  • Ensure that your driveway is thoroughly salted so you and waste collectors can safely access and collect bins. Waste collectors may not be able to access your driveway if it’s too slippery.
  • Residents are required to remove the ice and snow on the sidewalk in front of or along your property by shovelling and/or throwing down salt.

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Additional tips for waste collection

Garbage, recycling and compost should be placed in acceptable containers. Please ensure that your garbage bins are regulation-sized containers (0.5 metres by 0.9 metres) with handles and removable lids.

Waste infographic

For complete details on acceptable bins and waste tips, please visit the City’s waste website.

 

 

 

Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

 

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