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Region of Peel - Working for you

Bi-Weekly Bag-Based Waste Collection

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Garbage and recycling in the Region of Peel is now collected every other week.

Since your residence is a part of a townhouse/condo corporation and/or has limited space, you'll continue to use bags for garbage and recycling along with your new organics (green) cart for your food waste.

This video gives an overview of preparing your garbage, recycling and organics for collection.

Bi-weekly means that recycling and organics will be picked up one week, then garbage and organics will be picked up the other week.

One week
(organics and recycling)
organics cart and recycling bags
The other week
(organics and garbage)
organics cart and garbage bags

Garbage

You can put your garbage in an individual bag and place it at the curb, or you can put your garbage in cans or containers. Both are acceptable for curbside garbage collection in your area.

You can put out a total of 4 garbage bags or 2 full containers on your garbage collection day (every other week). If your garbage exceeds this amount every two weeks, you will need to buy garbage tags.

Plastic garbage bags garbage bag

Plastic garbage bags must be strong enough to securely hold their contents.

Each bag:

  • Should be no larger than 66 cm (26 in) wide and 90 cm (35 in) high.
  • Should be no smaller than 30 cm (12 in) wide and 30 cm (12 in) high.
  • Should be closed or tied at the top.
  • Should weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs).
Garbage cans or containers garbage container

Garbage cans or containers must be rigid with removable lids and rigid handles that are attached or moulded to the container.

A can/container:

  • Should be no larger than 95 cm (38 in) high and 60 cm (24 in) wide.
  • Have a capacity of 125 L (27.5 imperial gallons) or less.
  • Should weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs).

Recycling

Recycling bag

Your recycling must be placed in a clear or blue transparent bag to be collected.

  • Do not place your recyclables in plastic garbage bags or shopping bags.
  • On your recycling collection week you can put out unlimited bags of recycling as long as it is in transparent or clear blue bags.

Some additional tips:

  • Cardboard boxes must be flattened before being placed in a recycling bag.
  • Put plastic grocery bags, plastic newspaper bags, plastic wrapping and thin plastics into one tied plastic bag, then put the tied bag in a recycling bag.
  • Separate rolled newspapers from plastic bags and elastics. Flatten the newspaper and put it in a recycling bag and reuse the elastic or put it in the garbage.
  • Separate cardboard beverage cases from plastic wrapping. Put both items in a recycling bag.
  • Create more space in your recycling bags by:
    • Flattening plastic bottles and beverage cartons.
    • Folding aluminum trays.
    • Flattening small cardboard boxes

Condo corporations, quadruplexes and townhouse complexes are better suited for bagged collection due to:

  • Limited storage space: no ability to store carts at the side of the home.
  • No access to the backyard from the garage.
  • Narrow and/or internal roadways.

Please have your condo corporation contact the Region at Biweeklyinquiry@peelregion.ca if you would like your complex to be considered for cart-based collection. 

The new organics cart is 100L and comes in one size only.

64 cm
2 ft 1 in
51 cm
1 ft 8 in
99 cm
3 ft 3 in
organics cart

Download Organics (Green) Cart Owner's Manual [PDF]

Your new organics cart:

  • Has a unique lock that keeps animals out.
  • Will hold the same amount of organic waste as 2 current green carts or 14 small organics containers.
  • Will be collected weekly.
  • Means you'll have less "smelly" stuff to store.

Place your organics cart 3 ft away from your bagged garbage or recycling. Face the front of your organics cart towards the street and the handles towards your house.

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