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Garbage and recycling

The Trail Road Waste Facility is open. The facility will be open during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm

Please note: The Trail Road Waste Facility is open on Monday August 3 - Colonel By Day. Hours of operations: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

NEW: The facility will also be open to the public on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. :

  • August 8
  • August 22

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the following practices and precautions are in place at the Trail Waste Facility to keep both the public and staff safe, and must be observed by all individuals attending the landfill:

  • Payment is contactless (i.e., Interac, Visa, MasterCard, Amex) at the scale house to address physical distancing requirements.
  • The public will be permitted to sort their materials at the small load deposit area, however – sorting materials in advance is recommended.
  • Residents will be required to practice social distancing while in the landfill.

Learn more about landfill rates and payment methods.

There is no change to curbside garbage and recycling collection.

To help our waste collection operators complete their daily routes in a timely manner, during COVID-19, we ask residents to limit what they are placing at the curb.

Please hold on to bulky items like furniture, mattresses, couches over the next few months. Minimizing the set out at the curb of your large items and extra waste from spring cleaning, it will allow the collection operators to focus on regular household waste during this time.

It’s equally important to stagger your leaf and yard waste material by not setting out more than 2-3 bags per week.

By taking these measures, you help the waste collection operators to do their job efficiently and maximize their physical distancing.

Help our waste collectors stay safe so they can continue providing this essential service for you.

Household Hazardous Waste

Visit for updates on dates and locations. 

  • Do not dispose of hazardous material in your garbage.
  • Safely store them until a scheduled hazardous waste depot has been scheduled.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, used paper facial tissues should be placed in plastic bags and can go in the green bin as per regular waste disposal practices.

Litter (used gloves and masks)

Keeping Ottawa clean and litter-free is everyone’s responsibility.

We are seeing an increase in disposable gloves and masks discarded on the ground in public, especially in grocery store parking lots. Used gloves and masks are garbage and do not belong on the ground.

Improper disposal of garbage is a safety risk and harmful to the environment.

Residents should dispose of all garbage, including gloves and masks, in waste bins. If you take your used gloves and masks home, throw them away in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag, and be sure to wash your hands after.

Any person found depositing waste on any property can be charged with littering.

Garbage and recycling collection calendar

Download the Ottawa Collection Calendar mobile app for Apple and Android devices to confirm your collection day.

Download from the Apple App store.
Get it on Google Play

You can also use the search tool found below to find the collection schedule for your home address. Searching for your house number and street name will allow you to:

  • View, download and print the collection calendar
  • Sign up for reminders by email, phone or Twitter
  • Upload the collection schedule to your personal calendar (iCal, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook), or
  • Request a calendar be mailed to you

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Get a blue bin, black bin or green bin

  • Get a blue, black or green bin delivered to your home
  • The City will supply one blue and one black bin and one green bin per household.
  • The Green Bin Program is available in apartment and other multi-residential properties. Please contact your property manager for more information.

Damaged or Missing Containers?

If you have a damaged, broken or missing recycling bin or green bin, you can request a replacement online.  Please note that your damaged bin must be placed out by the curb for the exchange to take place.  Otherwise, please call 3-1-1 to schedule an exchange.  


Get a kitchen container, blue, black or green bin

Have you recently moved and containers are missing from your new property?  Have they gone missing or do you require additional bins?  Please use the following to request delivery of new bins:

Do not use other bins for organics collection

Please use the City of Ottawa green bin for organics collection. The bins have been specially designed and tested and are fitted for pick up by an automatic lifter on the collection vehicles.

Approved containers

For more details on approved container sizes, visit the City’s Solid Waste Management By-law.  

What goes in your blue bin

Important blue bin reminders:

  • All recyclables must be placed loose in an approved City of Ottawa blue bin to help with sorting at the recycling facility.
  • Plastic bags should not be used to package recyclables. They cannot be opened by the automated sorting process at the recycling facility and the plastic bags get caught in the equipment.
  • Clear/blue/biodegradable plastic bags are not accepted. Clean plastic grocery bags should be reused or brought to a Take it Back! partners.
  • Your blue bin should not weigh more than 15 kg when full.
  • Have a specific question about an item? Check the Waste Explorer.

What goes in your blue bin

Blue bin recyclable:


  • Empty bottles and jars


  • Metal cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Jar lids
  • Aluminum containers (clean or food soiled)
  • Aluminum foil (clean or food soiled)
  • Empty paint cans with lids removed
  • Empty aerosol cans (hairspray, paint, whipping cream)
  • Spiral-wound canisters with metal ends (frozen concentrate cans, potato chip tube)


  • Food and household containers numbers 1 to 7
    • Please note : Rigid #6 plastics such as yogurt cups and clear plastics are accepted, while expanded #6 such as Styrofoam and coffee cup lids are not accepted.

  • Take-out containers, bakery and produce containers (clam shells)
  • Pails (remove metal handle)
  • Planting trays
  • Flower pots
  • Single serve yogurt cups
  • Clear plastic egg cartons
  • Plastic bottles, jars and jugs
  • Tubs and tub lids (yogurt, ice cream, margarine containers)


  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Drink boxes
  • Soup boxes

Empty Alcohol Containers

Empty wine, beer and spirit containers greater than 100 ml purchased in Ontario must be returned, for refund at The Beer Store.


Place these items in your regular garbage.


  • Ceramics such as dishes, cups and pottery
  • Other glass such as drinking glasses, window glass, light bulbs, and mirrors
  • CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent) can be returned to a Take it Back! partner or a Household Hazardous Waste Depot


  • Metal clothes hangers
  • Scrap metal
  • Chip bags


  • #6 expanded polystyrene (such as styrofoam containers and packaging, coffee cup lids, meat trays and foam clam shells)
  • All plastic bags
  • Hard plastics such as dishes, cups, toys, make-up jars, laundry baskets
  • Motor oil containers

Find out what happens to your recycling.  

What goes in your black bin

Important black bin reminders

  • Paper and cardboard must be clean.
  • Your black bin should not weigh more than 15 kg when full.
  • Have a specific question about an item? Check the Waste Explorer.

What can I put in my black bin?

  • Newspaper and flyers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Telephone books
  • Cereal and cracker boxes (remove plastic liners)
  • Shoe and laundry detergent boxes
  • Writing and computer paper, paper pads
  • Hard and soft cover books
  • Paper egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls
  • Gift wrapping paper and greeting cards
  • Clean paper shopping bags or paper packaging
  • Frozen dinner boxes
  • Clean pizza boxes 

Place these items in your green bin:

  • Waxed paper
  • Food soiled pizza boxes
  • Other soiled paper products
  • Tissues and paper towels (soiled or clean)
  • Coffee cups (wax lined)

Place these items in your garbage:

  • Cereal and cracker box liners, chip and cookie bags and canisters
  • Chocolate bar and candy wrappings
  • Wooden clementine and orange crates
  • Foil wrapping paper, bows, ribbons
  • Paper and cardboard lined with foil

Find out what happens to your recycling

Waste Explorer

Not sure where an item goes? Visit the Waste Explorer to find out.

Not all materials can be thrown in the garbage. There are many items the City does not collect at the curb.

These include:

A lot of materials don’t have to end up in the garbage. They can be reused, recycled or donated to charitable organizations.

These include:

Give Away Weekend is another great opportunity to help others while keeping household goods out of the landfill. There is also a number of websites dedicated to selling, buying and giving away used and/or unwanted items.

How recycling works

What happens to our recyclables?

Many everyday items don't belong in the landfill and can instead be made into something new.

Did you know... most car parts, t-shirts, parkas, sleeping bags, home insulation, garden furniture, playground equipment and CDs use material from what you recycle in your blue and black bins.

Ottawa's recyclables are sorted and sold to different companies to reuse or to make into new products:

Recycled material New product
Plastic tubs and lids Flowerpots, plastic lumber, other plastic
Old newspaper and magazines New newspapers and magazines
Telephone books Egg cartons
Aluminum soft drink cans Aluminum sheeting for auto and general use
Steel cans Steel construction products
Old glass bottles and jars New glass bottles and jars
Plastic 2L soft drink bottles Polyester yarn for carpet, clothing, packaging
Juice boxes Paper towel and tissues

Recycling creates jobs in the manufacturing and service sectors and boosts the economy.

Recycling protects our natural resources. One tree filters up to 60 lbs of pollutants each year.

Together, we can do better.

Ottawa diverts just under 50% of garbage from the landfill. We're great at recycling cardboard and newspaper, but we could do better on recycling juice cartons and aluminum foil.

Here's how we're doing so far:


Percent Recycled





Aluminum cans


Soup and food, steel and tin cans




Plastic Bottles (#1)


Plastic Bottles (#2)


Computer paper, envelopes and other household paper


Milk/drink/soup cartons


Aluminum foil and trays


Report a problem with blue bin collection

  • Waste collection contractors operate between 7 am and 6 pm; please wait until after 6 pm before submitting a request for missed collection.
    • If your request concerns a missed collection, all material must remain at the curb to be collected once reported.
  • If the week had a statutory holiday, your regular collection day may occur one day later.
  • Your bin may not have been collected if it contained prohibited items.

Report a problem with blue bin collection

Report a problem with black bin collection

  • Waste collection contractors operate between 7 am and 6 pm; please wait until after 6 pm before submitting a request for missed collection.
    • If your request concerns a missed collection, all material must remain at the curb to be collected once reported.
  • If the week had a statutory holiday, your regular collection day may occur one day later
  • Your bin may not have been collected if it contained prohibited items

Report a problem with black bin collection