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Garbage collection for small businesses

Yellow Bag program

yellow bag

The Yellow Bag program is a convenient and affordable garbage and waste diversion service for small businesses in Ottawa that generate smaller amounts of garbage.

Bi-weekly collection

Curbside garbage is collected every two weeks. Maximize your recycling and participate in the Green Bin program to minimize the amount of garbage you produce. 

Check your Collection Calendar to confirm your collection schedule.

What are the benefits of the Yellow Bag program to your business?

  • The program provides an affordable option for the collection of your business recycling, organics and garbage waste
  • It reduces garbage generated from your business with a focus on blue and black box recycling
  • It lowers your waste disposal costs
  • It leads to an increase in organics waste diversion through the Green Bin
  • It helps our community save valuable landfill space and
  • It shows your customers that you are committed to the environment.

Who can participate in the Yellow Bag program?

  • Any Ottawa business that generates sixteen bags or less of garbage every two weeks can participate and
  • If your business is located in a building with multiple business tenants, all businesses in the building must be Yellow Bag program participants and all of the businesses together cannot generate more than sixteen bags of garbage every two weeks
  • Anyone can register on behalf of your building

What is the cost?

  • Yellow bags are sold in packages of four for $16.40, only $4.10 per bag (effective January 1, 2021)
  • No additional fee is charged to have recycling and green bin material collected 

Where can I get yellow bags?

The yellow bags are available at participating Home Hardware retailers and a BMR. Here are the Home Hardware retailers and a BMR where you can purchase your Yellow Bags:

Yellow Bag Retailers Location
Trudel Home Hardware 140 George Street – ByWard Market
Morris Home Hardware 1226 Wellington Street – Wellington Village
Heron Home Hardware 1593 Bank Street – @ Heron Rd
Elmvale Home Hardware 1910 St. Laurent Blvd – Elmvale Shopping Centre
Trudel Home Hardware 329 March Road – Kanata
Stittsville Home Hardware  6001 Hazeldean Road – Stittsville
Richmond BMR 6379 Perth Road – Richmond
Capital Home Hardware 736 Bank Street – Glebe
Deka Home Hardware 545 Donald B. Munroe – Carp
Manotick Home Hardware 1166 Beaverwood Road., Box 970 – Manotick Mews
Leitrim Home Hardware  4836 Bank Street – South Gloucester

Bags can also be purchased at the following Client Service Centres by appointment only. Please select a location to book an appointment time:

How does the Yellow Bag program work?

  • Complete the Yellow Bag Registration Form
  • You may also contact 3-1-1 to have to the registration form emailed to you
  • If you are approved, the City will contact you
  • You will then receive a free blue and black box and green bin and a list of locations where you can buy yellow bags
  • The yellow bags are collected bi-weekly on your blue box collection day. Check your  waste collection calendar to confirm your collection day.
  • You can set out 15 containers of blue or black box materials during the week that each recycling stream is collected; and
  • You can set out a maximum of three green bins every week

Effective July 15, 2020, masks are required to be worn in enclosed public spaces at City of Ottawa facilities as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.

How to set out your garbage and recyclables?

  • Place at the curb before 7 a.m. on your collection day (Check the waste collection calendar to confirm your collection day)
  • Place garbage in yellow bag (not more than 15 kg or 33 lbs per bag). Limit is 16 yellow bags every two weeks
  • If your business is part of the special consideration program (diapers and incontinence products collection), yellow bags must be used

The Yellow Bag program does not accept:

Important reminder

If you have a legally binding waste collection contract with another company, you may be subject to cancellation penalties by participating in this program. Be sure to check with your service provider.


Find information on what goes in the greenblue and black bins.