Garbage

Curbside garbage collection

Collection information

How often is garbage collected?

  • Garbage is collected every two weeks.
  • Green bins are collected every week.
  • Recyclables are picked up on alternating weeks (black bin one week, blue bin the next).
  • Blue bins and garbage are picked up the same week.
  • Leaf and yard waste is collected with your green bin.
  • Check your Collection Calendar to confirm your collection schedule.
  • Only non-recyclable items should be placed in the garbage.
  • Not sure where an item belongs? Please check the Waste Explorer.

How many bags, items or cans can be put out? 

Residents receiving curbside collection can set out up to six items every second week on garbage day.  

When and where to put your garbage

  • Put garbage at the curb any time after 6:00 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day and no later than 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Place bags or cans on the ground as close as possible to the roadway, but not on the sidewalk, roadway or on top of snow banks.

How to package your garbage

  • Do not put recyclables, organics or yard waste in plastic bags.
  • To avoid collections issues, please do not use shopping bags or small white garbage bags when setting your garbage at the curb.
  • Do not use cardboard boxes for garbage. Cardboard boxes are a recyclable item and must be placed in the black bin.
  • Make sure material is packaged or contained securely in a plastic garbage bag or garbage can to avoid loose debris.
  • All garbage cans, bags or boxes should not weigh more than 15 Kg (33 lb).
  • Separate all broken glass from your garbage and place it in a cardboard box clearly labeled 'broken glass'. Doing otherwise can result in serious injuries to collection operators
  • Sawdust, ashes and other material of similar nature go in your green bin. NO hot ashes please.
  • Add leaf and yard waste to your green bin. Do not mix leaf and yard waste, recyclables and garbage together.
  • All carpet should be tied and bundled. Bundles should be less than 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length, less than 60 cm (2 ft.) in diameter and less than 15 kg (33 lb.) in weight.

Acceptable metal or plastic garbage bag/container

Acceptable garbage containers

  • Maximum 125 litre capacity
  • Maximum weight capacity, less than 15 kg/33lb when full
  • Maximum 90cm/35" tall, 46cm/18" diameter
  • Two handles and a water tight lid. Container must not have fixed lids

Do not secure lid to garbage container with bungee cord/rope.

No loose garbage inside container.

Waste collection operators will not reach into garbage cans to retrieve bags as it could cause injury.

Do not place glass or sharp objects loose in plastic bags.

Examples of acceptable containers:

Maximum 125 litre can with wheels and removable lid 

TRASH CAN - 121L/32G WHEELED
 

Maximum 125 litre can without wheels and removable lid

Trash Can - 98l/26g

Unacceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes must not be used as a garbage container.  Cardboard boxes should be recycled or used for yard waste only. *Exception*  A cardboard box can be used to dispose of broken glass. Place broken glass in a cardboard box. Close/seal/tape the box shut and clearly mark on the outside of the box "broken glass".  Set cardboard box at the curb with your regular garbage.
  • Oversized and overweight containers (+15kg/33lbs).
  • Many wheeled containers  are too big and too heavy when full. Containers must be less than 125 litres with no fixed lids.

Examples of unacceptable containers:

220 litre / 50 gallon container

50 Gal. Brute Rollout Trash Container

240 - 360 litre / 50 - 80 gallon container

240 - 360 litre / 50 - 80 gallon container


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

For more details on approved container storage outside of garbage day, visit Property Standards by-law, section 12.

Disposing of bulky items

“Bulky items” that can easily be lifted into a collection vehicle such bicycles, floor lamps, mattresses, furniture, sinks, toilet bowls, barrels, pool pumps, pool covers and any other discarded materials, normally accumulated at a residential dwellings can be put out for collection on your garbage day. The total combined number of garbage containers and bulky items must not exceed six items every second week on garbage day.

Report a problem with garbage collection

Garbage may not have been collected if:

  • The garbage contained recyclables or green bin materials
  • The week had a statutory holiday, in which case your regular collection day may occur one day later.
  • 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.

Report a problem with garbage collection

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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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.

Holiday collection schedule

Christmas trees will be collected on the same day as the green bin. Please remove all decorations and place it at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.  Trees will not be collected if wrapped in plastic bags or if frozen in snow banks.

The City would like to remind residents that there is NO collection of green bin, recycling and garbage on the following statutory holidays:
 

Holiday Date
Family Day Monday, February 19, 2018
Good Friday Friday, March 30, 2018
Easter Monday Monday, April 2, 2018
Victoria Day Monday, May 21, 2018
August Civic Holiday Monday, August  6, 2018
Labour Day Monday, September  3, 2018
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 8, 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018
New Year's Day Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Recycling, green bin and garbage collection schedules will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week, with Saturday making up for the missed day.

For example, if your collection day falls on a Monday statutory holiday, collection would shift to Tuesday, a regular Tuesday collection day would shift to Wednesday, Wednesday to Thursday, Thursday to Friday, and Friday to Saturday.

Statutory Holiday Exceptions for 2018

There are no changes to the recycling, green bin, and garbage collection schedule for:

  • Canada Day (Sunday July 1, 2018 * NO collection delay during the week of July 2, 2018
  • Remembrance Day (Sunday November 11, 2018) *NO collection delay during the week of November 12, 2018

Diapers and incontinence products collection

The Special Consideration waste program was created for residents requiring collection of diapers and incontinence products on the weeks without scheduled garbage collection. Participating households can place one bag of waste diapers and incontinence products out for collection on the alternating week from garbage collection.

Registration

Register online now, or call 3-1-1 (613-580-2400)

How it works

  • Once registered, participants can place one garbage bag of diapers and/or incontinence products at the curb on the alternating week from garbage collection, on the same day as your black bin. Please check the online calendar.
  • Please place the garbage bag at the curb any time after 6 p.m. the evening prior to your regular collection day and before 7 a.m. on your collection day. There is no need to identify the garbage bag in any special way, other than ensuring it complies with the City’s acceptable container requirements.
  • Residents can renew their registration in the program annually as needed.

For more details on approved curbside plastic garbage bags, visit the City’s Solid Waste Management by-law.

Give Away Weekend

The fall Give Away Weekend will take place on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 2018

Do you have some gently used items that you no longer need? Someone else may want them. Don't put your unwanted stuff in the garbage. Set them out at the curb on Give Away Weekend. Tour your neighbourhood, community and city to find hidden treasures.

Examples of acceptable items

  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Old furniture and small appliances
  • Construction materials including drywall and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Unwanted gifts

Please consider safety when deciding which items to set out to the curb. The Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that used children's items such as baby walkers, yo-yo balls, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds, toys and other child-related items should not be placed at the curb for Giveaway Weekend.

Rules for setting out items

  • Place items at the curb
  • Place stickers or signs on items with the word "FREE"
  • Ensure any items you want to keep are away from your giveaway treasures or tucked away safely in your garage
  • At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back to your home

Give Away Weekend etiquette

  • Respect other people's property, don't walk on people's lawns and gardens
  • Take only the treasures marked free at the curb

We wish you best of luck in finding hidden treasures. It's another way to reduce our waste and protect our most precious treasure - the environment

Reminders

  • Leftover items can be donated to charitable organizations.
  • Visit usedottawa.com to buy, sell, and give away used items.
  • Check out Full Circles Ottawa who encourage the re-use of items that are already out in society and are no longer needed in their original homes.
  • Other websites to help get rid of unwanted items include Ottawa Freecycle, Craigslist and Kijiji.
  • Use our Waste Explorer to determine how to get rid of items that are not allowed to be placed curbside for garbage collection.

Trail Road Landfill: Rates, hours and potting soil purchase

Ottawa residents and businesses can dispose of waste material at this facility.
Please note: Potting soil will not be available for purchase in 2018. The next fee schedule will be available in 2019.

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