Safety tips for residents on how to properly set out their waste to help make waste collectors' jobs safer and easier.
Used personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes face masks and gloves, cannot be recycled. Safely dispose of used PPE in a black bag with other landfill waste and make sure it’s securely tied off. This will help protect our crews when they are collecting and processing your waste.
Help our Collectors Stay Safe in the Winter
The winter months can present a few safety hazards for our collectors. Please do your part to help keep them safe!
Clear ice and snow away from your collection area.
Place your cart in front of windrows or snowbanks, not on top, behind or in.
Place your cart on solid, level ground - no need to shovel down to the asphalt if the road is compacted with snow.
Avoid placing waste near downspouts or discharge pipes. Your cart could freeze to the ground.
Keep recycling light. Each blue bag should weigh less than 20 kilograms (44 lb).
Ensure your carts aren’t overfilled in order to prevent waste from falling out and potentially creating hazards. Use the WasteWise app to properly sort your waste.
Make your waste accessible. Place blue bags as close to the street or alley as possible, at least 1 metre away from carts.
Box and label sharps, including glass, nails and metal scraps. Learn about safe needle disposal.
If you have front street collection, park your vehicle off the street on collection day, if possible. If you are unable to move your car off the street, ensure it is at least 1 metre away from any cart on the street.
Be sure to set out your carts and blue bags by 7am on your collection day!