Garbage, Recycling and Composting
Residents are reminded that all items must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of your collection day in order to ensure it is picked up. Collection crews are unable to return for late set-outs.
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The Town provides the following curbside collections. Please choose one of the following for more information:
There is a three (3) bag or container limit for each dwelling unit, business or industrial establishment, except for those businesses on Main Street within the Business Improvement Area (BIA) located between Albert Street to Park Drive.
All garbage should be placed in a container (excluding cardboard boxes) or plastic bag designed and sold for the purpose of containing garbage. Containers not accepted for collection include:
- containers including contents weighing over 22 kg (50 pounds)
- oversized (approx 128 litres or more) containers with wheels and lid which are sold at some local improvement stores. The overall weight, size and durability of these containers prevent safe and effective collection
- plastic bags, no loose grocery/kitchen catcher bags
- cardboard boxes
Stickers may be purchased for each additional individual bag or container in excess of the three bag limit for a fee of $2.00 (plus HST) per bag or container at Customer Service during regular business hours or at the stores listed below:
- B.J.'s Gift & Variety, 6416 Main Street, Stouffville
- Sunny's Variety, 14635 Ninth Line, Musselman Lake
- Petro-Canada Station (Wesley Corners), 15288 Woodbine Avenue, Vandorf
The stickers can be placed on disposable plastic bags (around the neck of the bag) or on the garbage within a container in a clearly visible location and readily seen upon removal of the containers' lid.
Medical (Bio-Hazardous) Waste
Medical waste is extremely dangerous to collection staff and is not collected curbside. This type of waste should be disposed of through a company specialized in medical waste disposal. All medical waste including syringes must be properly placed in a secure bio-hazardous container and taken to a hazardous waste facility.
Green bins are collected weekly on your regular collection day. All Green Bin material must be placed inside the bin in compostable bags that are securely closed or tied.
Lids of Green Bins should be closed and locked when set out for collection. Green Bins with materials overflowing will not be collected. If you have too much organic material for your Green Bin, additional bins are available to purchase at the Town's Customer Service Centre.
- $20.00 (plus HST) for a Green Bin and
- $5.00 (plus HST) for the smaller indoor container. Please note that Green Bins must not exceed 50 pounds each. Please do not set your small indoor container at the curb for collection. The larger Green Bin is mandatory for curbside collection.
Blue Boxes are collected weekly on your regular collection day.
- contents will be collected only in a molded rigid open top container not exceeding 65cm (26 inches) in length, 50cm (20 inches) in width and 50cm (20 inches) in height.
- Blue boxes or containers covered with lids or nets will not be collected.
- Additional blue boxes are available to purchase at the Town's Customer Service Centre for $10.00 (plus HST) each.
Cardboard must be broken down to 90cm x 90cm x 30cm (36"x36"x12") dimensions, newspaper and boxboard bundled and tied can be placed next to the blue box for pickup to provide more space in your blue box.
Propane cylinders are not accepted in the blue box. These are hazardous waste and must be taken to a drop-off depot for proper disposable.
How do I recycle my plastic bags?
You can drop off your plastic shopping bags at participating grocery retail locations across York Region. Please do not put plastic bags in your blue box. Blue boxes containing plastic bags or other non-accepted items - such as Styrofoam (including take-out containers), shredded paper, household hazardous waste or other film plastic such as newspaper sleeves or packaging left on beverage cartons - will be left behind by collection crews. These materials contaminate the recycling stream and can cause costly damage to sorting equipment.
Yard Waste is collected bi-weekly on your regular collection day from April to November. Please refer to the Recycling & Waste Collection Calendar for the yard waste collection days for your area.
All yard waste material except brush must be placed in paper yard waste bags or an open top container (excluding cardboard boxes and blue boxes). Clear, opaque or orange bags will not be collected.
Materials acceptable for collection include leaves, plants, fine brush, tree clippings, and branches. Branches are not to exceed 100 mm (four inches) in diameter, and shall be tied in bundles of a maximum length of 1.2 metres (four feet), and weighing no more than 22 kgs (fifty pounds). Please do not use wire to tie bundles.
Materials not accepted include grass clippings, stumps, root balls, rocks, food and kitchen wastes, animal droppings, fruit and vegetables, driveway and road sweepings.
Residents who wish to drop off their yard waste (including grass clippings) may do so at the Bloomington Yard Waste Facility.
Large metal items such as appliances, barbecues (no propane tanks), bed frames, furnaces, hot water heaters, metal bath tubs, storage sheds and bicycles must be recycled. Call 1-866-421-5625 to arrange for a special curbside collection.
For safety, remove doors from fridges, freezers, dishwashers and ovens.
If a special collection is not booked, metal items will not be collected. Metal appliances and scrap metal can also be dropped off at select York Region Public Drop-off Depots.
Large items such as furniture, mattresses, box springs, plastic lawn furniture, toilets, carpeting, etc.
can be placed at curbside for pick-up on your regular garbage collection day (maximum 4 items per collection). Please break down or separate large/heavy items if possible and bundle small loose pieces. Tie carpeting and linoleum in rolls measuring no longer than 1.2 metres (4 ft) and weighing less than 22 kilograms (50 lbs) (maximum 10 rolls per collection).
Construction and demolition waste is not collected curbside. Please take these materials to select York Region Public Drop-off Depots or donate good quality materials to a charitable organization.
For collection inquiries, please contact GFL Environmental Inc. at 1-866-421-5625 or by e-mail.