New guidelines for garbage collection
Until further notice:
- You can put up to 2 extra garbage bags out on your garbage collection day.
- You don’t need garbage tags.
- Garbage can be dropped off for free at any Community Recycling Centre (CRC).
Garbage and recycling in the Region of Peel is collected every other week.
Some homes continue to use bags, not bins, for garbage and recycling along with the organics (green) bin for food waste.
This video gives an overview of preparing your garbage, recycling and organics for collection.
You can put your garbage in an individual bag and place it at the curb, or you can put your garbage in cans or containers. Both are acceptable for curbside garbage collection in your area. Excess garbage must be put in a plastic garbage bag.
You can put out a total of 4 garbage bags or 4 full containers on your garbage collection day (every other week).
As of April 20, you can put up to 2 extra bags out on your garbage collection day (every other week). The extra bags do not need garbage tags.
Excess garbage must be put in a plastic garbage bag.
Plastic garbage bags
Plastic garbage bags must be strong enough to securely hold their contents.
Each bag must be:
- No larger than 66 cm (26 in) wide and 90 cm (35 in) high.
- No smaller than 30 cm (12 in) wide and 30 cm (12 in) high.
- No more than 20 kg (44 lbs).
- Closed or tied at the top.
Garbage cans or containers
Garbage cans or containers used for excess garbage must be rigid with removable lids and rigid handles that are attached or molded to the container.
Each can or container must be:
- No larger than 95 cm (38 in) high and 60 cm (24 in) wide.
- No larger than 125 L (27.5 imperial gallons).
- No more than 20 kg (44 lbs).
Your recycling must be placed in a clear or blue transparent bag to be collected.
- Do not place your recyclables in plastic garbage bags or shopping bags.
- On your recycling collection week you can put out unlimited bags of recycling as long as it is in transparent or clear blue bags.
Some additional tips:
- Cardboard boxes must be flattened before being placed in a recycling bag.
- Put plastic grocery bags, plastic newspaper bags, plastic wrapping and thin plastics into one tied plastic bag, then put the tied bag in a recycling bag.
- Separate rolled newspapers from plastic bags and elastics. Flatten the newspaper and put it in a recycling bag and reuse the elastic or put it in the garbage.
- Separate cardboard beverage cases from plastic wrapping. Put both items in a recycling bag.
- Create more space in your recycling bags by:
- Flattening plastic bottles and beverage cartons.
- Folding aluminum trays.
- Flattening small cardboard boxes
Bi-weekly means that recycling and organics will be picked up one week, then garbage and organics will be picked up the other week.
The Region of Peel is currently reassessing townhouse complexes to determine if cart-based collection can be implemented. Please have your condo corporation contact the Region at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your complex to be considered for cart-based collection.
The organics cart is 100L and comes in one size only.
2 ft 1 in
1 ft 8 in
3 ft 3 in
- Has a unique lock that keeps animals out.
- Will hold the same amount of organic waste as 2 current green carts or 14 small organics containers.
- Will be collected weekly.
- Means you'll have less "smelly" stuff to store.
Place your organics cart 3 ft away from your bagged garbage or recycling. Face the front of your organics cart towards the street and the handles towards your house.