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Monday January 13th, 2014

Posted at 10:50am

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A couple walks past garbage placed out for collection on Randolph Avenue in West Windsor, Sunday

If you enjoy the ease of putting bags at the curb on garbage day, be warned, it may be the thing of the past if a new plan is approved by city council.

Under the current bylaw, residents are able to simply place waste out for collection in garbage bags.

Administration at the City of Windsor has proposed a new plan that would make it mandatory to place all garbage and garbage bags in hard sided containers with lids.

What types of hard sided containers are okay under the new plan?

Hard-sided containers must be either metal or plastic with a watertight lid, and have a capacity of no more then 33 gallons (125 L).

Approved garbage carts with lifting mechanisms to fit city trucks may also be used and can not have a capacity of more than 90 gallons (340 L).

The city says having all garbage in sealed containers will reduce the amount of food available to wildlife, as they will no longer be able to rip open bags of garbage and hunt for food.

In a report to council, Environmental Services manager Anne Marie Albidone says she hopes the program will “have a strong effect on the wildlife population” such that “animal control programs will not be necessary in the future.”

The proposed changes will also include a plan for enforcement.

The city says houses that are not in compliance will receive a visit and information from the Environmental Services Department.

Administration says there will be a cost to residents “to purchase hard-sided containers should they not have any currently.”

If approved by council next Monday, the proposed changes will go into effect on March 1st.

Garbage bags sit at the curb on California Avenue in this photo taken on Sunday

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