Still Putting Your Garbage Bags At The Curb?

Thursday July 3rd, 2014

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A garbage bag sits at a curb near Langlois Avenue and Tuscarora Street, Thursday afternoon (Photo: Owen Wolter / windsoriteDOTca News)

Wednesday was the first full day for the City of Windsor’s new garbage container bylaw, some residents have been abiding by the bylaw, while some residents are not following the new rules.

“While there were many non-compliant stops, there were entire neighbourhoods that were in compliance,” says Environmental Services manager Anne Marie Albidone.

The new rules, which went into effect on July 1st, require residents to place all garbage bags in a hard-sided container both when storing bags on property, and when putting garbage out for collection.

Officials are using this month to educate residents about the new changes.

“No tickets were issued,” says Albidone. “We will not be referring non-compliant stops to our by-law enforcement department until August.”

Albidone recommends non-compliant residents purchase garbage pails as soon as possible.

“A simple 30 gallon pail with handles and a lid will do – they run about $12. They do not need a lid for collection but they are recommended as they keep out rain water that can overload a pail. Lids are needed for storage.”

The city says there are two forms of acceptable garbage containers:

  • Metal or plastic pail – these are a maximum capacity of 125L (30 gal) with one or two handles and a removable lid;
  • Roll-out cart – these must have a lower bar 18” from the ground and an upper lift attachment 33” from the ground.

Albidone says workers will continue collecting loose bags in cases where they’ve made contact with residents, to educate and inform them of the bylaw.

“As of next week, the non-compliant stops will not be collected and residents will be responsible to dispose of the waste themselves,” she said.

The City has created a YouTube video that explains what types of containers are acceptable for pick up.

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