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Leamington Looking To Address Increased Incidents Of Improper Garbage Disposal

Sunday February 18th, 2024, 10:56am

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Leamington is issuing a reminder to all residents about proper garbage disposal practices due to a noticeable rise in the number of instances where garbage is placed curbside outside of the designated days and hours.

In accordance with the Municipality’s Waste Management By-law, residents are required to adhere to the following guidelines when disposing of garbage:

  • Timing for Disposal: Garbage should be placed curbside between the hours of 10:00 PM on the day before collection and 6:00 AM on the day of collection. This ensures that garbage does not sit out for extended periods, reducing the risk of attracting pests and creating unsightly conditions.
  • Acceptable Containers: Garbage must be placed in acceptable containers and is limited to no more than four bags or pails per household. Containers must not exceed a weight limit of 20 kilograms (45 pounds) to ensure the safety of waste collection personnel.
  • Large Items and Furniture: A maximum of two large items, such as box springs, mattresses, carpets, toilets, couches, and chairs, can be disposed of curbside on your regularly scheduled garbage day. However, white goods require special arrangements for pickup. This provision facilitates the efficient and safe disposal of larger waste items.
  • Placement Regulations: Garbage must not be placed in a manner that impedes or obstructs pedestrian or vehicular traffic or interferes with maintenance operations. It is crucial that waste is disposed of in a way that respects the safety and accessibility of streets and sidewalks.
  • Garbage Can Storage: After garbage has been collected, residents must promptly remove garbage cans from the curbside. Cans should not be left out, as they can obstruct pedestrian pathways, attract pests, and detract from the visual cleanliness of the community.

The Municipality says that violations of these guidelines may result in a clean-up charge of $500 and/or a fine.

For more information on garbage collection, acceptable containers, and other waste disposal guidelines, visit leamington.ca/garbage.

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