Durham ready to move back to four-bag limit for waste collection

Durham Region will be moving back to its four-bag limit for curbside waste collection on Sept. 8.

Residents can place up to four garbage bags at the curb every other week. Additional bags will require tags, which can be purchased at Regional waste management facilities as well as some municipal locations.

“During the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, while residents were staying home from work and school, the Region, Oshawa and Whitby increased the garbage bag limit from four to six bags based on an assessment of our resident’s needs,” said Susan Siopis, the Region’s commissioner of works.

“Now that Durham has entered stage three and many businesses are reopening, we’ve found that the garbage bag increase is no longer required, and we are returning to our regular four-bag limit.”

To ensure your items are collected, and for the health and safety of workers, please follow these tips:

– Garbage must be at the curb before 7 a.m. on your collection day;

– Garbage bags cannot weigh more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds);

– Ensure that all garbage and green bin materials are bagged and securely tied. Loose items or bags that are broken will not be collected;

– A standard size garbage bag counts as one bag;

– Renovation material such as cabinetry, lumber, drywall, doors, carpet or underlay will not be collected. This material can be dropped off at one of the Region’s waste management facilities. Fees apply.

– Wrap broken glass and sharp objects in a sealed cardboard box, clearly labelled as ‘GLASS’ before setting it out beside your garbage for collection.

For more information, visit durham.ca/waste or call 1-800-667-5671.

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