Put waste in the right place

waste bins

When you set out waste properly on collection days, you help collectors work quickly and efficiently – and also avoid attracting urban wildlife to snack on your food scraps! Here is what you need to know to make your next collection day a breeze:


  • Be punctual: Place waste out no later than 7 a.m. the morning of your scheduled collection day rather than leaving it on the curb overnight – especially if the forecast calls for wind or rain. Waste collectors will not return for materials set out late.

  • Put waste in the right place: Place waste approximately one metre from the curb on the right-hand side of the driveway (when facing the home) where possible. Do not put your waste on the road.

  • Help deter wildlife: Tie your bagged materials tightly. Collect and store bins and any uncollected garbage on the same day as collection.

  • Do not overfill your blue box: Leave space (7.5 centimetres or three inches) at the top of the box.

    • Purchase additional blue boxes or use a larger blue box (up to 121 litres, no attached lid or wheels) if you have too many materials. 

  • Keep your items from blowing away: Place heavier items, such as glass bottles and jars, on top of lighter ones, such as paper and plastic containers. Flatten, cut down and bundle cardboard securely, and pack them in the blue box carefully. 

    • Consider putting your recycling out the following week if it’s windy. The City collects unlimited blue boxes weekly!


Want to see how it’s done? Watch this video on waste setout tips.


Have questions about waste collection?

Our waste collectors are working to pick up waste; Service Vaughan is here to answer your questions. Call Service Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or email service@vaughan.ca for information about waste collection. 


Where to buy waste bins

If you need a new blue box or green bin, you can purchase them online through Service Vaughan and have them delivered right to your door. Alternatively, buy these items in person at select community centres, while supplies last. You can also sign up through Service Vaughan to exchange a broken City-issued blue box or green bin for a new one. 


For more information on the City’s waste services, visit vaughan.ca/waste.


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