Garbage and dumping
About the by-law
Garbage in the city of Vaughan is collected on a rotating basis and follows the Waste Collection By-law 135-2017 (PDF). Garbage and Recycling provides information on collection dates and instructions on how to properly dispose of garbage and waste at the curb.
- Garbage must not be placed at the curb before 6 p.m. on the evening prior to your scheduled collection.
- Any waste and/or containers must be removed from the curb by 8 p.m. on your scheduled collection day.
- The collection of appliances must be arranged by appointment only and cannot be placed at the curb until the scheduled pick-up day. When placing appliances at the curb, ensure that all doors are removed.
- An enforcement officer who finds a violation of this by-law may issue a “Notice to Comply” letter to the owner of the property.
- If the owner does not comply, fines can be issued for up to $20,000 for the first offence and up to $50,000 for a subsequent offence.
- If a corporation owning the property does not comply, fines can be issued for up to $50,000 for the first offence and up to $100,000 for a subsequent offence.
About the by-law
Dumping is not permitted in the city and is enforced under the Littering and Dumping By-law 103-2020 (PDF), as amended. Illegally dumping waste can have a negative impact on the health, safety and well-being of the community and the environment. The by-law applies to all property throughout the city, including public property.
It is an offence to:
- dump or allow dumping to take place on any property (private or public).
- allow engine or transmission fluid, petroleum products, fluids or any similar materials to leak onto any property (private or public).
- deliver any newspaper, magazine, flyer, leaflet or similar material if a property owner has provided explicit direction not to do so.
Everyone has a responsibility to help keep Vaughan clean. Citizens can help by:
- keeping their property free of waste.
- ensuring the grass on their property or the boulevard directly adjacent to their property does not exceed 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) high.
- ensuring snow and ice removed from their property is not shovelled onto the street.
Individuals found dumping are subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 per offence.
Reporting an offence
In order to submit a formal complaint, there must be a witness to the offence.
- Witnesses are required to provide a "Witness Statement" in order for City enforcement officers to lay charges and the witness will be required to testify in Provincial Court.
The witness must be able to provide:
- a description of the offender (gender, ethnicity, height, weight, facial features, hair colour, etc.) and be able to identify the individual in court.
- the make, model, colour and licence plate of the vehicle.
- the location of the offence (as much detail as possible).
- a detailed account of the actions taken by the offender.
- a description of the item(s) dumped (pictures would be beneficial).
- a detailed account of any conversation(s) with the offender.