Multi-Residential Garbage

Learn about multi-residential garbage requirements and responsibilities below.

Set-out requirements

  • Garbage is collected once per week, on Tuesday or Friday and must be set out no later than 7 a.m. on collection day.
  • Only front-end wheeled bins (three to eight cubic yard capacity) in good condition, can be used to collect garbage.

Garbage responsibilities for residents

  • Place all waste materials that do not belong in the recycling or organics into a plastic bag. Acceptable bags include kitchen garbage bags or plastic grocery bags.
  • Bag and tie all garbage. When the bag is full, tie the bag closed and transfer it to the waste room garbage bin or down the chute.

Garbage responsibilities for property managers

  • Ensure the purchase/lease and maintenance of all front-end garbage bins.
  • Ensure waste is disposed of in the correct way. The City may temporarily terminate collection services if non-collectible waste is found in the garbage bins of buildings.
  • Promote organics collection throughout the building. Hang posters showing what is acceptable and not acceptable (PDF) in the City’s organics program in the waste room as well as other areas frequented by residents.
  • Read the City’s Waste Collection By-law 132-2017 (PDF) for a full list of requirements and owner’s responsibilities.


 What goes in the garbage bin?


Single-use items

  • Masks, wipes and gloves
  • Coffee cups, coffee pods, take-out drinking cups
  • All Styrofoam including Styrofoam peanuts, containers, cups and meat trays
  • Black plastic take-out containers
  • Baby food pouches and juice pouches
  • Plastic bags, sandwich bags and plastic wrap
  • Food wrappers and snack bags such as potato chip bags
  • Disposable cutlery and straws, including plastic, compostable or wooden cutlery, stir sticks and chopsticks

Other common household items

  • Toys and sports equipment
  • Bubble envelopes and bubble wrap
  • Wooden fruit boxes
  • Craft supplies
  • Furnace filters
  • Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Plastic squeeze tubes such as toothpaste, sunscreen and make-up products