Niagara Region is postponing its annual curbside battery collection, which had been scheduled for April 20 to 24, due to COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to keep their batteries until a new date is announced.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Region has made several temporary changes to curbside waste collection to allow collection staff from Emterra and Canadian Waste Management to continue to focus on core services.
In addition to the postponement of curbside battery collection, the following changes have been made to curbside collection:
- Bag organic and garbage - residents must:
Place used tissues and other organic material, in paper bags or certified compostable bags. Bags must be tied and paper bags tightly rolled closed before being placed in the Green Bin so they don't fall out.
Garbage shouldn't be loose in garbage containers and should be bagged and tied closed. Several smaller kitchen sized garbage bags may be used and placed inside a garbage container for placement at the curb.
- Leaf and yard waste - effective April 13, only three bags / cans of yard waste will be collected per collection day, per eligible residential property (single family homes and apartments with six units or less). There are also restrictions on leaf and yard waste at the landfill / drop-off depots.
- Large household item / bulk goods - curbside collection of large household item / bulk goods for single family homes and apartments with six units or less is suspended until May 30. Residents are encouraged to hold on to their items until service resumes.
- Practice good hand hygiene when handling curbside containers - residents should continue to practice good hand hygiene, and clean their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or hand sanitize before and after handling their curbside containers. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
These temporary changes are to prioritize the weekly collection of garbage, recycling and organics and to help our collection staff who are working hard to maintain this essential service for the community and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
See the full list of changes to Niagara Region’s waste management services due to