Niagara Region’s new waste collection contracts start Monday, Oct. 19, coinciding with Waste Reduction Week, a national environmental campaign to build awareness around sustainable and responsible consumption, and promote actions to divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.
As part of the new waste collection contracts, Niagara Region is transitioning to a new every-other-week garbage collection frequency, which will affect next week’s curbside waste collection.
These communities will receive garbage collection the week of Oct. 19 – 23:
- Fort Erie
- St. Catharines
- West Lincoln
These communities will receive garbage collection the week of Oct. 26 – 30, and will not receive garbage collection the week of Oct. 19:
- Niagara Falls
- Port Colborne
These weeks will mark the beginning of every-other-week collection schedules in each area. Only the frequency of garbage collection is changing. Residents can now put out two garbage containers (cans or bags) on their garbage collection day.
The Blue Box, Grey Box, Green Bin and leaf and yard waste will continue to be picked up every week across all municipalities.
The new contracts will also bring adjustments to large item pickup, with a limit of four items per eligible property per garbage collection day. Residents must submit requests for large item pick-up at least two working days before their garbage collection, which can be done on-line on the large item webpage or residents can call their contractor for pick-up:
- Grimsby, Lincoln, Pelham, Thorold, Wainfleet and West Lincoln call: GFL 1-855-971-4550.
- Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, and Welland call: Miller 1-833-621-0726
Appliances will no longer be picked up at the curb. You can still recycle these items at our drop-off depots, or through scrap metal haulers / dealers. Full details on all of the changes being made to waste collection can be found here.
There are changes to curbside collection for Multi-residential properties with seven or more units, Mixed-Use and Industrial, Commercial and Institutional properties (inside and outside designated businesses areas), which will come into effect on October 19. Visit niagararegion.ca/waste for more information on the waste collection changes for these property types.
Niagara residents’ collection days will remain the same in all municipalities, with the exception of two areas.
Pelham residents currently receiving Wednesday collection will be changing to Monday collection starting Oct. 19. The new Monday collection area for Pelham (map) is bordered by:
- South of and including Shorthill Place
- Both sides of Hurricane Rd. and Rice Rd.
- In the south by Timber Creek Cres., 945 Pelham St., 927 Clare Ave. and 1131 Rice Rd.
- West of Pelham St.
All addresses in Wainfleet will have Monday waste collection. The new Monday collection area for Wainfleet (map) is bordered by:
- North of Concession Road 1 / Highway 3
- East of Haldimand CountySouth of Regional Road 45 and Regional Road 27
- West of Port Colborne Wainfleet Townline Rd. North and Port Colborne Wainfleet Townline Rd. South
There are no other collection day changes for single family homes or apartments with six units or less in other municipalities.
Why Niagara Region Is Making Changes
Niagara's residential diversion rate (the percentage of waste not going to landfill) has levelled off at around 56 per cent. We continue to send about 44 per cent of our waste to landfills, with materials, which could go in the Green Bin, Blue Box or Grey Box. To reduce the amount of recyclables and organic waste going into our landfills, we are making changes.
The new waste collection contract coincides with Canada’s Waste Reduction Week and includes changes intended to:
- Help increase diversion from landfill
- Preserve landfill space for waste that can’t be recycled or composted
- Save natural resources
- Reduce our impact on climate change
Residents who use their Blue Box, Grey Box and Green Bin should be able to stay within the two garbage bag / can limit every-other-week. Waste audit results show that 64 per cent of what Niagara residents place in the garbage can be recycled or composted.
We all need to do our share to reduce recyclable and organic waste being sent to landfills.
How Residents Can Prepare for the Changes
- Download the Niagara Region Waste app for Apple or Android smartphones. In the mobile app, you will find the garbage/recycling collection schedule specific to your address, with the ability to sign up and receive a collection day reminder. Residents can also sign up for real-time service alerts for disruptions in collection and use the search tool to determine how to dispose of your waste. For those without a smartphone, visit niagaraeregion.ca/waste to use the web application to view your collection schedule and sign up for reminders.
- Get a Green Bin if you do not already have one. Fifty per cent of what is typically disposed of in a garbage bag currently can go into the Green Bin, which will continue to be collected weekly. Placing your food waste in the Green Bin for weekly collection will avoid potential issues with odours and pests that may occur if this material sits in the garbage for two weeks.
- Eligible residents who dispose of diaper waste or waste generated due to a medical condition can register for weekly pickup if they cannot fit this waste into the two bag/can garbage collection limit every-other-week, and/or are unable to hold onto this waste for a two-week period. Conditions do apply; please visit our website for more details on exemptions.
More information about the collection changes can be found online at niagararegion.ca/waste or by phoning the Waste Info-Line Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 905-356-4141 or toll-free: 1-800-594-5542.