New Guidelines for Garbage Disposal Across Peel during COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are advised of the latest temporary changes to waste services in Peel. The Region continues to review and update services in order to protect the health of essential workers and support the needs of the community.

Allowance of two extra garbage bags for collection:

Starting Monday, April 20, every household can place up to two extra garbage bags at the curb on their scheduled garbage collection day, without requiring bag tags. Please note that collection staff will only pick up a maximum of two additional bags. Residents who have purchased bag tags are advised to hold on to them until further notice.

Excess garbage must be placed in bags. Containers or cans will not be collected.

Each bag must be:

  • Strong enough to securely hold its contents.
  • No larger than 66 cm (26 in) wide and 90 cm (35 in) high.
  • No smaller than 30 cm (12 in) wide and 30 cm (12 in) high.
  • No more than 20 kg (44 lbs).
  • Closed or tied at the top.
  • Placed next to your garbage cart, leaving 1 m (3 ft.) of space between the excess garbage and the bin.

Please expect collection delays as a result of these latest changes. Collectors might also collect your bin and excess garbage bags at different times during the day. Leave your garbage bin and excess garbage bags at the curb until 8 p.m. If neither are collected by 8 p.m., report a missed collection.

At Peel Community Recycling Centres (CRC):

If residents must leave their home to dispose of items immediately, waste can be dropped off at CRCs, where there will be no disposal fees starting Wednesday, April 15.

For the safety of the community and staff, services remain limited at the CRCs and residents should expect longer than normal wait times.

Residents are encouraged to visit peelregion.ca/waste/communityrecyclingcentres  for the most up-to-date information on operating hours and acceptable items.

 Avoid ‘spring cleaning’

The Region urges residents to refrain from ‘spring cleaning’ that results in excess waste placed at the curb and to only dispose of items that are necessary, as the Region’s priority is to maintain waste collection services for the long term.

Hold on to bulky items that do not fit into a bin or bag, as they are difficult for a single person to collect and require multiple touch points. As such, a temporary suspension on these items will continue in order to avoid unnecessary manual collection and protect the health of essential workers.

Waste management will regularly monitor the situation and advise residents on changes. For the latest updates on waste service changes and other services and facilities temporarily affected in Peel, please visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus/affected-services

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