Residents, Let's Talk Waste

The following proposed options would apply to residential properties receiving Regional curbside garbage collection service. Different options affect different types of residential properties. The two types of properties are:

  • Low density residential property with 1 to 6 units (i.e. single family, semi-detached, townhouses, duplex, triplex, fourplex, fiveplex, sixplex, and horizontal, row and condo housing)
  • Multi-residential building with 7 or more units

Proposed Options and Rationale

  • Every-other-week garbage collection for low density and multi-residential

    Curbside collection would change from one garbage container weekly to two garbage containers every other week per unit. Recycling and organics would still be collected every week.

    Reasons

    • Niagara's low density (1 to 6 units) residential properties set out an average of less than one garbage container per week
    • Waste audits show that nearly 50 per cent of what Niagara residents put in their garbage is food waste and other compostable material that should be placed in the Green Bin
    • Increases waste diversion to extend lifespan of Niagara Region's landfills
    • Cost avoidance
    • Similar to what other municipalities in Ontario are successfully doing
  • Mandatory use of clear bags for garbage for low density and multi-residential

    Residents would be required to use clear bags for garbage with the option to use an opaque (i.e. grocery) privacy bag placed inside the clear bag.

    Reasons

    • Increases waste diversion to extend lifespan of Niagara Region's landfills
    • Encourages higher participation in the Green Bin program as currently only 48 per cent of Niagara's low density residential properties use the Green Bin
    • Increases awareness of what is placed in the garbage due to visibility of bag contents
    • Eliminates / minimizes option of concealing non-acceptable materials
    • Eliminates / minimizes option of concealing hazardous materials (broken glass, nails, sharps), which could harm collection staff
    • Facilitates education and enforcement of Niagara's Waste Management By-law
  • Establish a four item limit per unit per collection for large item collection service for low density residential only

    Examples of large items include: couches, chairs, tables, mattresses, toilets, vacuum cleaners.

    Reasons

    • Proposed four large item limit will meet set out needs, as low density residential properties set out an average of less than two large items per collection in 2018
    • 99 per cent of Niagara's low density residential properties who use this service place four or fewer items out for collection
    • 92 per cent of the total bookings in 2018 were for four or less bulky items
    • Potential cost avoidance
    • Similar to what other municipalities in Ontario are successfully doing
  • Discontinue curbside collection of large household appliances and scrap metal for low density residential only

    Examples of large household appliances and scrap metal include: refrigerators, stoves, freezers, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, swing sets, bicycles, etc.

    Reasons

    • Curbside-collected appliance and scrap metal tonnages have decreased by 94 per cent since 2007
    • Items can be recycled, at no cost, at Niagara Region's Drop-off Depots, or at scrap metal dealers
    • Only 6 per cent of Niagara's low density residential properties are using the curbside collection of appliances and scrap metal service
    • Potential cost avoidance
    • Similar to what other municipalities in Ontario are successfully doing

Take the Survey

Complete the online survey that matches the type of residential property you live in.

I live in a single-family house, townhouse, or apartment / condo with one to six units

I live in a building with seven or more units

 

Download a print copy of the survey for:

  • Low-density (single-family house, townhouse, or apartment / condo with one to six units)
  • Multi-residential (building with seven or more units)

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