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Garbage and Recycling - Garbage and bulk items


Community Recycling Centres

27 Olympic Drive, Dundas (map)

37 Kilbride Road, Hamilton mountain (map)
(includes the Reuse Store)

460 Kenora Avenue, east Hamilton (map)


Garbage is something that cannot be collected for recycling or composting. Garbage goes in a landfill. Once it's in the landfill, it sits underground forever.

All waste must be placed at the curb in front of your property between 7:00 p.m. on the evening before and 7:00 a.m. on the morning of your scheduled waste collection day.

Winter tips

  • Safe placement of your blue boxes, green bin and garbage helps avoid injury for everyone. Place containers where they can be clearly seen and safely collected.
  • Clear a spot for your  blue boxes, green bin, and garbage that is free of snow and easy for collectors to see.
  • Don't place your waste containers on top of or behind snowbanks.
  • Place your waste containers at the left side at the end of your driveway (facing the street). If you do not have a driveway, place waste containers on the boulevard closest to the curb. If there is no boulevard, place containers on the left side at the end of your walkway (facing the street).
  • If you need to put out more garbage you must attach a trash tag to each extra garbage bag or container. 

Here are some really important things you need to know about putting things in the garbage:

  • Pumpkin Disposal: Your pumpkin can go in your green bin or with your leaf and yard waste. Cut it into small pieces before disposing of it.
  • The garbage bag or can must not weigh more than 23 kilograms (or 50 pounds) and is a maximum size of 135 litres (or 30 gallons).
  • Use plastic garbage bags (any colour). Place grocery bags holding garbage inside garbage cans.
  • Cardboard boxes are not an acceptable container for garbage, except when used for broken glass
  • Broken glass must be placed at the curb in a cardboard box clearly marked "GLASS" (cardboard boxes must be taped to prevent them from falling apart in the rain)
  • You have to pay if you want to drop off garbage at a Community Recycling Centre.
  • Bulk items and furniture are picked up by the City year round. You must call (905) 546-CITY (2489) to request a bulk pick up. 
  • Appliances or scrap metal are NOT picked up by the City.
  • Construction materials like bricks, concrete and drywall are NOT picked up by the City.

If your garbage wasn't collected...

Please look at the items left behind to see if the collector left a note indicating that something may not have been packaged correctly or that an incorrect item may have been placed curbside.

If you see a bright orange sticker on your garbage after the garbage truck has come by, it means you have made a mistake. We use these stickers, called "Oops! stickers", to help you figure out what you did wrong.

Remove anything that you've used to keep the lid shut on your garbage bin such as a bungee cord or a brick so that you don't get an Oops! sticker.

You will get an Oops! sticker if you:

  • Stuff so much garbage into your can that the collector can't get it out.
  • Put anything in the garbage that should go in your:
    • blue boxes,
    • green bin, or
    • yard waste bags or cans.
  • Put out more than one bag or can of garbage for pick-up.
  • Put out a bag or can that weighs more than 23 kilograms (or 50 pounds).

Tips to Reduce Waste

  • Know what items can go into your Blue Box and recycle all possible items
  • Buy only what you need, use all that you buy
  • Instead of buying commercial household cleaners, use less toxic alternatives
  • Buy in bulk and try to eliminate excess packaging
  • Take re-usable bins or canvas bags to the grocery store
  • Kindly decline plastic bags when they are unnecessary
  • Shop at used goods stores
  • Instead of buying seldom used items rent them or borrow from a friend
  • Consider repairing or reupholstering furniture before discarding
  • Use a composter to reduce your organic waste going to landfill
  • Use reusable gift bags rather than paper wrap
  • "Lug a Mug!" - take a travel mug with you to the coffee shop
  • Take a litterless lunch to school or work or eat at restaurants with reusable dishes
  • Use cloth table napkins rather than paper napkins
  • A reusable coffee filter can replace many paper filters
  • Use cloth rags and mops rather than one-time-use disposal products
  • Donate magazines to Senior's residences or Doctor's offices
  • Choose quality products that are durable
  • Think about the entire lifecycle of a product - from manufacturing to use to disposal.

Special consideration

A special consideration policy has been developed for medical circumstances, households with two or more children under the age of four, registered home day cares and agricultural businesses with a need to set out more bags or cans of garbage. Those receiving special consideration are allowed to place additional garbage containers with trash tags at the curb each week, if required.

To apply for the special consideration, you can:

Special Consideration application forms are also available in PDF format. Follow the instructions on the form.