Garbage & Bulk Items

Garbage & Bulk Items

Keeping Collectors Healthy

The City of Hamilton waste collection crews are still out on the streets, picking up green bins, blue boxes and garbage. However, Leaf & Yard Waste collection is suspended until further notice. Residents can hold on to their Leaf & Yard waste until collection resumes or take it to a Community Recycling Centre for free.

While crews have their own health and safety procedures in place, residents are asked to help protect them on the job:

  • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage, rather than the green bin.
  • Where possible, Please use liner bags (either paper or certified compostable plastic) in the green bin.
  • Please ensure that all material placed in garbage bins is bagged, not kept loose.
  • Please follow the advice of Public Health and keep a physical social distance of at least two metres from waste collection staff.

These steps will help protect the health of crews who handle thousands of bins, bags and boxes each week.

Service at a Glance

Garbage Tips
  • Do you have extra garbage that you need to throw out?
  • Did you get an Oops! Sticker on your trash?
  • Are you currently in a situation where you have more than one bag of garbage every week?
When's your next collection day?
  • Search for your collection schedule
  • View the holiday schedule
  • Download the City's free waste app
Not sure where to put that toothbrush?
  • Search for any waste item and learn where it goes
  • Download the City's free waste app
Black plastic & styrofoam products go in the garbage

Due to the unpredictability of the recycling market, the City suggests tossing these items in the garbage:

  • plastic coffee cup lids
  • styrofoam coffee cups, meat trays plates & take-out containers
  • black plastic food containers
  • black plant pots and trays
Do you know what the City considers “bulk items”?

There is a long list of bulk items that you can have picked up at the curb such as:

  • Carpet
  • Mattresses
  • Pool liners
  • Vacuums
  • Water coolers
Are you wondering what to do with your old couch?

The City picks up big household items like couches, tables, and mattresses on a call-in basis.

You must call at least one week before you want your bulk garbage picked up.