When disposing of waste, it is important to do it properly, to protect yourself and your waste collector from potential risks.
Broken glass and porcelain can be very sharp, when disposing of these objects, it is important to place the broken pieces inside of a puncture resistant package, like a cardboard box, and clearly label it as broken glass, before putting it out for garbage collection.
This eliminates the risk of glass cutting through your garbage bag and potentially injuring one of the towns garbage collectors.
If you are disposing of a large piece of broken glass from a table top or mirror, duct tape over the broken part of the glass, so the sharp edge doesn’t potentially hurt any garbage collectors. As well, tape a large “X” shape across the front and back of the table top or mirror. The duct tape won’t prevent it from breaking but will reduce the amount of splintering, if it does shatter. The more tape the better, so add extra strips across the glass to further decrease the risk of injury.
Do not put any needles, syringes, or lancets in your garbage can, blue box, or green bin. These items should be disposed of at your local pharmacy.
Anything labelled poisonous, corrosive, explosive, or flammable is considered hazardous waste, and should never be disposed of at home.
These items must be disposed of properly at one of the Region’s Waste Management Facilities. It is free of charge and helps ensure the safety of garbage workers as well as promoting a healthy environment.
When putting out your garbage ensure containers and bags weigh no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) each. If you can barely lift your garbage bag to get it to the curb, it is likely the garbage collectors will struggle, as well. Bags that are too heavy can be a hazard and will not be collected.
For disposing of cardboard, fold boxes flat, and bundle them next to, or on top of your blue bin.
Always make sure your waste and recyclables are easily accessible from the curb and not out of sight or hidden behind parked cars.
During the winter months, make sure garbage and recyclables are clear of snow or ice and visible to the collection crew. Ensure your driveway is clear and never place waste or recyclables on top of snow banks.
By obeying the rules around waste collection, you eliminate potential risks for garbage collectors and help make their lives a little easier.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding garbage disposal can email the region, at firstname.lastname@example.org.