Using Your Blue Cart

Much like trash collection, blue carts are collected and dumped into the back of a collection truck using an automated arm.  Knowing how to properly place your cart will help you avoid any pickup hiccups. 

Cart Placement

Understanding how to put your cart out and when to bring it in will help us run a smooth and efficient program. Follow these easy steps for proper cart placement.

Fill it – Recyclable materials should be placed loosely in your cart and not bagged. Remember not to overfill your cart. The lid must be able to close.

Space it - Bins should be at least 1.5 metre from any objects like a fence, garage or car so the mechanical truck arms can safely grab them.

Park it - Have your recycling out by 7 am on your collection day and be sure the arrow on the lid is pointing into the street or alley.
Take it - Be sure to return your blue cart to your property after pickup. Each cart is marked with a barcode specific to your address.

What if it's windy?Learn more here about managing your recycling on windy days. 

Cart Size

When curbside recycling is implemented city-wide, the default will be a 360L blue cart to all homes. This is the same size as the standard back cart that is already provided. We are asking residents to try out their cart sizes for a few months. At that time there will be a free exchange period where you can change both your blue and/or black cart sizes if you find your current carts are not meeting your needs. 

Cart Checks

The success of curbside recycling relies on only collecting accepted, clean material in the blue carts and avoiding contamination. We will help residents learn the ins and outs of curbside recycling by doing cart checks and providing feedback. 

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