Good example of how to leave your bins out for collection after snowfall. (Photo contributed)

Waste carts in winter explained

Altering the regular placement of your carts during winter may be necessary to ensure the collection vehicle can reach them.

Now that the winter is here, it’s necessary to tweak the way you manage your garbage and recycling carts during times of sudden or excessive snow. And the Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you, if your pick-up during times of heavy snowfall is missed on your collection day, leave your carts out until collection occurs.

In winter months, it may be necessary to alter the regular placement of your carts to ensure the collection vehicle can reach them. Find or clear an unobstructed site to put your carts out for collection. Put carts as close as possible to the street, without obstructing the street, sidewalk or bike lane — often placing your carts on either side of your driveway allows for greater ease for the collection trucks and for you.

Keep carts off the travelled portion of the roadway so as not to interfere with snow plows- do not place carts in a location where the snow plow will hit them. Have your carts out for collection by 7 a.m. and avoid placing your carts out the night before collection and bring them away from the road as soon as possible, to avoid interfering with snow plows often working late. Clear your cart of snow and ice to ensure the lid opens when cart is tipped.

The cart should be no closer than three feet from any obstacle, parked car, or other cart – an arm’s length spacing is required between each cart.

Do not place carts behind or on top of snow banks.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office says slippery un-plowed roads may not be safe for large collection vehicles. The first priority is to clear roads to make them safe, and make collection possible. Residents whose garbage or recycling has not been picked up should continue to leave it out for collection, and the waste haulers will pick it up as soon as possible. Do not bring your carts back in until they have been emptied to ensure your collection is not missed.

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