Houses in Richmond Hill are provided with curbside collection for recycling (blue box), organics (green bin), garbage and yard waste.
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- Recycling (blue box) - weekly collection
- Organics (green bin) - weekly collection
- Garbage - bi-weekly collection
- Yard waste - collection on scheduled Mondays
- Appliances - collected monthly by appointment
When is my waste collected?
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What goes where?
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Garbage is collected bi-weekly and includes furniture.
- Garbage must be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection and no earlier than 6 p.m. on the night preceding collection.
- If garbage has not been collected it must be removed from the curb on the collection day.
- Richmond Hill's current waste limit is three bags or items per collection - furniture items each count as one item.
- If you have more than three items you must use garbage tags for extra items to be collected. Garbage tags are sold in sets of five for $10.
- The maximum weight is 18 kgs (40lbs) per item. This does not apply to furniture.
- The maximum length is 1.2m per item. This does not apply to furniture.
- Use garbage bags or cans.
- Broken glass and mirrors must be securely wrapped in cardboard and marked as 'glass for disposal'.
|Recycling (blue box)
Recycling is collected weekly.
- Blue box recycling must be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection and no earlier than 6 p.m. on the night preceding collection.
- If recycling has not been collected it must be removed from the curb on the collection day.
- All soiled recyclable materials (such as tubs containing food) must be rinsed and can be mixed in the same blue box, you do not need to sort your recyclable material.
- Flatten cardboard and tie in bundles that should be no larger than 60 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm.
- Each blue box and bundle should not exceed 18kg.
- There is no limit to the number of blue boxes or bundles you set out.
- Recyclables cannot be set out at the curb in plastic bags (shredded paper must be set out with organics).
Where can I get a blue box?
- Blue boxes are available at the Operations Centre located at 1200 Elgin Mills Road East and our Municipal Offices at 225 East Beaver Creek on the main floor, for $10 each.
- If you are a resident in a new house you can get a blue box for free by bringing your tarion certificate to the Operations Centre (with photo id).
|Organics (green bin)
Organic waste is collected weekly.
- Organics must be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection and no earlier than 6 p.m. on the night preceding collection. To prevent issues with pests, set out your organics the morning of collection.
- If organics have not been collected they must be removed from the curb on the collection day.
- Your organics must be in a green bin for collection.
- Organics must be placed in either a certified compostable bag (look for the compostable logo) or a paper bag.
- Each green bin cannot exceed 18kg.
- There is no limit to the number of green bins you can set out.
- Shredded paper is collected with organics. Please place in a transparent bag beside your green bin.
Where can I get green bins and compostable bags?
- Green bins are available at the Operations Centre located at 1200 Elgin Mills Road East and our Municipal Offices at 225 East Beaver Creek on the main floor, for $18 each.
- If you are a resident in a new house you can get a free green bin by bringing your tarion certificate to the Operations Centre (with photo id).
- Compostable bags can generally be purchased wherever garbage bags are sold.
How do I keep pests away from my organic waste?
- Between collection days store your green bin inside (for example in your garage or shed).
- Set your green bin out in the morning (by 7 a.m.) instead of the night before if possible.
- Always securely latch your green bin.
- Make sure all contents are inside the bin and the lid is closed.
- Hang your green bin from a hook in the garage or on the porch.
- If you store your green bin outside, you can use a short bungee cord to secure the lid. Please remove cords before placing your green bin at the curb.
Yard waste is collected on scheduled Mondays from spring until late fall. Yard waste includes leaves, pine cones, fallen fruit, tree and shrub trimmings. Soil, sod and grass clippings are NOT ACCEPTED.
2016 yard waste collection dates
- April 4 and 18
- May 2, 16 and 30
- June 13 and 27
- July 11 and 25
- August 8 and 22
- September 12 and 26
- October 3, 17, 24 and 28
- November 7, 14, 21 and 28
- December 5
- Yard waste must be placed at the curb after 6 p.m. on the night before your collection day and before 7 a.m. on the day of collection.
- Yard waste must be in a clean, open, rigid and reusable container, such as a garbage can or bushel basket, a cardboard box, or a large Kraft paper bag (available at most retailers).
- Brush must be tied and bundled with twine (branches/bush may not be longer than 1.2 m in length and no branches may be larger than 10 cm in diameter).
- Each container or bundle must not exceed 18 kg.
Drop off your yard waste
Richmond Hill residents can drop off their yard waste free-of-charge at the Bloomington Yard Waste Depot located at 1351 Bloomington Road, Richmond Hill.
|Large appliances are collected free of charge by appointment only. Visit the large appliance collection page for details and to schedule your collection.
|Christmas Tree Collection
Christmas tree collection will take place on Monday, January 2 and Monday, January 16, 2017.
- Maximum height 2.1 m (7').
- Remove all decorations and nails.
- Trees must not be bagged.
- Place trees at the curb by 7 a.m.
- Ensure that trees are not frozen to the ground or on high snow banks.
Richmond Hill residents can also drop off their Christmas tree free-of-charge at the Bloomington Yard Waste Depot located at 1351 Bloomington Road, Richmond Hill.