When filling up your trash carts, always place trash in a bag before depositing into your trash cart. This method will reduce the chance of trash flying out of the cart and onto the ground during the collection days, especially on windy days.
Correct placement of your container for curbside trash, recycling and organic waste collection is easy, but it’s also important to ensure your services are handled properly and safely.
We don’t want to miss your collection, but we can’t pick up your trash if it isn’t by the curb when our truck gets there on your service day. This guide on container placement will ensure you’re prepared:
- Place your trash can and recycling bin at the curb with the wheels facing your house and the lid opening into the street.
- Keep your garbage cans four feet apart and at least four feet or more from any obstacles such as mailboxes, cars, lamp posts, or power lines.
- Keep your container at the curb until the end of the day if it hasn’t been collected. Sometimes the timing of our arrival changes, and we don’t want to miss you if we come later than expected.
- It’s generally best to put your container out the night before your collection day. That way even if we’re early, you won’t miss your pick-up.
What can I recycle?
When it comes to recycling, awareness is key. Contamination is the biggest issue impacting successful recycling practices today, when people throw in items they shouldn’t, such as grease-soaked cardboard, plastic bags or paint cans. This is why it’s important to know what you can recycle and what you can’t.
It’s also important to note that accepted items vary by location and facility. Below is a general guide to what you can recycle, but this is NOT location specific. To ensure you are recycling correctly, please contact your local GFL branch or recycling center to get a list of accepted items.**
USUALLY ACCEPTED: Plastic recycling
Includes all CLEANED plastic bottles and jars #1 to #7: soft drink bottles, milk jugs, detergent bottles, FLATTENED cartons, etc. Check the bottom of the container. If you see the recycling symbol with a #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 in the center, it is acceptable.
USUALLY ACCEPTED: Metal recycling
Includes aluminum cans, pie and baking pans, tin cans, steel food containers, EMPTY aerosol cans, and lids. Metal beverage cans, baking tins, foil, and food containers are also included in this material category.
All items must be CLEAN OF FOOD.
USUALLY ACCEPTED: Cardboard recycling
Includes corrugated cardboard, shipping boxes, cereal and dry food boxes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, moving boxes, detergent boxes, soda/beer cartons, and paper towel/toilet tissue rolls.
All boxes MUST BE FLATTENED for proper disposal.
USUALLY ACCEPTED: Paper recycling
Includes newspapers, inserts, labels, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, manila folders, letterhead, notebook paper (no backings), computer paper, envelopes (with windows), coupon books, index cards, calendars, and brown paper bags.
SOMETIMES ACCEPTED: Glass recycling
NOTE: Many areas are no longer accepting glass, so please double check before including it in your container. If accepted, items usually include:
Bottles and jars – lids must be REMOVED and separated and the item must be CLEANED of all food and liquid waste before being placed inside the container.
What can’t I recycle?
- Window glass and mirrors
- Electronic waste (TVs and computers)
- Motor oil containers
- Yard waste
- Chemical containers
- Shredded paper
- Plastic bags
- Ceramics or dishes
- Food waste
- Scrap metal
- New Year’s Day
Note: If the scheduled collection day falls on any observed holiday, the collection may be suspended and service will be resumed the following regularly scheduled collection day.
The following items are generally accepted for bulk pickup. Please note: these items vary by location, and you should call your local branch to confirm it’s accepted.
- Excess household trash
- Cardboard (please break down flat and remove packing material)
- Box Springs
- Car seats
- Grills (no Propane tanks or hot ashes)
- White goods
- Furniture fixtures (no fluorescent lights)
The following items are generally not accepted for bulk pickup. Please note: these items vary by location, and you should call your local branch to confirm it’s not accepted.
- Items containing fuels such as Lawn mowers, propane tanks
- Household chemicals
- Pool chemicals
- Oil, anti-freeze, automotive filters
- Batteries, small or large
- Cooking oils
Bulk pickup options may vary from branch to branch, so please contact your local branch to inquire about pricing and to arrange a bulk garbage pickup from your home today.