Winter Placement for Waste and Recycling Bins
Proper Set-Out of Waste & Recycling Bins in Winter Safer for Everyone
Winter weather can be a challenge for collection of recyclables, green carts and garbage. Materials placed on top of snowbanks can present a safety hazard for collection contractors working in Petawawa, Pembroke and Laurentian Valley and improper set-out can result in damage to containers by snowplows.
Here are the set-out requirements for recycling and garbage containers as well as green carts.
- Items must be placed 5 to 6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) from curb or roadside (in driveway, not on sidewalk or snow bank). Material placed behind or on top of snowbanks may not be collected.
- Green cart must have 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 m) clearance around it to allow for proper collection.
- Green cart wheels must be facing away from the road. Lids must be closed.
Here are some more winter collection tips:
Clear out a place for your containers when you shovel snow.
- If the storm is occurring in the overnight hours, wait until the morning to place your material curbside.
- To help prevent material from freezing to your green cart:
- Line the bottom of your green cart with crumpled up newspaper or pizza boxes.
- Wrap food waste in newspaper or boxes (i.e. cereal box).
- Strain excess liquid from soups and sauces and only place the solid pieces in the cart.
- Layer wet organics (food waste, leaves) with dry organics (newspaper, pizza boxes).
- Nets are available for purchase at your Municipal office or Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre. Nets cover the bins to prevent wind-blown litter.