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.


examples of proper and improper placement for waste and bin collection

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.