Bag Limits Reduced to Four Starting October 5

Posted On Tuesday September 29, 2020

The City of Cornwall’s bag limit is changing!

As of October 5, households may set out only four bags OR two containers of trash per week.

The City will not enforce this limit until February 1, 2021. Households may continue to set out six bags or three containers per week until then, but these households will be contacted by City staff to discuss how they can meet the upcoming four-bag limit.

Bag limits will be reduced to 2 bags or 1 can on April 5, 2021.

Size and weight limit

Containers should be no larger than 136 litres or 30 gallons, weigh less than 27 kilograms or 60 pounds, and have two handles. Bags should be no larger than 106 cm by 120 cm, and weigh less than 27 kilograms or 60 pounds.

I typically set out more than four bags of trash. What can I do to reduce what I set out?

  1. Start with your shopping habits. Consider buying less or buying items that can be recycled.
  2. Increase your recycling efforts – chances are, there are recyclables in your trash. Use the Recycle Coach app to check whether your waste is recyclable.
  3. Consider backyard composting.
  4. Be aware of items that must go directly to the landfill – such as household hazardous waste items, and bulky items.

How is the City supporting residents as bag limits are reduced?

  • The City has phased in bag limits, starting with a 6-bag limit in April 2019.
  • The City is investigating a compost collection (green bin) program.
  • The City is investigating a bag tag program (for additional bags), and a user-pay service for the collection of large items.
  • The City is continuing its efforts to encourage residents to recycle.
  • The City will connect directly with residents who set out more than four bags a week during the October 5 to February 1 grace period.
  • Bag tags will be made available in the coming months. If residents have more than four bags of garbage after the tags become available, they can use tags (sold at $1.50 each) to set out additional bags. Please click here to be notified by email when bag tags become available.

Why does waste reduction matter?

As the landfill nears the end of its life, it’s more important than ever that we are careful about what we throw away. Closing the landfill – and potentially opening a new one – will be costly. Together, we can make the most of this precious resource.

Where can I purchase a recycling bin?

Recycling bins are sold at cost ($5.80) at City Hall, and are also available at hardware stores throughout the community. City Hall is located at 360 Pitt Street and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents may also use reusable containers or cardboard boxes to set out their recycling.

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