The City of Cornwall's contractor collects recycling at the curb once a week.

Collection is divided into five zones. Where you live will indicate what day of the week your recycling is collected.

Collection Rules:

  • Your waste must be at the curb after 7 p.m. the day before your collection, or before 7 a.m. the day of collection.
  • There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can set out.
  • You can put all your recycling into the same bin: it doesn't need to be sorted.
  • Set out your recycling in a bin or box. It shouldn't weigh more than 50 pounds or 22 kilograms.
  • Large cardboard can be placed in a cardboard box, or tied together, with dimensions no bigger than 75 centimetres by 75 centimetres by 75 centimetres.
  • No wish-cycling, please: if you're not sure where an item belongs in the recycling, use the Recycle Coach app, or throw it away.

Waste Collection Calendar

Sort your waste using Recycle Coach!

Report a missed waste collection

 Buy a can or bin

Tall rolling bins with lids are sold at the landfill by appointment only. Call 613-937-1777 or email us to make your appointment. Prices are listed below without tax:

  • 32-gallon garbage bin: $62
  • 32-gallon recycling bin: $62
  • 64-gallon recycling bin: $91
  • 95-gallon recycling bin: $109

Small square recycling bins without lids can be purchased for $5.80 including tax at:

  • City Hall (360 Pitt St) Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Landfill (2590 Cornwall Centre Rd) Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Prices are at cost - the City of Cornwall sells the bins for the price they were purchased.

 Recycling soft plastics

Some soft plastics are accepted in the recycling program. Bundle them all together before you put them in your recycling bin. This will help keep the sorters at the recycling facility.

Soft plastics you can recycle:

  • grocery bags (except black)
  • bread and bun bags
  • produce bags
  • clean milk bags
  • clean cling wrap
  • sandwich/freezer bags
  • dry cleaner bags
  • apple and carrot bags
  • newspaper bags (without the newspaper)
  • cereal box liners
  • packaging air bags

Soft plastics that belong in the trash:

  • commercial shrink wrap
  • amazon/postage bags
  • bubble wrap
  • cellophane used in gift wrap
  • crinkly plastic
  • black plastic
  • non-food film packaging (building material bags, cement bags)

Winter Waste Collection

Winter poses many challenges – especially when it comes to waste collection. Please take note of these tips to ensure your waste is not left behind.


  • Waste must be set out by 7 a.m.
  • If it snows overnight, be sure to pull your waste out of the snow before 7 a.m.
  • If more than 5 centimetres of snow is expected, please wait until morning to shovel out a spot and set out your waste.


  • Place bins and bags in your shovelled-out driveway or on a shovelled-out part of the boulevard.
  • Waste should never be placed on the sidewalk, as it creates a hazard for pedestrians and snow plow operators.
  • Waste should never be placed on the road, as it creates a hazard for drivers and snow plow operators.

Waste will be left behind if it is placed on a snowbank, is buried in the snow, or is frozen into the bin.

Everyone deserves a safe work environment. Waste rules are in place to ensure the health and safety of waste collection staff. When waste is left behind, it is often because it is unsafe for the contractor to collect. 

Information for businesses and multi-residential buildings

The City of Cornwall provides curbside collection services for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional customers. Fill out this form to request a new collection.

Businesses in the Downtown and Le Village areas have recycling and garbage collection on Mondays and Fridays between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Businesses outside those areas will have their waste collection on the regular collection day for their area.

Please contact the waste management department for more information about waste collection for businesses: 613-937-1777.

Residential buildings with more than 7 units must set out garbage in carts with capacity between 75 litres and 360 litres. The cart must have a watertight lid, two working wheels, and a single metal bar a the front of the receptacle. Recycling can be set out in a bin, transparent bag, or 95-gallon recycling cart with a metal bar.

Sort your waste according to the rules at the beginning of this page.

Use the Recycle Coach app to properly identify what you can recycle, and what has to be thrown away:

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Waste Management Division
861 Second Street West, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-937-1777
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