Garbage Collection

In this community, garbage and recycling is collected weekly in five pick-up zones - click here to find your zone. Click here for a printable Waste Collection Calendar.

Garbage is limited to 4 bags or 2 bins per household per week, and an unlimited amount of recycling may be set at the curb. Items not contained in a bag or container will not be collected. The City does not offer a program for bulk waste collection.

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Time

Garbage is collected weekly in the City of Cornwall. All garbage must be put to the curb for collection after 7 pm the day before collection or before 7 am the day of collection. For example if garbage collection happened on Monday, a resident could place their garbage out after 7 pm on Sunday, but before 7 am on Monday. 

Size and Weight Requirements:

Garbage is collected at residential properties in two ways: 

  1. In containers of 136 L (30 gal) or less and have 2 handles, garbage can not exceed 27 kgs (60lbs) per container. 
  2. Bags designed for use as garbage bags measuring a maximum of 106 cm x 120 cm. Garbage can not exceed 27 kgs (60lbs) per bag. 

Small grocery bags will not be accepted curbside - they must either be placed in a larger garbage bag or inside a garbage can for collection. Garbage left in cardboard boxes will not be collected. Please do not tie lids to the garbage can and remove any bungee cords to avoid pitcher injury. 


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.

When:

  • 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.

Where:

  • 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. 


Changes To Bag Limits!

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

Bag limits will be reduced to two bags or one can on April 5, 2021.

If you need an exemption from bag limits for medical reasons, fill out this form.


Bag Tags

When you have more bags than the permitted limit, you can buy tags. Bag tags, which will allow residents to set out more bags than the current 4-bag or 2-can limit, are sold in sheets of 10 for $15.00 at:

  • City Hall - 360 Pitt Street
  • the landfill - 2590 Cornwall Centre Road
  • Pop Shoppe - 101 Emma Avenue
  • Short Line Convenience - 1300 Second Street West
  • Fence Depot - 3045 Pitt Street
  • TAS Convenience - 1001 Montreal Road
  • Fullerton Drugs - 170 Pitt Street
  • MacEwen's - 1030 McConnell Avenue
  • MacEwen's - 201 Second Street West
  • MacEwen's - 1400 Boundary Road

On bags, tags should be attached to the bag in a visible manner and in the shape of a flag. Tags should not be cut or altered. They should be securely attached so that they don't blow away and cannot be removed.

Using tags for garbage cans:

  • Garbage cans must always have two tags, regardless of contents.
  • Make sure the tags is visible for the contractor and is securely attached so it will not blow away.
  • Loose garbage should have two tags attached to a heavy item at the top.
  • Garbage bags in a can should have two tags attached at the top.
  • Tags should not be stuck directly on the garbage can. 

The following items will not be collected with the garbage collection: 

Item How to dispose of it
Large or loose items Bring to landfill directly
Leaves, branches, and yard waste Set out during leaf and yard waste dates
Wood Bring to landfill directly
Tires Bring to landfill directly
Electronics Bring to landfill during household hazardous waste days
Appliances (white goods) Bring to landfill directly
Mattresses Bring to landfill directly
Construction/demolition waste Bring to landfill directly
Medication

Bring to a MediDrop

  • Cornwall Community Police Service (340 Pitt St or 330 Montreal Rd)
  • Cornwall Community Hospital (840 McConnell Ave)
Needles/syringes

Bring to a pharmacy or other safe disposal site

 


Recycling Collection

In Cornwall there is a single stream recycling collection, meaning no sorting is required for paper and plastics. All recycling goes into the same box(es) each week for collection and are sorted at our Material Recovery Facility. If you are unsure of what goes into the blue box use our Recycle Coach App or use it online. 

Time

Recycling is collected weekly in the City of Cornwall. All recycling must be put to the curb for collection after 7 pm the day before collection or before 7 am the day of collection. For example if recycling collection happened on Monday, a resident could place their recycling out after 7 pm on Sunday, but before 7 am on Monday. 

Size and Weight Requirements

In a blue box or black box, or reusable container, weighing no more than 27 kgs (60lbs).

Large cardboard may be placed in an open cardboard box for collection with dimensions not exceeding 75cm x 75cm x 75cm. 

Recycling bins 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.

 Report a Missed Waste Collection

If you placed your waste out at the appropriate time and it meets all of the Solid Waste By-Law requirements and it was not collected please fill out this form and a truck will return to collect the material. Please note if you put your waste out after 7:00 am or your waste has a sticker attached to it the contractor will not return to collect your materials. 

Multi-Residential Unit Waste Collection 

The following information is applicable to multi-residential properties which host 7 or more units. For any buildings smaller then 7 units, please follow the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule and information listed in the drop down menus above. 

If you are a multi-residential building owner and would like to set up a curbside garbage or recycling program in your building please fill out this form and a member from the Waste Management team will contact you to develop a program that works best for you and your tenants. 


Garbage Collection

Program Information: 

In Cornwall curbside garbage collection is offered for multi-residential buildings. Beginning June 3rd 2019 all multi-residential garbage must be placed in a cart receptacle that shall have a capacity of no less the 75 litres and no greater then 360 litres.

If you are a multi-residential building manager or a tenant and are not sure when your collection day is use our Recycle Coach App or access it from your computer here

Time:

Garbage is collected weekly in the City of Cornwall. All garbage must be put to the curb for collection after 7:00 pm the day before collection or before 7:00 am the day of collection. For example if garbage collection happened on Monday, a resident could place their garbage out after 7:00 pm on Sunday, but before 7:00 am on Monday. 

Size and Weight Requirements: 

Garbage is collected at multi-residential properties in two ways until June 3rd 2019: 

  1. In containers of 136 L (30 gal) or less and have 2 handles, Garbage can not exceed 27 kgs (60lbs) per container. 
  2. Bags designed for use as garbage bags measuring a maximum of 106 cm x 120 cm, Garbage can not exceed 27 kgs (60lbs) per bag. 

Small grocery bags will not be accepted curbside they must either be placed in a larger garbage bag or inside a garbage can for collection. Garbage left in cardboard boxes will not be collected. Please do not tie lids to the garbage can and remove any bungee cords to avoid pitcher injury. 

As of June 3rd 2019 Mutli-Residential garbage shall be collected in the following manner: 

  1. In Cart receptacles that have a capacity of no less than 75 litres and no greater than 360 litres with a watertight lid, two working wheels, and a single metal bar at the front of the receptacle that are black in colour. 

Restrictions: 

The following items will not be collected with the garbage collection: 

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Tires
  • Electronics
  • White goods or appliances
  • Mattresses 
  • Large items that do not fit inside the carts, bags or containers. 
  • Construction and demolition waste (insulation, drywall, flooring, framing, tile, toilets, showers, vanities, etc.)
  • Shingles
  • Needles, syringes, medications, and sharp objects (broken glass should be placed in a bag inside another bag to protect the collector)

Recycling Collection

Program Information: 

In Cornwall there is a single stream recycling collection, meaning no sorting is required for paper and plastics, they all go into the same cart each week for collection and are sorted at our Material Recovery Facility. If you are unsure of what goes into the blue cart please use our Recycle Coach App or access it from your computer here

Time: 

Recycling is collected weekly in the City of Cornwall. All recycling must be put to the curb for collection after 7:00pm the day before collection or before 7:00 am the day of collection. For example if recycling collection happened on Monday, a resident could place their recycling out after 7:00 pm on Sunday, but before 7:00 am on Monday. For large multi-unit apartment owners with recycling carts, you will be provided with a collection day when your carts are delivered, these days do not correlate with the collection map provided to residents. 

Size and Weight Requirements: 

Recycling is currently collected from multi-residential properties in three ways: 

  1. In a blue box or black box, the boxes must not weigh more than 27 kgs (60lbs)
  2. In a clear or transparent blue bag, the bags must not weigh more than 27 kgs (60lbs)
  3. In a large 95 gallon recycling cart, the cart must have a metal bar on the front and be approved for use by the City of Cornwall. 

Large cardboard may also be placed in an open cardboard box for collection with dimensions not exceeding 75 cmx 75cm x 75cm.

 

As of July 1st 2019 recycling shall be collected from multi-residential properties using: 

  1. Cart receptacles that have a capacity of no less than 75 litres and no greater than 360 litres with a watertight lid, two working wheels, and a single metal bar at the front of the receptacle that are blue in colour

Restrictions: 

The following items will not be collected with recycling collection: 

  • Recycling boxes or bags that are contaminated with garbage 
  • Large plastic toys
  • Large pieces of scrap metal 
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic film
  • Batteries 
  • Hazardous waste
  • Construction and demolition waste

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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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