Community Health and Safety

Garbage and Recycling Pick Up Changes as of April 1, 2013

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There are some changes coming to how we pick up garbage and recycling in Hamilton. As of April 1, 2013, the City will be doing things a little differently to make things easier, and more convenient, as you sort your waste each week and put it out a the curb for pick up.

Garbage / Trash Tags

What is happening to waste pick up?
Changes are being made to how the City picks up your recycling, garbage and food scraps (green bin). Enhancements include more frequent yard waste and bulk goods collection, allowance of bigger blue boxes, and a “trash tag” system for extra garbage.

When is it happening?

The changes will take effect as of April 1, 2013.

What is a “trash tag”?
A trash tag is a long, narrow sticker that is to be used on extra bags / cans of garbage (above the one container limit).

Why do we need to use trash tags?

The purpose of the tags is to replace Amnesty Weeks – allowing them to be used on extra garbage any week of the year. They DO NOT need to be used on the first bag / can of garbage each week.

Will there still be “amnesty weeks”?
No, there will no longer be “amnesty weeks”. They are being replaced with trash tags.

How and when will I get my trash tags?
Trash tags will be mailed through Canada Post during March along with the City’s 2013 Garbage and Recycling Guide.

Where do I put my trash tags? / How do I put my trash tags on my garbage bag / container?

  • Trash tags come with an adhesive backing (they have glue on their backs).
  • Remove a trash tag from the piece of paper it came on and stick it on your extra container(s) of garbage.
  • Trash tags MUST BE VISIBLE to collectors.

They can be:

  • Wrapped around the top of your garage bag (preferred)
  • Stuck on a piece of garbage that is sitting on the top of your garbage can.
  • Do not put a trash tag on your garbage can itself.


Do I need to put trash tags on every one of my garbage bags / containers?

No. You do not need to put a trash tag on your first bag / container of garbage. You need to put one trash tag on each bag or can of garbage above the one container limit.

How many trash tags do I get?
You will get 12 trash tags mailed to you with your 2013 Garbage and Recycling Guide. After you receive your first 12 trash tags with your 2013 Garbage and Recycling Guide, you can call (905) 546-CITY (2489), email or visit us online at hamilton.ca/waste to request an additional 14 tags.

Where can I go in person to get more trash tags?
You can go to any one of the City’s six Municipal Service Centres or City Hall to pick up your additional trash tags in person.

How much will trash tags cost?
Trash tags are paid for through annual property taxes. There is no additional cost for them.

How long can I use my trash tags for? / Will they expire? / When will they expire?

Trash tags will be good for one year beginning each April. Therefore, the tags you receive in March 2013 will be good for one year beginning April 1, 2013 and expire at the end of March 2014. New tags will be sent to you each year.

What is changing about yard waste pick up?
You can put out as much yard waste as you would like to all year round on your scheduled pick up day. This is a change from the current / previous schedule of every-other-week pick up during the Spring and Fall. Knowing whether you live in a purple zone or a yellow zone (as indicated on last year’s pick up calendar) is no longer necessary.

What is changing about bulk pick up?

You can now call in to book a bulk pick up every week.

How far in advance do I have to call in to schedule a bulk pick up?
Call in at least one week before you want your big garbage picked up.

What is changing about the Community Recycling Centres (CRCs)?
There are no changes being made to the CRCs.

The Kenora CRC is located at 460 Kenora Avenue (north of Barton) and is open all year, Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Bulk Up


What is changing about bulk pick up?

You can now call in to book a bulk pick up every week.

How far in advance do I have to call in to schedule a bulk pick up?
Call in at least one week before you want your big garbage picked up.

How do I get my bulk stuff picked up?

Call (905) 546-CITY (2489) to book a bulk pick up.

How much bulk can I put out each time?

You can put out up to four (4) items each time you call to book a bulk pick up.

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