Bulk Waste Collection

As the person responsible for ensuring waste is collected in a timely fashion every day, bulk waste can cause me a lot of headaches, mainly when people disregard the “rules,” and  there seems to be some confusion about what we accept as bulk waste in Halton.

A good example of how not to put out Bulk Waste for collection.

What’s the harm in putting out a few more items?  Each garbage truck collects from around 1,000 households each day — imagine how long it would take for them to finish their route if everybody placed a huge, messy pile at the curb.

Bulk waste collection is an extremely popular service in Halton Region, one that many households find useful throughout the year.  Households receive the service 8 times per year, from February to October.  It’s a service that allows households to dispose of larger household items that are generally over 23 kg (50 lbs) and will not fit into a closed garbage bag or container.

In Halton, there is a 3 item limit for bulk waste.

We have a 3 item limit for bulk waste for a number of reasons.  A limit allows the collection crews to complete their daily routes in a reasonable amount of time, limits unsightly large piles at the curb, and creates incentive to reuse items instead of throwing them out.  But perhaps most importantly, it saves space in our landfill; which in turn saves the Region and taxpayers money.

But before you rush to check your next bulk waste collection day, consider a few alternatives.  (Remember, bulk waste collected by Halton is disposed of in the landfill).

Are the items in such poor condition that they can’t be reused by someone?  If you’re still hanging onto that old futon from college, it’s probably a safe bet nobody’s going to want to take it off your hands.  But maybe you’ve got a coffee table that’s in good shape, but just doesn’t fit in your new basement décor.  Or that dining room hutch that has been passed down in your family doesn’t match your new remodel plans?  Someone may be able to reuse it, and you might even get a few dollars for it.

There are several websites out there dedicated to used items.  KijijiCraigslist, and Freecycle (items must be posted as free) are probably some of the best known and easiest places I’ve found to post large items for purchase and reuse.  Take some good quality pictures of your item (be honest about the condition) and post it online.  You might be pleasantly surprised.  People will come and take items right from your doorstep!

Tires, cardboard boxes, electronics, and shingles are not accepted as Bulk Waste.

Reuse centers are also a great alternative to consider donating items in good condition.  Always call ahead and be mindful that they may not always accept some items.  The Salvation Army Thrift Store provides a pick up service of furniture items for resale.  Habitat for Humanity also takes large items such as complete kitchen units, toilets, bathtubs and other construction materials.  Items are reused in low cost, community building projects.

I’m sure there are many more sites and reuse ideas out there.  If you have some let us know, we’ll spread the word!

If you have done a major clean up or remodel at your house and you do have a large pile of material that needs to go in the garbage, you can either bring it to the Halton Waste Management Site or call a waste hauler — there are many listed in the telephone directory.

Oh and remember, if you are placing items out for bulk waste collection: 3 items please.

About Ben Morris

Hi, I'm Ben. I have been working in Halton Region's Waste Management department for over 10 years. I am currently responsible for administering and supervising our waste collection, transfer, and processing contracts. I basically make sure your waste is collected each week. I have degree in Environmental Resource Science and a passion for the outdoors and spending time with my young family. I am always interested in hearing new and innovative ideas about waste management.
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2 Responses to Bulk Waste Collection

  1. WS says:

    This is great information! I like your honest approach to being realistic about bulk waste. It has to go somewhere, and if we can try a little harder it won’t all go to the landfill. There’s gold in them there hills of bulk waste… sell it or donate it first! … the landfill should be our last resort for sure.

  2. Yes you are right in the sense according to me that it takers very little time to everyone to put out their garbage materials in the related garbage collection dustbin but it takes a lot of time to other people.if all people try to understand their responsibility then it can make the work for others a lot easier.

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