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Residential Prohibited Items

Learn What Is and Is Not Allowed in a Bin Container

If your waste removal involves common non-hazardous waste, chances are you can put it in a bin. But, if you’re not sure about a certain item, check out the lists below.

Each list offers guidelines for both temporary bins and permanent bins. Temporary bins are rented for one-time waste removal projects, such as cleaning up after a renovation or a roofing project. Permanent bins are rented by businesses and organizations for ongoing garbage collection. There are different rules on what can go in each bin type, be sure to check out the right list for your bin container.

  • Garbage Acceptable Materials
    • Cellophane

      Ziploc bags

      Foil wrapping paper

      Dishes

      Ceramics

      Sanitary napkins

      Glass drinking glasses

      Candy wrappers

      Bubble wrap

      Potato chip bags

      Hangers

      China

      Mirrors

      Tupperware or similar

      Empty motor oil containers

      Hard plastics (toys etc.)

  • Organic Acceptable Materials
    • Plate Scrapings

      Used paper plates

      Leaves

      Plants and flowers

      Pet food and treats

      Grass clippings & sod

      Untreated lumber

      Weeds and soil

      Meat, fish, poultry, shellfish, and bones

      Fruits and vegetables (remove any stickers)

      Pastries, cookies, cake, and muffins

      Nuts, seeds, pits, chips, popcorn

      Bread, pasta, noodles, rice, beans, grains, cereal, crackers

      Eggs, eggshells, and dairy products (e.g. cheese, sour cream)

      Food soiled paper (paper towels, napkins, and tissue)

      Wood popsicle stick, chopsticks, and toothpicks

      Cooking oil, lard, shortening, butter, sauces, food grease, dips, gravy

      Branches, twigs, and hedge pruning (less than 15 cm in diameter and 1.25 m in length)

      Pet waste and kitty litter (must be placed in a certified compostable bag or paper bag)

      Pet fur, hair, or feathers (must be placed in a certified compostable bag or paper bag)

      Animal bedding (e.g. from pet cages, must be placed in a certified compostable bag or paper bag)

      Cold barbeque or fireplace ashes (must be placed in a certified compostable bag or paper bag)

      Wood shaving and sawdust (must be placed in a certified compostable bag or paper bag)

  • Recycling Acceptable Materials
    • Paper

      Newspapers and magazine

      Inserts and catalogs

      Writing paper and computer paper

      Greeting cards and gift wrap (non-foil)

      Junk mail, paper bags, envelopes, and paper egg cartons

      Phone, paperbacks, and hardcover books

      Soup and barrage cartons (tera packs)

      Paper coffee cups and sleeves

      Paper beverage (pop and soda fountain drink) containers

    • Cardboard

      Corrugated cardboard boxes

      Shoe boxes

      Cereal and food boxes

      Paper tubes

    • Metal (Empty and rinse all containers)

      Soup cans

      Aluminum containers

      Metal lids

      Clean Aluminum foil

    • Glass

      Clean glass jar and bottles (empty, rinsed and remove lids)

    • Recycle Logo Plastic (numbers 1-7): Empty and rinse all containers:

      Household cleaner bottles

      Detergent or fabric softener bottles

      Pop or beverage containers

      Margarine and yogurt containers

      Milk jugs

      Plastic bags

    *Not acceptable recycling items: Waxed cardboard, paper towels & tissues, ceramics, china, glass plates, lightbulbs, mirrors, Tupperware or similar, Styrofoam, batteries.

  • Unacceptable Waste Items
    • Propane tanks

      Liquids

      Paint

      Electronics

      Solvents

      Batteries

      Motor oil

      Asbestos

      Radioactive waste

      Building materials, fences, or gates

      Dead animal or animal parts

      CFL and fluorescent bulbs

      Commercial Hazardous Waste

      Explosives and ammunition

      Household chemicals or hazardous waste.

      Items longer than 1.25m or heavier than 20kg

      Automobile waste including parts, tires, and batteries

      Waste that is unsafe to the collector to access or handle

      Trees, tree limbs, shrubs, bushes, loam, gravel, sod, and pruning’s that are not properly packaged

      Old drugs and medications-return unused or expired medicine to your pharmacist for disposal

      Large household appliances and furniture, mattresses, and box springs. It is the owner's responsibility to take these items to any of the City landfills for disposal

      Compressed gas cylinders other than propane (medi-gas, helium, freon)- contact the manufacturer for disposal options

      Containers larger than 5 gallons cannot be accepted, to ensure safety for staff and customers

    • Household Cleaning Products

      Bleach, ammonia, dye

      Oven cleaners

      Disinfectants

      Metal polish

      Septic tank cleaners

      Shoe polish

      Flea powder

      Fertilizer

      Wood preservatives

      Furniture polish and waxes

      Turpentine, varnish, lacquers

      Gardening and Pest Control Products

      Cleaning solvents and spot removers

      Drain, toilet, and window cleaners

      Hot tub and swimming pool chemicals

      Fungicides and herbicides (including weed killer)

      Insecticides and pesticides (including ant and rodent poison)

    • Beauty Products

      Nail polish and remover

      Hair colour and perm solutions

      Aerosols (including hairspray)

    • Hobby Products

      Artist paint, inks, colourants, tints

      Paint thinners and strippers

      Photographic chemicals

    • Automotive Products:

      Antifreeze

      Brake and transmission fluid

      Gasoline

      Rust inhibitors/removers

      Car waxes and polishes (solvent and water based)

      Non-aerosol automotive paints

      Auto body filler

      Solvents

    • Other Products

      Waterproofers

      Glues and cements

      Butane and kerosene

      Mercury thermometers

      Smoke detectors

Commercial Prohibited Items

Learn What Is and Is Not Allowed in a Bin Container

If your waste removal project or debris clean-up involves common non-hazardous waste, chances are you can put it in a bin. But, if you’re not sure about a certain item, check out the lists below.

Each list offers guidelines for both temporary bins and permanent bins. Temporary bins are rented for one-time waste removal projects, such as cleaning up after a renovation or a roofing project. Permanent bins are rented by businesses and organizations for on-going garbage collection. There are different rules on what can go in each bin type, be sure to check out the right list for your bin container.

  • Items Commonly Allowed in a Bin Container
    • Temporary Bin

      • Aerosol Cans

        Empty cans are allowed.

      • Appliances

        Dishwashers, microwaves and stoves are generally accepted in roll-off bins. Refrigerators are not accepted unless they’ve been drained of refrigerant.

      • Heavy Debris

        Asphalt, brick, concrete, dirt and other heavy debris are accepted in temporary bins.

      • Electronics

        Things like computer, printers and TVs are generally allowed. They may not be acceptable in some areas due to local regulations.

      • Furniture

        Beds, chairs, desks, dressers and tables are also usually accepted. They may not be acceptable in some areas due to local regulations.

      • Yard Waste

        Grass, dirt, leaves, logs, shrubs, small branches and stumps are generally accepted, but note that stumps may not be accepted in all locations.

    • Permanent Bin

      • General Waste

        All common generate waste is accepted in our bins.

      • Aerosol Cans

        Empty cans are allowed.

      • Food Waste

        All food waste is accepted in a front load bin.

      • Boxes and Packaging Materials

        Break down large boxes to avoid taking up extra space in your bin container.

      • Office Supplies and Electronics

        Electronics may not be accepted in all areas due to local regulations.

  • Items Commonly Not Allowed in a Bin Container

    While there are many items we can accept, some require separate disposal through a municipal or specialty service. These include any flammable, toxic or hazardous materials. Check out our lists for specific examples.

    • Temporary Bin

      • Adhesives

        Epoxy, glue and other loose adhesives can damage the dumpster.

      • Asbestos

        Considered to be a carcinogen and banned from most landfills.

      • Batteries

        Batteries can contain high levels of lead and can’t be mixed with other waste.

      • Contaminated Absorbents and Soils

        Must be treated or disposed by hazardous waste processors.

      • Food Waste

        Can attract vermin and spoil.

      • Fuel

        No type of fuel can be put in a dumpster.

      • Industrial Drums

        Substances inside are considered hazardous.

      • Infectious Waste

        Consists of materials used in medicine, such as used bandages or discarded surgical gloves.

      • Ink and Resins

        Any ink used in pens and printers, as well as resins, can stain the interior of the dumpster.

      • Oils

        Any oil used in automobiles or as general industrial lubricants.

      • Paints and Lacquers

        Can contain harmful elements such as mercury and lead and can damage or stain the interior of the dumpster.

      • Railroad Ties

        Generally not accepted by landfills due to their toxic creosote coating.

      • Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

        Only those that are properly drained of refrigerant can be thrown in a dumpster.

      • Tires

        All tires are prohibited from dumpsters due to the damage they can cause to landfills.

      • Hot Water Tanks

        The void space in water tanks can collect harmful gases in landfills.

    • Permanent Bin

      • Oil

        Motor oil, industrial lubricants and cooking oil cannot go in a dumpster.

      • Fuels

        All fuel types are prohibited in dumpsters due to their flammability.

      • Tires

        Not allowed in dumpsters due to the damage they can cause to landfills.

      • Car Batteries

        The toxic chemicals they contain cannot be mixed with other waste.

      • Air Conditioners

        They contain refrigerants that require specialized handling.

      • Liquid Chemicals

        Require specialized handling to be disposed of safely.

      • Asbestos

        Banned from most landfills because it is considered a carcinogen.

      • Industrial Drums

        Substances they contain may be hazardous.

      • Medical and Hazardous Waste

        Require specialized handling to be disposed of safely.

      • Roofing Materials

        Must be disposed of in a temporary dumpster.

      • Concrete, Brick and Asphalt

        Heavy debris like these must be disposed of in a temporary dumpster.

      • Construction Materials

        Materials such as drywall, lumber and flooring must be disposed of in a temporary dumpster.

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