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As part of the Solid Waste Management Strategy, Halton Region is conducting a Wheeled Cart Waste Collection Demonstration Project (referred to as the Demonstration Project) for the curbside collection of recyclable material and household garbage. The Demonstration Project will explore the benefits and challenges for wheeled cart collection (replacing traditional Blue Boxes/Bags and garbage bags/bins) and how it could operate in Halton Region.
Approximately 1,800 residential households (eight areas of Halton) have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Project. Between June and September 2023, participating households were:
Participants will begin using wheeled carts starting in October 2023 for about one year. The results of the Demonstration Project will help Regional Council determine if wheeled carts should be implemented further across the region, or if the current collection program shall remain unchanged (expected 2026).
Wheeled carts are made from durable plastic material and come in a variety of sizes to accommodate household waste volumes and storage. They have secure lids and easy-to-use handles for moving to and from the curb. Each household will receive two carts: one blue cart for recyclable material, and one black cart for garbage material.
Potential benefits of a wheeled cart waste collection program include:
In September 2023, each household in the Demonstration Areas will receive two carts: one blue cart for recyclable material, and one black cart for garbage material. The collection of wheeled carts will start the week of October 9, 2023 and will continue until at least the end of September 2024.
Halton Region offered an initial online survey to participants to provide feedback on the wheeled cart waste collection program.
Before the wheeled carts are delivered, you will receive an information kit that will include your waste collection schedule; details about upcoming Public Information Centres taking place in September; instructions on how to place your wheeled carts curbside for collection; and complimentary recycle and compost bags.
You will receive black wheeled cart for the placement and collection of household garbage and a blue wheeled cart for the placement and collection of recyclable material.
Wheeled cart collection starts the week of October 9, 2023. The regular collection day will remain the same for participants. Recyclable material will be collected every other week (instead of weekly) on your regular collection day. This will happen on the week following your garbage collection. For example: one week will be garbage collection, the following week will be recycling collection, etc.
During the Demonstration Project, Green Carts, bulk waste, yard waste, and metal items and appliances will continue to be collected in the same manner as they are now and on your regular collection day.
Garbage and recycling will be collected every other week on alternate weeks. Wheeled carts must be placed out at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
Please check your collection schedule here.
Storing and maintaining your garbage and recycling wheeled carts properly can help keep your property organized, reduce damage to the carts, and ensure the wheeled carts remain safe and clean.
Store the wheeled carts where you normally store your waste, in convenient and secure places such as:
In your garage
At the side of your house
Against a fence
Near the end of a long driveway
Approximately 1,800 single-family residential households were selected to participate in this Demonstration Project. These households were chosen based on household type, lot size, location, and year of construction.
In municipalities where a wheeled cart program has been implemented, residents have reported that the use of wheeled carts is a more convenient means to store and place waste curbside for collection. Wheeled carts eliminate the need to bend down and lift different boxes, bins and bags to the curb. A wider base with ergonomic handles will make it easier for residents to take their material to the curb on collection day. By participating, households will help inform the Region of the risks and benefits of a wheeled cart program in order to determine if a Region-wide wheeled cart program should be implemented.
Wheeled carts come in different sizes (PDF file) (ranging from 120 L - 360 L, which can hold 2-4 garbage bags or Blue Boxes), and the specific size of each wheeled cart will be pre-selected for the households in the Demonstration Project. This will help us gather data on the optimum size(s) for collection.
Participation in the Demonstration Project for selected households is mandatory to ensure the Region gathers enough information to make a recommendation to Council. The Region will work closely with households to identify and address any concerns they may have and provide tips and resources to support participation in the project. If you have any questions about the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311.
Selected households are best able to determine the most appropriate location on their property to store their wheeled carts. The wheeled carts will give residents the ability to consolidate a number of smaller bins and bags into two carts, taking up less floor space. One of the purposes of the Demonstration Project is to identify any challenges with the storage of the wheeled carts and find solutions.
Only selected neighbourhoods are part of this Demonstration Project. If you are planning to move, please leave your wheeled carts behind for the new homeowner or tenant.
Please email email@example.com or call 311 to report a lost or damaged cart.
At a minimum, the Demonstration Project will continue through to the end of September 2024, but may also be extended beyond that date. If a decision is made to not continue the program, the Region will make arrangements to collect the wheeled carts from the participating households. Households will not be able to keep the wheeled carts.
You can use your old garbage bins and Blue Box for organization or garage storage. If you no longer have any use for your Blue Box, in your Kit you will find a “Take My Blue Box” sticker. Apply the sticker and place the empty Blue Box curbside with the sticker facing the curb by the date specified in the letter you received from Halton Region. If you have more than one Blue Box, please stack them prior to placing curbside.
Any additional recycling must be placed in clear plastic bags beside your Blue Cart. Blue Boxes will no longer be collected at the curb once your wheeled cart collection begins. Any additional garbage must be placed in garbage bags with $2 garbage tags affixed and placed beside your Black Cart. A maximum of three extra bags can be placed curbside on garbage weeks. If you need to purchase garbage tags, please visit halton.ca/waste or call 311.
We respectfully ask all households to utilize the wheeled carts provided between now and November 2023. We recognize that some households may require a different wheeled cart to best suit their needs. In early November 2023, you will be informed of when and how you can request a smaller Black Cart for household garbage and a smaller Blue Cart for recyclable material.
If you have any questions or need more information about the Demonstration Project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 311.
By participating in this Demonstration Project, you will be assisting Halton Region in developing a more sustainable and efficient waste management system in our community. We appreciate your participation and value your feedback and comments.