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Garbage and Recycling

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Garbage is collected every other week on your scheduled collection day. To find your collection day, please check our online Recycle Coach app or view the Collection Map on page two of the Collection Calendar. 

Place garbage, green bins, blue boxes and yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled day, but not earlier than 8 p.m. the night before.

Please be advised that collection times may vary and are subject to change without notification. To check the status of today’s collection, please visit Green for Life (GFL)’s alert page.links to external site

2020 Collection Calendar 

The 2020 Collection Calendar will be mailed to homes the week of December 10. Click here to view the calendar online.

Collection Tags

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Please be advised that the collection tag program begins January 1, 2020. 

Collection tags allow you to set out additional garbage that is over the two item limit as well as bulky items on your scheduled collection day. Check out the image below for tips on properly displaying collection tags: 

Bag
 Garbage Can  Bulky Item

On a bag 

On a garbage can

Bulky item 

  • Wrap the collection tag around the neck of the garbage bag, folding it so both ends of the tag stick together.
  • Do not use a collection tag to seal your garbage bag. Be sure to tie your garbage bag closed first.
  • Place the collection tag around the neck of the top bag in your garbage can, not on the garbage can or the lid.

  • Place the collection tag in a clearly visible spot on any bulky item (such as the front of furniture or mattresses).

Collection tags are sold in quantities of five for $10, do not expire, and are non-refundable. Tags are To purchase collection tags, please visit Customer Service at the Civic Centre (19000 Leslie St.)

Collection Limits

Residents can place a maximum of two bags/containers of garbage at the curb every other week for collection. Use one collection tag for each standard sized garbage bag, garbage can or oversized item over the two item limit. 

Acceptable Containers for Garbage 

Metal or plastic cans 

Plastic garbage bags

  • Must have 2 handles and a secure lid
  • Do not use ties/bungee cords
  • Maximum weight 22 kg (50 lbs)
  • Maximum size 25 gallons/94 litres and 32 gallons/121 litres
  • Must be securely tied
  • No loose grocery/kitchen catcher bags
  • Do not place sharp objects inside bags
  • Maximum weight 22 kg (50 lbs)
  • Maximum size 76cm (30 inches) by 122cm (48 inches)

Who to Call 

Green for Life (GFL) 

If you have questions about missed collection, broken or damaged bin replacement, or would like to schedule a metal item pick-up please contact GFL: 

To learn the status of your collection, please visit GFL’s alert pagelinks to external site

Town of East Gwillimbury Customer Service 

If you have general waste collection inquires, questions about purchasing collection tags and green or blue bins, please connect with our Customer Service Team: 

  • Phone - 905-478-4282 
  • Email - Customerservice@eastgwillimbury.ca 
  • In-person – 19000 Leslie Street, Sharon ON

What goes where?

For more information on what goes where, please visit York Region's website and use the Bindicatorlinks to external site tool.

Did you know?

Although it may appear that your weekly recycling (blue box) and organics (green bin) are collected and thrown into a single compartment within our waste collection trucks, in fact, these side load or rear load trucks are divided into two compartments, i.e. one compartment for blue box materials and one compartment for organics.  The operator deposits the material in the proper compartment and when fully loaded, the truck goes to the York Region Material Recovery Facility for sorting.  Remember, your blue box items do not need to be sorted in the blue box.