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I have large or bulky goods (e.g. furniture, mattresses, sports equipment) that I would like to have collected – how do I arrange it and what is acceptable?

If your bulky goods are still in good condition, please consider the various reuse options available to you.

For residents of the City of Pickering and Town of Ajax, bulky goods will be collected on a bi-weekly basis with the regular garbage collection (no appointment is required). There is a limit of two (2) bulky items per bi-weekly collection.

Please note: The Region of Durham does not collect bulky items in the City of Oshawa and Town of Whitby. Please contact your local municipality for more information in these areas.

I have metal items (e.g. appliances such as fridges, dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers) that I would like to have collected – how do I arrange it and what is acceptable?

If your metal goods are still in good condition, please consider the various reuse options available to you. The Region of Durham has a call-in service for where a waste disposal fee will be charged.

I have old or broken electronics and porcelain – how should I dispose of them?

The Region of Durham has a call-in service for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) for Clarington, Scugog, Uxbridge, Brock, Ajax and Pickering residents only. Please call 1-800-667-5671 to schedule a free special collection date for WEEE items. For Oshawa and Whitby residents, please refer to your local waste collection calendars for information about WEEE.

WEEE can also be taken to any of the Region's waste management facilities year-round or dropped off at a scheduled WEEE collection event for free recycling and proper disposal. There are also convenient drop-off locations for WEEE throughout the community. Visit recycleyourelectronics.ca for a list of drop-off locations.

The Region of Durham has a call-in service for porcelain bathroom fixtures such as toilets and sinks for Clarington, Scugog, Uxbridge, Brock, Ajax and Pickering residents only. Please call 1-800-667-5671 to schedule a free special collection date for porcelain items. For Oshawa and Whitby residents, please refer to your local waste collection calendars for information about porcelain collection.

How many garbage bags can I set out?

Durham Region has a four-bag limit for garbage per household every two weeks. A standard size garbage bag, or garbage can, counts as one bag. Individual garbage bags or cans, when full, must not exceed 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in weight as regulated by the Region’s Waste Management By-law. Residents setting out more than four garbage items every two weeks are required to tag each bag over the four-bag limit otherwise it will not be collected. Garbage bag tags are special “peel-and-stick” labels that can be attached to your garbage bag. Residents can purchase bag tags at various locations throughout the Region. Excess garbage can also be taken to one of the Region’s waste management facilities located in Oshawa, Port Perry or Brock Township. Please note: a waste disposal fee will apply. Oshawa and Whitby residents should contact their respective municipalities for purchasing bag tags.

What can I bring to the Region’s Waste Management Facilities?

For items marked with an asterix (*), there is no charge for loads consisting of one or more of those types of materials, if delivered separately from other waste. Please note: no commercial hazardous waste is accepted at any site.

Why do I have to pay disposal fees at the Region’s Waste Management Facilities and what items can I bring in for free?

The Region’s waste management facilities are not paid for through taxes. The costs to haul and dispose of waste, maintain staff and improve the facilities are paid for entirely through waste disposal charges, partnerships and revenues from the sale of recyclable materials. There is no charge for loads consisting of one or more of the following types of materials, if delivered separately from other waste: bulky white polystyrene; Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE); Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW); signs (coroplast/film/paperboard); tires; and white agricultural bale wrap.



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