Curbside Garbage Collection

​Garbage must be placed at the curb for collection no earlier than 7:00 pm the evening before your collection day and no later than 7:00 am the morning of your collection.

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Garbage Reminders

  • Any material that prevents the lid of the toter cart from closing flat is considered excess.  If you have excess garbage, your toter cart may not be emptied. 
  • Excess garbage is the responsibility of the property owner. Excess garbage can be taken to Harwich Transfer Station or Wallaceburg Transfer Station for disposal. Cash-only fees will apply.
  • Material placed in the toter cart must be contained in a bag or box.
  • Toter carts that are not properly placed at the curb will not be emptied and is the responsibility of the property owner. For more information, see our Toter Cart Placement Instructions.
  • Collection times may vary week to week. However, if garbage is not at the curb prior to 7:00 am on collection day, you are not eligible for garbage pick-up that week.
  • Residents must return all garbage and recycling boxes to private property no later than 7:00 pm on the day of your collection.
  • The Municipality reserves the right to clean-up or collect garbage left at the curb and invoice the property owner accordingly.
  • Litter that is created as a result of crows or small animals ripping garbage bags open is the responsibility of the owner to clean up.
  • Garbage bags cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) each.
  • Large items (i.e. mattresses, box springs, furniture) must be at the curb by 7:00 am the morning of your regular collection day in order for it to be flagged for the bulk collection truck to pick up. Each large item counts as one bag toward your weekly limit. For example, if you put out a large item, that means you can put out two bags of household waste beside the large item. Do not use the toter for the two bags. For more information, see our Bulk Collection Schedule.
  • Appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, freezers, washing machines, etc. are not accepted at the curb.  Please refer to transfer stations for disposal options, consider donating or list on the Chatham-Kent Reuses website.
  • E-waste, tires and scrap metal items are also not accepted at the curb. Please refer to transfer stations for disposal options.

Residential Collection Limits

  • The garbage limit per week is one 95-gallon toter cart (lid closed flat) or any combination of up to three regular size garbage bags, bundles of brush, bulk items (i.e. furniture) and/or regular size bags of yard waste.  
  • Bundles of brush must be tied securely weighing no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) and dimensions not exceeding 5 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • One 95 gallon toter cart is equivalent to three garbage bags. One 68 gallon toter cart is equivalent to two garbage bags.
  • All items in excess of the limit, not properly contained or not in an approved container will be left at the curb. Items left at the curb are the responsibility of the owner to remove/clean up.
  • When placing a bulk item at the curb, do not use the toter cart that week as everyone's interpretation of how full/empty the cart is will be different. Use regular size garbage bag(s) for household waste instead.  

Multi-Residential and Institutional/Commercial/Industrial Limits

The amount of collectable refuse from anyone institutional, commercial or industrial property as well as multi-residential properties (6 or more units) shall not exceed 2.0 cubic metres or five 95 gallon toter carts.


Non-Collectible Garbage

  • Toter carts with excess garbage (i.e. lid does not close flat)
  • Clippings/branches from trees/shrubs that are NOT bundled and/or in dimensions of 5 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Manufacturing or industrial wastes
  • Explosives and highly flammable or volatile substances
  • Liquid or gaseous waste, caustics and acids
  • Poisons, pesticides and herbicides, radioactive material
  • Septic tank materials, raw sewage, sludge and industrially processed sludge
  • Infected materials including dressings and bandages
  • Syringes/needles
  • Organic material which has not been drained of all liquid in accordance with the provisions of the by-law
  • Carcasses or parts thereof of any animal or other creature, save for bona fide kitchen and table waste
  • Live animals or birds
  • Hay, straw and manure
  • Any materials which have become frozen to a container and cannot be removed by shaking or without breaking the container
  • The stock of any wholesaler or retailer (e.g. eggs, fish, pickles, fruit and vegetables)
  • Sawdust and/or shavings from a commercial and/or industrial establishment
  • Broken plaster, railroad ties, pallets, lumber or other waste resulting from the construction, alteration, repair, demolition or removal of any building or structure
  • Discarded tires with rims, trucks, automobiles and other vehicles and any parts
  • Tree trunks, stumps, loose leaves or branches, sod or fill of any kind
  • Cardboard boxes that are wet and may fall apart
  • Household paints, solvents
  • Non-prescribed containers, such as 45-gallon drums and loose grocery/kitchen catcher bags
  • White goods/scrap metal
  • Tires
  • E-Waste (i.e. computers, monitors, cameras, fax machines, printers, etc.)