Collection Guidelines

Collection of solid waste is provided every other week on a day specified by the Town. Green Bin and Blue Box collection are provided every week.

Collectable materials should be at the curb no earlier than 8 p.m. the evening before collection and no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection.

Refer to the waste and recycling calendar for your collection dates.

Seaweed (duckweed) is considered yard waste (see yard waste collection guidelines below).

Bag tags

All bags or containers set out for pick up by the waste collector must have a tag prominently displayed. If garbage is set out in a regular garbage container, please have tag secured to top bag inside container, not to the container. There is no limit to the number of green bins or blue boxes that can be placed out for collection. More information is available in our list of frequently asked questions.

Pricing

Bag tags are available for purchase the Civic Centre all branches of the Georgina Public Libraries at five tags for $10 and large item tags are $12. A list of additional retailers will be released as available.

New bag tag rules

Effective July 4, 2022, tag exemptions related to COVID-19 are ending, and new bag tag rules come into effect. A maximum of five bags (two without tags, three with tags) are allowed per garbage pickup. Collection times may vary. To ensure collection all materials must be out at the curb before 7 a.m. Note: Previously purchased bag tags remain valid and can be used after July 4.

Large item tags

A large item tag is needed for large items such as furniture, mattresses, box springs, toilets, appliances and carpeting.

Tags for garbage bags or large items are available for purchase at the Civic Centre and all branches of the Georgina Public Libraries. Each large item will require its own large item orange tag and the maximum of five collectible items during the regular bi-weekly garbage collection schedule includes tagged large items.

Container size rules

Container sizes and weights

Disposable bags, or other waste containers, shall not exceed the size of: 76 cm x 122 cm (30" x 48") for bags. Refuse cans/containers are to be reusable metal or plastic, no larger than 50 cm (20") in diameter and 90 cm (36") in height and have handles and a lid. All material must be bagged and tied.

Blue box maximum acceptable size is 50cm (20 inches) in height and 50cm (20 inches) in width or length. Recycling material will not be collected if placed in plastic bags, including but not limited to clear blue recycling bags. 

Total weight of each full can, container or bag cannot exceed 50 pounds. 

Backyard composting

There are three things to keep in mind for backyard composting:

  • Location, location, location
  • Needs good water drainage
  • Partially shaded spot is best

Composting three-step

  1. Materials: Always feed your bin with equal amounts of greens and browns and make sure to layer the material.
  2. Moisture: Keep your pile damp with light watering, as needed. Note that if it's too wet, the materials will become too high in carbon (brown).
  3. Aerate: Turn your pile frequently.

Finished compost

  • If all steps are followed properly, you should have compost in two to three months
  • To speed up process, add new materials in tiny pieces, aerate your pile more often and add a layer of garden soil or manure.
  • Piles are ready when there is no longer traces of green or brown material.
  • The bottom of your pile will show signs of completion before the top.

Compost materials

Green

  • Bread (no butter)
  • coffee grounds/filters
  • egg shells
  • fruit scrapes
  • house plants
  • vegetable scraps
  • feathers
  • grass (limited amounts)
  • hair

Brown

  • Sawdust
  • dryer lint
  • grass clippings
  • dried grass clippings
  • leaves
  • woodchips
  • straw
  • small sticks and twigs
  • natural cotton and wool rags

Never

  • Barbecue charcoal
  • fish
  • meats
  • dairy products
  • bones
  • oils
  • fats
  • diseased or insect-infested plants
  • feces
  • weeds with mature seeds

Winter composting

Continue to compost as normal as a little snow or sub-zero temperatures doesn’t put an end to the biological process of composting. Save fall leaves or dry grass clippings to use throughout the winter.

Construction demolition waste

Construction and demolition waste and materials can be disposed of at the Georgina Transfer Station. Be advised that disposal fees will be based on the type of material being disposed.

Georgina Transfer Station Household Hazardous Waste Depot
23068 Warden Ave. (Just north of Ravenshoe Road)
Georgina, ON L4P 3E9

Hours of operation

Transfer Station

Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

Open Tuesday and Saturday 8 am. to 5 p.m.

* Closed on Civic and statutory holidays

Household hazardous waste

Household hazardous waste can be dropped off for free at:

Georgina Transfer Station Household Hazardous Waste Depot
23068 Warden Ave (Just North of Ravenshoe Rd.)
Georgina, ON L4P 3E9

What is household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste includes material that is corrosive, explosive, flammable, or poisonous. It is damaging to people and the environment if it gets washed down the drain or thrown in the garbage. It can contaminate drinking water, soil and the air. Whenever possible, try to use non-hazardous alternatives. If you do use a hazardous material try to use it all or give the leftovers to someone who will use it.

Hours of operations

Transfer Station

Monday to Saturday: 8 AM to 5 PM

Sunday: Closed

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

Open Tuesday and Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM

* Closed on Civic and statutory holidays

Accepted items

POISON including pesticides, chemicals, insect poisons, bleach, cleaning fluids, fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides, antifreeze, and pool chemicals.

FLAMMABLE including paints, solvents, oils, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, BBQ starter, paint stripper, paint brush cleaner, primer.

EXPLOSIVE including aerosols, propane cylinders

CORROSIVE including batteries, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and disinfectants.

OTHERS fluorescent tubs and energy efficient light bulbs

Leaves, brush and yard waste

Disposing of leaves, brush and yard waste

Yard Waste is collected with recycling every second week from April to November. There is no limit on the amount of yard waste that can be placed with collection providing that acceptable label containers are used (yard waste stickers are available at no charge).

Please use environmentally friendly kraft paper bags or regular garbage container. Tree and shrub clippings should be tied with string and bundled. The maximum diameter of the trees and shrub clippings is 60cm (24 inches) and 90cm (36 inches) in length. Tree stumps will not be collected. Bundles or bags shall not exceed 22kg (50lbs) in weight.

Please note that the Town does not accept grass clippings, dirt or sod in curbside yard waste collection.

For more information, view the Waste and Recycling Calendar, download our free Recycle Coach App on your mobile phone or tablet, or call Customer Service at 905-476-4301.

White Goods and metals

What are White Goods

White Goods are refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, hot water tanks, dishwashers, BBQ, lawn mower, air conditioners and similar appliances. 

Disposing of White Goods

When recycling any of the above-mentioned items, you can take them to the York Region Transfer Station on Warden Avenue just north of Ravenshoe Road or, contact Green for Life Environmental Corp (GFL) at 1-866-421-5625 to arrange for collection.

Each item (maximum of five/week) requires a garbage tag prominently displayed. Refrigerator Doors must be removed. Pickup days may vary depending on holidays. Items must be at the curb by 7 AM on the day of collection.

There are a number of individuals who will pick up white goods and scrap metal in the community. Check local community groups for more information. 

Textiles

Textile diversion program

The Town partnered with Diabetes Canada in 2021 for a textile diversion program to help support waste diversion. Residents can bring unwanted textiles (adult/children’s clothing, footwear, undergarments, towels, pillows and curtains) to the textile donation bins located at –

  • Ice Palace (southwest corner), 90 Wexford Dr.
  • Civic Centre (near T-ball diamonds)
  • Sutton Arena (northeast corner)

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd, RR 2
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100
info@georgina.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.