Restrictions Lightened for Waste Pickup during COVID-19
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Restrictions Lightened for Waste Pickup during COVID-19

The City of Windsor recognizes that residents required to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic may have additional waste.  Starting Monday, April 20 and running until May 15, 2020 every household can place up to two extra garbage bags (not in hard-sided containers) with their garbage on their scheduled collection day.   While hard-sided containers are always preferred, during this special month of collections, crews will pick up a maximum of two extra bags that are not in pails.

Each bag should:

  • Be strong enough to securely hold its contents
  • Weigh no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds)
  • Be closed or tied at the top
  • Be placed next to your garbage pails (not on top of the pail)
  • Not contain sharp objects, paint, batteries or any other household chemical waste

Residents are reminded that all waste is to be set out by 6 a.m. on scheduled collection days.  Pickup may be somewhat delayed with the addition of more garbage to be collected on the route. If your garbage is not collected by 8 p.m., please call 311 to report a missed collection.  Your patience during this time is appreciated.

Residents are also reminded that bulk collection remains available and are asked to call 311 to place a request for this service.

“I know that many residents are trying to stay busy - taking the time to clean out their basements, attics and garages, as we are all staying close to home” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This is just another way that the City of Windsor can make it just a little bit easier for residents at this challenging time.”

Help Keep Collectors Safe

It is important that residents practice safe waste disposal to help protect collectors from the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Do not place garbage loosely in garbage pails. Please ensure all garbage is in bags, then placed in the garbage pail. If you or someone in your household is feeling unwell, place any items that have come in contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into a bag and then into your garbage pail.  This includes items that might normally go into your Blue Box, such as plastic bottles, pop cans or juice containers.

Please respect social distancing measures with your collection crews and do not approach the vehicle or operators.

Visit for the latest information on adjusted municipal services. The Windsor Essex County Health Unit continuously provides updated information on the latest health advice and local COVID-19 data.

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