Every Other Week Collection (February 2021)

In 2016, City Council approved a phased approach for changes to waste collection policies in Greater Sudbury. 

The first two phases happened in October 2016 and October 2019. The third and final phase will happen in February 2021, when the City moves from picking up one bag of garbage every week to picking up two bags of garbage every other week. Unlimited quantities of leaf and yard trimmings will also be collected every other week.

Unlimited quantities of Blue Box recyclables and Green Cart organics will continue to be collected on a weekly basis. Special support programs have been developed to help residents with the changes and a few additional support programs are under review.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will the City be cutting back on the amount of garbage it collects?
No. The collection schedule will change as of February 2021. Instead of collecting one bag every week, the City will collect two bags every other week. 

Unlimited quantities of leaf and yard trimmings will also be collected every other week and unlimited quantities of Blue Box recyclables and Green Cart organics will continue to be collected on a weekly basis

Is Blue Box and Green Cart collection also moving to every other week?
No. The recyclables and organics material you put out in your Blue Box and Green Cart will continue to be collected weekly.

Are residents required to buy specific animal-resistant storage containers?
No. There is absolutely no requirement for residents to buy specific animal-resistant storage containers.

Some residents have expressed interest in having animal-resistant storage containers for their waste. Since these containers can be expensive, the City is considering introducing two support programs to help those who are interested: 
•    A rent-to-own program to ease the upfront costs by allowing participating residents to make monthly payments over the period of one year. 
•    A subsidy program for a 50 per cent rebate to qualifying residents with an annual household income of $47,000 or less. The program, if approved would be on a first-come first-serve basis and capped at $45,000 per year for a three-year period.

Again, these containers are not mandatory for anyone.

I have a child in disposable diapers and am worried about leaving them out for two weeks. What do I do?
Members of the Operations Committee have directed staff to report back on how the City can provide a support program for weekly pickup of disposable diapers at no additional cost to users. The report is expected before the end of June 2020.


I have medical waste to dispose of and don’t want to leave it out for two weeks. What do I do? 
Members of the Operations Committee have directed staff to report back on how the City can provide a support program for weekly pickup of medical waste at no additional cost to users. The report is expected before the end of June.


How can I keep track of what day my garbage will be collected?
Residents are encouraged to use the Waste Wise tool. Download the ‘Greater Sudbury Waste Wise’ app or visit www.greatersudbury.ca/wastewise to: 
•    keep track of collection schedules 
•    print a personalized collection calendar
•    receive collection day reminders
•    find out what items go where
•    make requests for pickup of large furniture/appliances/electronics
•    find the hours of operation for landfill site or the Household Hazardous Waste Depot