Garbage Bag Tags

COVID-19 Update, March 26, 10:14 p.m.

City Landfills Temporarily Closed to Public to Support Social (Physical) Distancing

It was necessary to temporarily close the City Landfill sites to the general public to protect the health and safety of residents and staff. This decision was made upon consultation with Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and their recommendation to close landfill sites. The landfills saw over 3,800 visits from residents in the last week and this created a situation where social (physical) distancing was not manageable despite attempts by staff to ensure safety of all visitors. We strongly believe that it is our role to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community, and must take necessary steps to ensure we are doing everything we can to address this. Many options are available to residents and we've implemented an increase of the garbage bag limit to four. Please click here for some FAQs or call 311 to inquire about available options.

To assist residents with the closures of these facilities, the residential garbage bag limit has been temporarily increased to four bags, effective immediately. Blue Box recycling, Green Cart organics and leaf and yard trimmings residential roadside collection remains unlimited. Residents without roadside pickup service, who use drop-off sites for disposal, are unaffected by these closures.


Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Depot drop off days scheduled to be open on Saturdays in April will be suspended until further notice. Please use the Toxic Taxi service for pickup of these items. Please note that due to an increase in requests, wait times for pickup may be longer than usual.

Large Furniture, Appliances and Electronic pickup

The City offers roadside collection of certain large furniture, appliances and electronics items. Please note that due to an increase in requests, wait times for pickup may be longer than usual. For more information on eligible items or to schedule pickup, visit

Residents are encouraged to defer requests for scheduled pickup of non-essential household hazardous waste and large furniture, appliances and electronic items pickups if possible. 

Residents experiencing unusual or challenging situations as a result of the Landfill and Transfer site closures can call 311 to discuss available options.  

Landfill sites will be accessible to commercial, industrial, and City and contracted residential roadside waste service vehicles only. 


If you have to put out more than the weekly bag limit of household garbage, you can buy garbage bag tags. There is no limit to how many extra bags you place at the roadside as long as the bags over the weekly limit are all properly tagged.

The cost is $10 for five tags.

Buy residential garbage bag tags online.

You can also buy them at all Citizen Service Centres, Greater Sudbury Public Library branches and the following retail stores:

Tags are subject to availability. Please phone ahead.

  • Food Basics: 1800 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury - 705-566-8464
  • Home Hardware Hanmer: 5085 Hwy 69 North, Hanmer - 705-969-7000
  • Kwik Way: 13 Serpentine Rd., Copper Cliff - 705-682-2300
  • Lagace's Confectionery: 621 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury - 705-674-3264
  • Marc & Cora Convenience: 2361 Bancroft Dr., Sudbury - 705-586-2011
  • Melvin's Variety: 400 Melvin Ave., Sudbury - 705-671-2751
  • Metro: 3140 Hwy 69 North, Val Caron - 705-897-4958
  • North West Lumber/Home Hardware: 3299 Errington Ave., Chelmsford - 705-855-4573
  • Real Canadian Superstore: 1485 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury - 705-560-4961
  • Variety Plus Confectionery: 1355 Falconbridge Rd., Sudbury - 705-566-8822

How to use a garbage bag tag

Make sure the garbage is in an approved garbage bag, approved bundle or approved garbage can.

Using a bag tag on a garbage bag

  • Secure the top of garbage bag. 
  • Secure the bag tag around the neck of bag. Do not use tags as a twist tie. 
  • Make sure the full tag can be seen. 

Using a bag tag on a garbage can

  • Do not place the bag tag on the garbage can itself.
  • Place the tag on the top bag inside the garbage can.
  • Make sure the tag will be clearly visible when the collector removes the lid. 
  • You only need one tag on the top bag for the entire container to be collected as long as it weighs less than 18 kilograms/40 pounds.

Using a bag tag on a garbage bundle

  • Bundles must be securely tied (e.g. with string/ twine). 
  • Attach tag to the string/twine so that it is easily visible.
  • One tag per bundle is required.
  • Make sure the full tag can be seen.

Please Note:

  • Do not use white, clear or grocery/retail bags. 
  • Garbage bag tags cannot be used for garbage that does not fit in a front-end garbage container.
  • Do not use tags for recycling, hazardous waste or leaf and yard trimmings.
  • We will not accept garbage with torn tags.
  • You must bring garbage that can’t be bagged, placed in an approved garbage can, or properly bundle to the landfill.

How to use a Residential Garbage Tag info sheet (PDF, 288 KB)