Prevent Wildlife

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. 


Prevent Wildlife

Keep Bears out of your Garbage, Recycling and Green Cart

Help Keep Wildlife out of Garbage and Recycling

  • Keep your garbage in airtight containers inside your house, garage or shed. 
  • Put your garbage and recycling at the roadside by 7 a.m. on your collection day and not the night before. 
  • Use an approved garbage can for your bagged garbage. 
  • Wash your containers often with a strong smelling disinfectant to reduce odours.

Check out our info sheet for even more tips. (PDF, 288 KB)

Help Keep Wildlife out of Green Carts

Green Carts are durable and designed to be animal and rodent-resistant, but there are additional steps you can take to keep wildlife from getting into your cart:

  • Purchase a bin guard for your Green Cart at the Environmental Services office located at 1805 Frobisher St.
  • Securely latch the lid on your Green Cart before setting it out.
  • Put your Green Cart out in the morning (before 7 a.m.) rather than the night before.
  • Make sure all contents are inside the cart (no bags sticking out).

Prevent Insects in your Green Cart

To prevent insects and maggots in your Green Cart you will need to eliminate odours and keep them from getting in your cart.

  • Clean your container regularly using a solution of borax/water or vinegar/water or a mild soap.
  • Remove all liquid from the bottom of your container and line it with paper products (for example crumpled newspaper) to absorb liquid and prevent material from sticking to the bottom.
  • Sprinkle vinegar or baking soda in it to prevent odours and store it in a well-ventilated area.
  • Cover it with black plastic such as a garbage bag during the summer months to trap heat and reduce fly survival.
  • Sprinkle rock salt or lime inside the container
  • Place your container out for collection every week, even if it isn't full.