Winnipeg Moving to Automated Recycling, Garbage Carts on Monday

All Winnipeg households will have been switched over to the new automated recycling and garbage collection service as of Monday, October 1.

Friday marked the last day of the old manual collection system as the city extends new 240-litre carts to the remaining 165,000 single-family properties. Also changing is the set schedule residents have been used to for their weekly collection. Gone are the numbered days, with the city now assigning a determined day of the week that doesn’t change except for a handful of holidays.

Recycling and garbage pickup that falls on Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will have their service restored the following day, pushing everyone else’s schedule back one day for that week. Residents who have collection on Friday would then see service on Saturday until the following week.

Darryl Drohomerski, the city’s manager of solid waste services, says residents should leave enough room between their two carts for easy pickup.

“We want an arm’s length, or enough room to walk between the carts,” Drohomerski said. “You can make it farther if you want, or on the opposite side of your driveway, too.”

Yard waste can be placed next to the carts in the supplied paper bag the city will provide with the new carts. Using plastic bags isn’t recommended. The seasonal yard waste depots (Leaf It With Us) are permanently closed. Annual Christmas tree recycling depots (December 27 to January 20) will continue as usual, along with the community recycle depots that are currently open 24/7.

Further information on the new collection system can be found on the city’s website. video