top of page

Three-item/can limit coming for curbside waste collection

Starting Monday, September 30, the City will be implementing a three-item/can garbage limit for residents who receive curbside waste collection. This limit includes residents whose waste is collected in one shared location – often called a common pad – and those living on agricultural properties.

Ottawa has had a six-item garbage limit in place since 2007. This limit has been far more generous than many municipalities, including neighbouring communities around our city. The new limit helps us extend the life of our Trail Road Waste Facility Landfill as we explore new options for waste disposal.

What is considered an item in this new three-item garbage limit?

An item includes the following:

  • a plastic waste bag

  • a bin with a maximum capacity of up to 140 litres. Households can put several waste bags in a bin as long as the weight is less than 33 pounds (15 kilos) per bin.

  • Furniture or bulky item that can’t be re-used or donated

Examples of acceptable three-item combinations include:

  • one 140-litre bin, a plastic waste bag and a broken chair

  • three 140-litre bins

  • three plastic waste bags

  • two 140 litre bins and one broken vacuum

Leaf and yard waste stored in paper leaf and yard waste bags do not count towards the limit. There will continue to be no limit to how much residents can set out through green, blue and black bins.

Yellow bags for excess waste

Agricultural properties and other special considerations

Tips for waste reduction


New: More information on the three-item/can limit and the City's garbage management can be found here.


bottom of page