Garbage and Recycling

Changes to select Collection Routes coming the week of May 6, 2024. Impacted residents will be informed in mid-April.  View map of impacted areas.

Residents can set out up to five containers or bags of garbage each week. Each container must weigh less than 25 kg (55 lbs). Your garbage must be to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day, but not before 7:00 p.m. the night before.

There are no changes to waste collection on most holidays. Your waste collection will occur one day later than regularly scheduled if it falls on or after these holidays: Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1). Use the Recycle Coach app and never miss another collection. With the easy-to-use calendar you can find your upcoming collection schedule simply by searching your home address.

Christmas Tree Collection

The City of Brantford will collect Christmas trees at the curb from Tuesday, January 2 to Friday, January 12, 2024. Place your Christmas tree visible at the curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Please remember to remove ornaments, tinsel, tree stands and plastic bags from your tree. Christmas trees longer than 8’ must be cut in half. Christmas trees that are buried in snow or frozen to the ground will not be collected.

Winter Collection Tips

With snow and high winds expected over the course of the winter season, here are some reminders when setting out garbage and recycling in winter weather conditions:

  • If snow or heavy winds are expected overnight, wait until just before 7:00 a.m. on your collection day to place blue boxes, garbage and green bin at the curb. All materials must be set out by 7:00 a.m. on your designated collection day.
  • Place heaviest recycling items on the top of lighter materials to help keep materials from blowing out of the blue box.
  • Stand up boxboard or cardboard items in the blue box instead of laying them flat.
  • Keep recyclables below the rim of the blue box.  Additional blue boxes can be picked up at the City’s Mohawk Street Landfill Site.
  • Don’t use garbage bins or cans. Plastic containers do not stand up well in these conditions, use garbage bags instead so containers won’t get damaged and blow around once emptied.
  • Do not use white coloured garbage bags.
  • Clear a spot for your blue boxes, green bin and garbage that is free of snow and easy for collectors to see.
  • Don't place your waste bins or bags on top of or behind snowbanks.
  • Place your waste containers at the left side at the end of your driveway (facing the street).  If you do not have a driveway, place waste containers on the boulevard closest to the curb. If there is no boulevard, place containers on the left side at the end of your walkway (facing the street).

Download Recycle Coach

Keep the City of Brantford clean by disposing of household waste properly. Download and use the free City of Brantford Recycle Coach app to see what goes where and when in your neighbourhood.

Report a missed collection

Residents are reminded that the City’s Collection Contractor has until 5 p.m. to complete collection activities on collection days. Please note that the City will only accept reports of missed collection the morning after a resident’s scheduled collection day.

Report a Garbage, Recycling, Organics or Yard Waste Collection Issue

City of Brantford Municipal Code

Chapter 440 of the City of Brantford Municipal Code regulates landfill and curbside collection of garbage waste in Brantford. Residents must comply by properly preparing their garbage and recycling.

Need more information? Review the full Property Maintenance by-law