County Council votes to reduce bag tag requirements until May 29

Cobourg, ON – March 30, 2020 –  At a special meeting of County Council today, Council voted to make temporary changes to waste bag tag requirements in order to promote social distancing as well as provide financial relief for residents in response to COVID-19. 

Starting March 31 and continuing until May 29, households will be permitted to put out one free bag of garbage per week on their regularly-scheduled collection day. A maximum two-bag limit per week per household remains in place. Port Hope rural residents will also be able to dispose of one free bag of garbage per week at the Hope Transfer station. Council will continue to assess whether an extension beyond May 29 is required.

“By allowing one free bag of garbage per week per household, Council is taking decisive action to further support of our residents during this challenging time,” states Warden Bob Sanderson. “We do ask that residents please continue to properly dispose of waste, recycling and organics and set out only what they need to during this time. This will help our Waste Services team manage capacity and continue effectively providing essential curbside collection services for our community.”

Residents are asked to further support our Waste Services team in delivering this essential service by adhering to the following practices:

  • Safe discarding of used disposable gloves is important to reduce the risk of illness. Please ensure used gloves are thrown directly in the garbage.
  • Please practice social distancing around waste collection staff. While we know you may want to show your appreciation for the necessary and hard work they continue to do, please do so by giving the a wave or a smile, from at least six feet away.
  • Use certified compostable bags for green bin collection during COVID-19 to reduce the risk to our collection staff. 
  • The County is beginning to notice large amount of unacceptable items in the recycling stream. Please note that Kleenex, wipes, disposable gloves, face masks and any medical waste belong in a garbage bag.
  • Recycling bin and lid sales and exchanges are currently on hold until further notice.

Waste services updates

  • Weekly Blue/Grey Box, Green Bin and waste collection continues as scheduled.
  • Yard waste collection begins, as scheduled, the week of April 13 for Area 3; the week of April 20 for Area 4; the week of May 4 for Area 1; and the week of May 11 for Area 2.
  • Brighton, Bewdley and Seymour Community Recycling Centres are currently closed to the public until further notice. This includes all hazardous waste depot dates. This closure is intended to limit community spread of COVID-19. The Brighton CRC will continue to accept waste from essential commercial customers only, along with curbside collection trucks. The Hope Transfer station remains open to accept waste from Port Hope rural residents only.

For up-to-date information regarding changes to County programs and services in response to COVID-19, and details about available community resources, visit our COVID-19 page