08 Apr

NOTICE: Public urged to limit trips to landfills and transfer sites

Landfills and transfer sites remain open at this time as an essential service to residents and businesses.

The municipality is urging essential trips only to limit traffic at the sites and ensure social distancing. People cannot gather and congregate at the sites. Furthermore, people should sort their recycling before coming to the sites to avoid creating unnecessary crowds at the bins.

For curbside pick-up, residents can put out one untagged bag of garbage per week until May 1, 2020, at which time it will be reassessed. The two-bag limit per week for curbside collection remains in place. Additional garbage bag tags can still be purchased by mail. Send your request and a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton ON, KOK 2T0. Bag tags can be purchased at select locations. Please call ahead to determine if the merchants are open and still selling tags.

Please note: the one untagged bag allowance does not apply to garbage brought to landfill and transfer sites. All bags must have a tag.

Quinte Waste Solutions has cancelled the mobile household hazardous and electronic waste event scheduled for April 11 in Picton. More details are available on the QWS website

Safe waste disposal practices

• Do NOT place used tissues and napkins in the green bin. These items often become wind-blown when the collector opens the lid or when emptying the bin into the truck.
• Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage. Wash your hands afterwards.
• Use liners for food waste placed in the green bin.
• Bag all waste. Do not place waste loosely in garbage containers.
• If you’re sick or self-isolating for 14 days, place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose, or eyes into the garbage – even items that you normally place into your blue box (water/beverage bottles, pop cans, milk/juice cartons, etc.).

Clean recycling reminder

Residents are reminded that only clean, recyclable materials are accepted in the blue box program. If any of the following items are in your blue box, it will NOT be collected:

• Kleenex
• Tissues
• Sanitary wipes (i.e. baby wipes, alcohol wipes)
• Medical waste of any kind (sharps, gloves, face mask, medication)
• Food waste

While these items are never accepted in the blue box program, this policy is being strictly enforced given the pandemic. Please use due diligence when placing items in your waste bin, green bin, or recycling blue box.

Recycling during self-isolation

In response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, some residents may be self-isolating for 14 days due to recent travel or potentially being exposed to COVID-19. During this 14-day isolation period, to ensure the health and safety of collections and sort line staff, Quinte Waste Solutions is asking that residents either store recyclables until the isolation period has ended (preferred) or carefully place all material into garbage bags and use their regular garbage collection day for disposal.

More information can be found at https://quinterecycling.org/.  

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.