Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with both the Towns of Whitelaw and Bluesky. We are looking forward to working with the residents, and hope to improve on all your garbage collection needs. Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions retaining to Residential Garbage Collection.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is my garbage collected?

Garbage is collected weekly with the exception of Christmas and New Years, unless notified with notice from Prairie Disposal Ltd.

Both Whitelaw and Blusky are collected on Tuesday.

Please have your garbage out by 7:00 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.

Is there a bag limit?

Yes, a bag limit has been set in place. You may have up to 5 bags per household.

For more information call (780) 835-5950

What kind of "Garbage Can" and/or "Garbage Bag" should I use?

Garbage cans should be 100 liters or less in volume. Should have a secure, easily removable lid, fixed non-swiveling handles, and no wheels. Garbage bags should of a tough strength and measure out to 2ft by 3ft.

The garbage collector missed my house.

Sorry about that. Please call (780) 835-5950

What can I put in the garbage?

  • regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items
  • bundled or bagged yard and garden waste (tied branches must be under 4ft. long),
  • rags/old clothes, broken dishes,
  • broken glass (inside a marked puncture-proof container)
  • floor sweepings, sawdust, etc. Please be sure to bag dusty materials.

Note: All material must be properly bagged, bundled or put in approved cans. Please keep the weight to less than 20 kg (44lbs) so there's no risk of injury to your collector.

Unacceptable items:
  • household hazardous waste (e.g., oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)
  • large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas, etc.)
  • large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, etc.)
  • building/renovation material (e.g., wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber, etc.)
  • tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod
  • tires, large metal auto parts

What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

If you're not sure what can be recycled or thrown away, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd. at (780) 835-5950

Prairie Disposal Ltd. also offers others services that can help you get rid of the above mentioned "Unacceptable Items".

How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Every working day your refuse collector picks up between 7000 to 11,000 kilograms of waste, the weight of 10 sub-compact cars. Please help to make the job safer and a little easier.

Keep it Light

Each filled garbage "bag" or "can" should be lighter than 20 kg (44 lbs). You should be able to carry each bag or can with one hand.

Each bundle of brush or tree trimmings should also be below this limit, securely tied, and no longer than 1.2 m (4 ft.).

Package Sharp Objects

Please ensure all broken glass, nails, sheet metal scraps, and other sharps are safely packaged in puncture proof containers and marked as such. Please read Needles, Syringes and Other Medical Sharps for more information.

Don't Overfill

You should be able to put your lids securely back on when you have filled your garbage cans. The wind can blow the lids away if you don't.

Bag the Loose Stuff

To prevent littering, make sure all loose materials like grass cuttings, light plastics, and bits of paper are put into bags or boxes. Please be extra careful and double bag vacuum cleaner dust, sawdust, pet feces, and kitty litter.

Let it Flow

The contents of the can should come out easily. Please don't stuff cans with loose grass, leaves, brush or boxes

Keep it Clean

Please keep your waste collection site clean and tidy year-round. In the winter, clear away snow and ice; sand if necessary. In the summer, trim back any trees or bushes around your garbage stand and check periodically for hornet or wasp nests.

Thanks for helping us out!

Where should I put my garbage cans or bags on collection day?

If you have front street collection:
  • place your garbage at the curb
  • remember to park your vehicle in your driveway
  • if there's road construction, put your waste where it is accessible
If your collection is in your rear lane:
  • place garbage within 3 meters (10 feet) of the rear lane
  • ensure the waste cans are easily accessible
  • if there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb

What should I do with needles and syringes?

Contact your pharmacy for information on local needle take back programs. Not all pharmacies offer this service.

Hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets and any other sharp items used in home medical care are not accepted in household waste -

Bylaw 13777 Section 13 (e) - Prohibited Items

Never put needles in bags or garbage cans.

If you need more information on safe needle disposal, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd. at (780) 835-5950