Peel Residents - Waste Bin Selection
Starting Jan 2016, Peel Region is moving to a bi-weekly collection schedule and all residents will have to convert to the large standardized bins like the ones being used in Toronto.
My mother called me a month or two ago asking me which bin I'd selected. I had no idea what she was talking about. When she mentioned the notice she'd received, I asked my neighbours about it. None of them had heard about it either, so I told her that maybe it was a pilot project being tested in her neighbourhood.
Well, today, while picking up my recycling bin, I noticed a big orange sticker saying "REMINDER", you must choose your bin by March 31st. What?? I also saw an ad in the local newspaper mentioning the reminder but I honestly don't remember receiving any prior notice. I'll ask my neighbours again when I see them tomorrow morning.
Anyway, I went to the website, and chose the bins. It asked for my address as a way of helping me choose which bin would be most appropriate. I have a big house, but I only have a family of 4. So I was a bit shocked when they said that we should go with the largest. I only put out one bag of garbage each week since we're pretty good with our composted and recycling. The bin that they proposed is supposed to hold about 5 bags.
Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be a cost involved with the size that you choose. But by selecting a Garbage Bin, Recycling Bin and Composted Bin, there's not enough room in my garage for these monstrosities, so I'll have to store them at the side of my house or something.
Has anyone else been through this process? I'm wondering if I should downsize my bins before the March 31st due date, but I'm also wondering if it's even worth it since it's not likely that even the smallest size selections will fit in my garage.