Finding your collection zone and schedule

London has six collection zones with a separate schedule for the downtown and core area.

Use the Zone Finder tool to view your schedule or request a collection calendar be mailed or emailed-out.

Zone Finder


Recycle Coach app

Download the free Recycle Coach app from your app store. You will be able to access your collection schedule for garbage, recycling, and yard waste from your phone or device. Recycle Coach can also send reminders about your collection day, and help answer questions about what items go where. 

Printed collection calendar

The printed version of the calendar is available to pick up at City of London EnviroDepots. You can also request a digital copy of the calendar be emailed to you through Zone Finder

Report a collection issue

If you encounter an issue with your garbage, recycling, or yard waste collection, please report it through Service London online. 

Report an issue


Downtown and Core Area collection

Downtown and Core Area garbage collection – changes to garbage collection

In an effort to improve the cleanliness of downtown and a few other areas, the City of London is conducting a pilot project for garbage collection in the Core Area. The goal is to reduce the length of time that bagged garbage sits at the curb, reduce the amount of litter, and better meet the needs of businesses and those living in the core.

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Core Area garbage collection zones and schedule
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A map of the core area garbage collection zone. For assistance and to ask questions, please contact es@london.ca

There is currently an east and a west collection zone, which are separated by Wellington Street. To ask questions about the garbage collection map, or to confirm if you are located in the collection zone, please contact service@london.ca

​​​​​West zone

  • West zone includes the area west of Wellington Street (including residents and businesses on Wellington Street in this area)
  • Collection occurs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights (changed from Tuesday and Thursday mornings) and on Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, please set garbage to the curb between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
  • On Saturday and Sunday, please set garbage to the curb between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

When garbage bags can be placed at the curb (west zone)

Businesses and residents in the west zone can place garbage to the curb between these times. ​​​​​​

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ​​​​​

No collection

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.​​​​​​

No collection

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ​​​​​​

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

East zone

  • East zone includes the area east of Wellington Street
  • Collection occurs on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights (changed from Wednesday and Friday mornings) and on Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, please set garbage to the curb between 8 p.m. and 9  p.m. 
  • On Saturday and Sunday, please set garbage to the curb between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

When garbage bags can be placed at the curb (east zone)

Businesses and residents in the east zone can place garbage to the curb between these times. ​​​​​​

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

No collection

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

No collection

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ​​​​​​

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Please do not set out your garbage too far in advance of the set-out times. This will help keep streets free of litter and reduce the time that garbage sits out at the curbside or sidewalk.​​​​​

Garbage preparation requirements for Core Area businesses

Garbage must be placed inside large, strong plastic bags (minimum size 30 litre, maximum size 125 litre). Bags must weigh less than 20 kg (44 pounds). Do not place small plastic grocery bags at the curbside. Place them in larger bags.

​​​​​A maximum of 12 bags per business will be collected.

The City will collect “commercial” waste. This refers to waste produced from a retail activity (i.e., from the retail area and office area of the business) but shall not include “trade waste”. Furniture, equipment, wooden pallets, discarded inventory, machinery parts, are examples of materials that are not collectible and considered “trade waste.”

Garbage preparation requirements for Core Area residents
  • There is a 3-container garbage limit per residential unit
  • A container is a garbage can or a garbage bag of a size between 30 L (minimum) and 125 L (maximum)
  • Each container of garbage must weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs)
  • Garbage must be placed inside large, strong plastic bags or in a can.  Do not place small plastic grocery bags at the curbside.

COVID-19 precautions

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce litter please ensure that items such as tissues, paper towel, wipes, used gloves and sanitary products and diapers are secured in plastic bags, and not placed loosely in a garbage can.

Needles and sharp items

To protect collection staff and the public, take precautions with broken glass and sharp metal objects.  Place in a sealed cardboard box and label clearly as ‘glass’ or ‘sharps’.

Don’t put needles in the garbage. Place in a rigid container and contact your local pharmacy or visit healthsteward.ca or london.ca/needles for safe disposal options.

Disposing of furniture and other bulky waste

Bulky waste includes furniture, carpet and mattresses.  Some items require preparation (e.g., cut carpet into 3 foot lengths, roll and tie in bundles).  Many items will not be collected at the curbside (e.g., appliances, electronics, scrap metal, tires, and renovation materials). 

Check the Recycle Coach App for details on how to prepare waste, what will be collected at the curbside, and where to take items that will not be collected.

If you live on Dundas Place (Dundas Street between Wellington St and Ridout St.):

Check with your property manager or landlord for disposal options. Do not place bulky waste at the curbside.

If you live within the Core Area and not on Dundas Place:

Place bulky waste at the curbside at the same time as other garbage.  Bulky waste is not counted as part of the 3-container limit.

Developing London's Green Bin program

The City of London is continuing to engage residents in the design of our Green Bin program. We are hoping to learn more about what will drive your ability and desire to participate in this new program.

A Green Bin is like a blue recycling bin, but for food waste such as fruit and vegetable skins, spoiled leftovers, and other inedible food waste like bones. The Green Bin would be collected from your home at the curbside much like your blue box is, and the materials from your Green Bin would be composted or digested.

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Holiday collection schedule for multi-residential properties

Holiday collection schedule for apartment buildings

If you live in a multi-residential property, please contact your property management for more details about your property's waste and recycling collection.

If your regular collection day is…

Rescheduled Day for Garbage

Rescheduled Day for Recycling

Monday, December 27 (Christmas Day Holiday Observed)

Tuesday, December 28

as scheduled

Tuesday, December 28

Wednesday, December 29

as scheduled

Monday, January 3, 2022

(New Year’s Day Holiday Observed)

Tuesday, January 4

as scheduled

Tuesday, January 4

Wednesday, January 5

as scheduled

Family Day

Monday, February 21

Tuesday, February 22

as scheduled

Tuesday, February 22

Wednesday, February 23

as scheduled

Good Friday

Friday, April 15

Saturday, April 16

as scheduled

Easter Monday

Monday, April 18

Tuesday, April 19

as scheduled

Tuesday, April 19

Wednesday, April 20

as scheduled

Victoria Day

Monday, May 23

Tuesday, May 24

as scheduled

Tuesday, May 24

Wednesday, May 25

as scheduled

Canada Day

Friday, July 1

Saturday, July 2

as scheduled

Civic Holiday

Monday, August 1

Tuesday, August 2

as scheduled

Tuesday, August 2

Wednesday, August 3

as scheduled

Labour Day Monday, September 5 Tuesday, September 6 as scheduled
Tuesday, September 6 Wednesday, September 7 as scheduled
Thanksgiving Monday, October 10 Tuesday, October 11 as scheduled
Tuesday, October 11 Wednesday, October 12 as scheduled

 

Additional Notes for Buildings with Wednesday garbage pickup:

Buildings North of Hamilton Road

  • On weeks following a Holiday Monday, your garbage will be collected on Tuesday.

Buildings South of Hamilton Road

  • On weeks following a Holiday Monday, your regular pick up will not change and garbage will be collected on Wednesday.

Cardboard Collection: On weeks following a Holiday Monday, regular Wednesday cardboard collection will be rescheduled for Thursday.

Townhome Collection schedule depends on the type of garbage/recycling containers being used

  • Garbage placed in dumpsters – follow the schedule above.
  • Garbage in individual bags/cans – follow the 2021-2022 Waste Reduction & Conservation Calendar.
  • Recycling placed in large blue carts – follow the schedule above.
  • Recycling placed in individual Blue Boxes - follow the 2021-2022 Waste Reduction & Conservation Calendar.

Recycling Carts: are $90 + HST delivered. Contact Jane Kittmer, 519-661-2489 x2334 or jkittmer@london.ca for more information.

For questions about general collection or missed collection dates, please contact…

 

 

For questions about general collection or missed collection dates, please contact service@london.ca, call 519-661-2489, or report it at Service London. For more information about collection at multi-residential properties, the 2021/2022 holiday schedule, or purchasing recycling carts, please contact Jane Kittmer at jkittmer@london.ca or call 519-661-2489 x 2334