Detailed instructions will come with your new cart, including diagrams and instructions on how to place it for pick up. In the event that you put your cart in the wrong place, we will leave a note attached to your cart to help you place it properly for next time. As long as there is enough space around your cart for the truck’s robotic arm to lift and empty your cart, you should be fine.
If I move, how will I know when my cart should go out?
If you move, do not take your cart. Please leave it with the house – a new cart should be waiting for you at your next home. You can use our interactive map to cross reference your home address with our collection zones.
Are there other sizes of garbage carts available?
All households will receive a standard 95 gallon cart, which holds about the same amount of garbage as three full-size aluminum garbage cans. Other sizes of carts are not available because the collection truck’s robotic arm is designed for the 95 gallon size.
There are several reasons why your cart may not have been emptied:
Your cart was not placed before 7:00 a.m. on collection day
There was not enough space around your cart to enable collection
The lid of your cart was left open
There was a notice on your cart identifying a problem
If none of these scenarios applies to you, call the City at 306-778-1625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will notify our service provider.
What can I put in my cart?
Your cart is for the same household waste you usually put in garbage cans. Keeping recyclable materials, like paper and cardboard, out of your garbage cart will free up a lot of space for other waste.
What should stay out of my cart?
Hazardous waste, heavy materials, dangerous goods and bio-waste should stay out of your cart and taken elsewhere (see list of locations below). If these materials have been placed in your cart, we will leave you a note asking you to remove them and refrain from placing these materials in your cart again.
Recyclables: visit the City’s website for list of recyclable items and deposit locations, including the City Recycle Depot (1101 North Railway Street East) or SARCAN (995 Cheadle Street West).
Hazardous Waste and Dangerous Goods: these include flammable, corrosive, toxic or explosive materials can be taken to the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Day, which is typically a Saturday in September or October. Visit swiftcurrent.ca for date, location and times.
Heavy Materials: including bricks, dirt and concrete can be taken to the City’s Landfill.
Metals: these materials can typically be recycled or sold to companies.
Bio-Waste: this includes animal carcasses or human waste that can be taken to the City’s Landfill.
Pressure Tanks or Aerosol: materials like propane tanks and aerosol cans can explode under the pressure and compaction of a collection truck. Propane tanks can be taken to most hardware stores for disposal. Aerosol cans can be disposed of at Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Finally, do not put hot coals, ashes or sharp metal objects in your cart – these will melt and/or slice the plastic.
What if I have more garbage than can fit in my cart?
Your 95 gallon cart holds about the same amount of garbage as three full-size aluminum garbage cans. If you have more garbage than your cart can hold, consider taking it directly to the Landfill or storing it in a secure location until your cart is emptied. Extra bags left beside your cart will not be collected.
What if I don’t have garbage to collect?
If you wish to skip a week’s collection, for any reason, do not put out your cart. Put out your cart on your scheduled collection day when you are ready to have it picked up and emptied.
What if I can’t roll out my cart for collection?
Your cart is sturdy, lightweight and easy to roll, making it safe for you to transport garbage for collection. If you have difficulty moving your cart, ask a neighbor, friend or family member to roll it out for you.
What if I’m going to be away when my cart is collected?
Ask a neighbor, friend or family member to roll it out and back into your yard for you.
What should I do if someone has dumped or gone through my cart?
You can avoid cart damage, vandalism or tampering by returning your cart to your yard after your garbage has been collected.
What happens if my cart gets damaged or vandalized?
You can avoid cart damage, vandalism or tampering by returning your cart to your yard after your garbage has been collected. If damage or vandalism does occur, call the City at 306-778-1625 or email email@example.com and we will arrange for repair or replacement.
If I move into a newly built home, how do I get a garbage cart?
When you apply for utility connection at City Hall, you will be assigned a garbage cart. Your cart will arrive within 7 days of your water meter being installed.
What do I do with my old garbage can?
Repurpose your old garbage can. Keep and use it for storage of other household materials and recyclables. If it is no longer usable, and made of aluminum, take it to Diamond Steel or Swift Current Steel to get recycled. If it is no longer usable, and is made of #2 plastic (check the bottom), take it to the Swift Current Recycle Depot to get recycled.
What do I do with my extra bags of yard waste?
You can bag and deposit your yard waste in a seasonal neighborhood collection bin located near you (there will be one placed in each collection zone). Tree branches over 3 feet long must be taken to the Landfill and deposited in the clean wood pile. There is no charge if your load is under 500 kg.
Are you introducing blue recycling carts or green compost carts next?
There are no immediate plans to introduce recycling carts or yard waste carts in Swift Current.
How will the City monitor garbage collection with these carts?
Your garbage cart will have a serial number linked to the home address, helping us track every pick-up and avoid missed collections. We encourage you to write your house number on your cart, or copy the serial number down, in case your cart gets mixed up with others.
Do I have to bag the material I put in my cart?
To keep your cart clean and working properly, we suggest putting your garbage in bags and tying them up before placing them in your cart. Bagging all garbage will also help keep loose materials from blowing down the street or alley or into your neighbor’s yard when it is being dumped into the truck. We also suggest giving your cart a good rinsing, cleaning and/or disinfecting at least once a year.
My normal pick up falls on a statutory holiday. Do I still put out my cart?
Collection of your garbage will occur every week, year round, including 6 statutory holidays, except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday. For these exceptions, contact the City or visit swiftcurrent.ca for alternate days to put out your cart.
What should I do with my garbage stand?
You will no longer require your garbage stand. You can dismantle and dispose of it in an appropriate manner.