Until this month, residents had been asked by the District to have their garbage and recycling at the curb by 8 a.m. That timing will shift an hour earlier starting on Monday, May 31.
At the end of this month, waste collection crews will begin their rounds at 7 a.m. due to an increase in the amount of garbage and recycling being left at curbside each week, which has increased the time needed for them to complete their routes, noted the District in a media release.
“It is less busy in the early morning and drivers won’t need to compete with traffic and parked cars in our urban areas,” said District staff. “An early start will also help on hot weather days—our drivers collect garbage manually and it’s cooler in the morning to get a head start on their day.”
The District encourages residents to download the free Muskoka Recycles app (on Google Play or the App Store) to receive live updates on collection delays and interruptions. The waste management customer service department continues to be available at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-645-6764.
“We apologize for the continued waste collection delays and impacts some communities are experiencing,” added staff. “Our collection contractor, Waste Connections of Canada, continues to have labour challenges ultimately impacting the number of drivers and trucks on the road each day.”
Residents may see a different collection vehicle picking up recyclables or materials may go into one divided truck. From there, the material is taken to other locations for additional sorting.
If your waste was not collected, visit muskokarecycles.ca to learn when crews are returning to your neighbourhood or download the Muskoka Recycles mobile app.
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