Container Limits
Residential waste: limit of three bags or three containers not exceeding a maximum weight of 22kg(48Ibs). All garbage must be securely bagged. Additional bags must have a bag tag.

Bag Tags
Refer to our Bag Tag page for a detailed list of places where bag tags can be purchased. Containers must not weigh more than 22 kilograms (48Ibs).

Large Items

Large items will be picked up during the first full week of each month on your collection day.
Large Items Include:
– Furniture such as chairs, couches, tables, etc.
– Air Conditioners – purged & tagged by a refrigeration company
– Stoves
– Refrigeration & freezers must be purged of Freon, have doors removed, and tagged by a refrigeration company
– Barbecues * no propane tanks
– Mattresses
– Carpet must be rolled and tied, up to 4 feet in length

Unacceptable Large Items

Cardboard boxes used as garbage containers, commercial/industrial-sized items, auto parts, construction materials such as toilets, sinks, vanities, windows, drywall, lumber, ceramic tile, broken concrete, asphalt, doors, etc are not collected.

Electronic Waste
TVs, microwaves, and small kitchen appliances are not collected. For more information, visit

Household Hazardous Waste

Visit or phone The County of Lambton at 519-845-0801 for more information and alternative locations for disposing of household hazardous waste.

When to Set Garbage Out
Garbage must be at the boulevard (grass part of property behind curb) no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the day prior to your collection day or before 7:00 a.m. on collection day. Placing garbage to the boulevard prior to collection day and placing it on the road or gutter contravenes the Waste Collection By-law. Garbage set out to the boulevard whether in a bag or container cannot exceed 22 kgs.

To request assistance and flexibility for residents with medical conditions demonstrating a need for accommodation, please submit an application form to the Public Works Department. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 519-344-1932.

Sarnia’s Waste Collection By-Law
If your waste is set out prior to the designated day or placed on the road or gutter it contravenes Sarnia’s Waste Collection By-Law 62 of 2006. Contraventions of this By-Law can result in fines set by the court.