Guidelines for Safe and Easy Garbage Handling

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Published 19th July 2018, 9:26am

To help facilitate the garbage collection process the Department of Environmental Health is seeking public assistance to help ensure that garbage is packed in a manner that is safe and efficient for both private individuals and its collectors to handle.
As such it recommends the following guidelines:
  • All residents must avoid placing sharp or broken objects (e.g. glass, syringes, garden waste) in residential waste containers. Additionally, residential garbage containers should also not weigh more than 40 pounds when full. To prevent injury to themselves, residents are further advised to ensure that any bags that they may be carrying to an outdoor container are always at a manageable weight.
  • Furthermore for public health reasons special arrangements must be made with the either the DEH or a reputable garbage hauler for the removal of deceased animals.
  • Finally to facilitate ease of handling the Department suggests that residents flatten cardboard boxes prior to their disposal in order to efficiently utilise space. It also notes that cardboard can be recycled.
To make arrangements for services such as the removal of derelict vehicles, or to report any issues, individuals may contact the DEH at 949-6696 or 949-8793. They may also send an email to, visit the DEH’s website at, or message its Facebook page at