Green bin blitz to augment regular waste and green bin collection

The City will carry out a green bin blitz over the next few days in the neighbourhoods most affected by the storm to ensure organic waste is collected as soon as possible. Many who lost power will need to dispose of food that has spoiled.

Every area of Ottawa has been affected, however the City will focus on the hardest hit areas this week. City crews will provide enhanced collection of organics and residents with storm-related materials in the following wards are advised to set out their green bins for collection:

  • Ward 6 – Stittsville
  • Ward 9 – Knoxdale-Merivale
  • Ward 16 – River
  • Ward 19 – Cumberland

Priority for food waste will be given to most of Stittsville in Ward 6, all communities in Ward 9 that have lost power, the Riverside Park and Mooney’s Bay area in Ward 16 and the villages of Navan, Cumberland and Sarsfield in Ward 19.

Collection will take time, so if your green bin is not collected by day’s end, it is recommended to take it in and put it back out at the curb the following morning. Only organic materials are permitted and any non-organic materials, such as food packaging, should be disposed of separately.

The City will also continue with regular garbage and recycling collection, and residents can set out organic waste weekly in their green bin, according to the collection calendar.

Anticipating increased need for disposing of spoiled food, the City is also setting up several sites where residents will have ongoing access to organic waste dumpsters. While more bins will be available in the coming days, bins will be in place by end of day and ready for use on Tuesday, May 24 at the following locations:

  • Navan Memorial Centre at 1295 Colonial Road
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn at 1500 Shea Road
  • Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre at 3320 Paul Anka Drive
  • Howard Darwin Centennial Arena at 1765 Merivale Road 

The City’s landfill at the Trail Waste Facility (4475 Trail Road) is also offering extended hours to accommodate special collections and will waive tipping fees for residents with storm-related materials to support residents with their disposal needs.

City crews are also working to remove tree branches and yard waste, but it will take several weeks before the cleanup is finished. If such debris is small enough, residents should bring it to curb for collection, provided it does not impede the roadway or pedestrian access.

Stay off roads

All residents are advised to stay off roads unless absolutely necessary. Any damaged area must be avoided. Road closures and traffic impacts are expected due to fallen trees and debris on roadways. Please follow Ottawa Traffic on Twitter for latest updates.

Pool enclosures

Residents who have a damaged fence or wall around an outdoor pool or hot tub are reminded to ensure the pool or hot tub does not present a drowning hazard. Please take reasonable steps to secure the area. You can find more information under the City’s construction fencing by-law.

Emergency Reception Centres

The City has opened several Emergency Reception Centres where residents can access power and services. These centres will be open until 10 pm on Monday, May 23, reopening on Tuesday, May 24 from 10 am until 10 pm. Locations and hours are subject to change based on community needs. Please monitor the City’s social media channels for the latest information or visit the Severe Thunderstorm webpage on

The following facilities offer power for charging devices, showers, washrooms, food and Red Cross:

The following facilities offer power for charging devices, showers, and washrooms:

The following facility offers power for charging devices and washrooms:

To support residents on well water who have lost access to drinking water, bottled water is available at the following locations along with access to potable water to fill containers:

  • W. Erskine Johnston Arena, at 3832 Carp Road
  • Howard Darwin Centennial Arena, at 1765 Merivale Road
  • Navan Memorial Centre, at 1295 Colonial Road

To support residents on home oxygen therapy and who are not able to be serviced in time by their current provider, supplier will support residents with Medical Oxygen needs and device recharging at the following reception centres:

  • Howard Darwin Centennial Arena, at 1765 Merivale Road
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre, at 2263 Portobello Boulevard

Please bring equipment (oxygen concentrator or portable oxygen concentrator) and a copy of your prescription to ensure you know your oxygen delivery litre flow.

For hydro information, consult the Hydro Ottawa website or its Twitter accountFor updates on the City’s response, follow the City on Twitter and check for updates.