The Public Works Division, Operations Building 495 – 11th Street N.W.
Telephone: 204-239-8346   Fax: 204-857-7275
The Public Works Division is responsible for maintaining the City’s roads, sidewalks, traffic and directional signs, decorative lighting, compost site, tree burn site, urban forest, heavy equipment, light duty vehicles, Fire Department trucks, Parks maintenance equipment, and Crescent Lake; as well as the land drainage, water distribution and wastewater collection systems.  The Division also provides collection services for solid waste, recyclable material, yard waste and household hazardous waste.

City streets are swept an average of every three weeks on the day following solid waste collection.  Routine snow clearing takes place on the day after garbage collection when snow accumulation has met set standards.   The work shall only be carried out if the accumulated snow pack is in excess of 6 centimetres or there are dangerous conditions present due to snow ridges around parked vehicles or ice conditions are present at intersections.  By-Law No.01-8105 states: “no person shall park a vehicle on any portion of a street on the business day following residential garbage collection; or, upon the City providing 24 hours notice by way of “No Parking” signs, until the snow removal equipment has completed the work on the street.   Parking in violation of the By-law is subject to a fine.  After a major storm event, with more than 10 cm of snowfall, or when more than 10 cm of snow accumulates, the City snow clearing efforts shall be done on a priority basis within 48 hours of the conclusion of the storm event.  A map of priority streets for snow removal can be found here.For storm related snow clearing on weekends and holidays, the City crews shall only be mobilized provided the total snowfall accumulation exceeds 20 centimetres.   If the storm event was less than 20 cm of snowfall, the remaining streets and avenues in the City will be completed within the routine maintenance snow-clearing schedule.  If the storm event was greater than 20 cm of precipitation, the remaining streets and avenues shall be completed within 96 hours of the start of the snow clearing operation.Parking lots that are the responsibility of the City to maintain shall be cleared within 36 hours of the start of the snow clearing operation.  Snow shall be hauled from the parking lots as time permits and after the other activities have been completed.Our city crews work as fast as possible to remove snow from the streets, but unfortunately, parked cars can get in our way.  If we have to tow some cars to make winter driving safe for everyone, we will, but we would rather not.  So please, to avoid having your car towed, you should not park on the street during snow clearing operations.

Solid Waste: The City of Portage la Prairie operates a 5-day solid waste collection cycle.  Schedules may be obtained at City Hall, or by telephoning the Operations Department at 239-8346.  You may also view the garbage collection schedule on-line by clicking here.  Garbage collection is on the front street year round.  It is advised that you put your garbage out prior to 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.  There is a two bag/can limit on the amount of solid waste that will be picked up from the curb each collection day. Anything over than amount must have a Solid Waste Collection Tag affixed. These tags can be purchased from all corner stores (except 7-11), all grocery stores, MCC, City Hall and the Operations Department.

Recycling: For information on recycling, please click the following links,, or View the Recycling & Waste Reduction Guide to learn more about the City of Portage la Prairie’s recycling program.  The City of Portage has partnered with Recycle Everywhere to provide convenient recycling bins in the community for away-from-home beverage container recycling.  For more information, please see  You can view the City of Portage la Prairie Solid Waste By-law No. 04-8244 here

Residents may deliver waste to the Portage la Prairie Regional Landfill site located 12 km north of the City on PR 240 and 15 km east on PR 227.Tipping Fees of $41.00 per metric tonne apply to all City Residents and all Commercial Users within the RM of Portage.  Tipping Fees for all users outside the Rural Municipality are $56.50 per metric tonne. Effective January 1, 2010, a $10 per metric tonne Waste Reduction and Recycling Support Levy has applied to most waste deposited in the landfill. .Click here for more information & hours of operation.

In the Event of a major snow storm, the Mayor may authorize a City wide parking ban to allow the streets to be cleaned.  This ban would be in effect from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and would last until all city streets have been cleared.  Parking would not be allowed on any city street during this time.  Several signs around the City display the status of the ban.  You may also call 204-857-PARK for information regarding the ban.

For information on how to avoid basement flooding due to sewer back-ups, groundwater infiltration, or overland seepage – click here.

If you experience sewer blockage problems at your home, please call a plumber of your choice.  The City will pay the plumber’s costs if the blockage is in the main line, or if it is in the sewer service line and caused by tree roots from a City boulevard tree.  If the problem is caused by roots from a City tree, a sample of the roots must accompany any claims. You can view the Water Works By-law No. 86-6748 here.

The Tree Disposal Site is located behind the Water Pollution Control Facility, east of River Road (PR 240), where only trees and tree trimmings may be disposed of. The site is open 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, 7 days per week.  The tree disposal site is for use by City of Portage la Prairie residents only and not for commercial use. Only tree trimmings less than 2 meters long will be accepted.  Disposal of garbage, metal, septic tank effluent and waste oil are strictly prohibited.

The City of Portage la Prairie operates a compost site at the corner of 4th Avenue N.W. and 15th Street N.W.  The site accepts all organic yard and garden waste (no tree trimmings, no animal waste).  The site is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  Dispose of plastic bags in the containers provided.  Finished compost is available for use annually.