| Canada Day - July 1, 2016 Collection Schedule|
|Friday, July 1, 2016 NO CHANGES in curbside collection. Landfill and transfer stations will observe their regular Friday operating hours.|
|NEW Waste Management Guides now available! (May, 2016 - May, 2017)|
|Click here to access Muskoka's 2016/2017 Waste Management Guides. |
|Weekly Curbside Collection Begins May 2, 2016|
|Weekly collection commences Monday, May 2, 2016. |
Seasonal, private and cottage road travel also resumes, as road conditions permit.
|Household Hazardous Waste Schedule - 2016-2017|
|The District of Muskoka has released the Household Hazardous Waste Event Schedule for the remainder of 2016 and dates into 2017. Keep this schedule handy for when and where residential Household Hazardous Waste is accepted at no charge. |
The District is responsible for providing waste management services to the six Area Municipalities that make up Muskoka. We also manage Muskoka's landfill and transfer stations.
Progressive Waste Solutions is our current curbside collection contractor.
We have a variety of services and programs to help you dispose of waste the right way. You can find information under the headings below and in our 2015-2016 Waste Management Guide.
Wondering where something goes? Ask the Waste Wizard!
Having trouble finding the answer to your questions? Call 705-645-6764 or 1-800-281-3483 or send us an email.
Household bagged garbage is collected at the curb every week from eligible households in the summer and every other week in the winter.
- Every Other Week Garbage Pick-Up: November 2, 2015 - April 29, 2016
- Weekly Pick-Up: May 2, 2016 - October 28, 2016
Please visit our Curbside Collection Information page for more information on your collection day, curbside limits, how to set material at the curb and to download helpful resources
Recycling is collected every week, year-round from eligible households.
We have a two-stream recycling program, paper products need to be in a different box or clear bag than your containers.
Please put these items in a blue box or clear/transparent bag.
|Newspaper and Junk Mail |
Newspapers, junk mail, inserts and flyers.
| Magazines, Catalogues, and Telephone Books |
|Magazines, catalogues, telephone books, paperback books and hardcover books. You do not need to remove the covers from your books.|
|Place shredded paper in a clear or transparent bag. Do not put loose shredded paper in your blue box as the material will blow out of the box, creating litter.|
|Boxboard and Mixed Paper |
Cereal, pasta, cookie, laundry detergent, tissue and shoe boxes. Pet food bags, sugar and flour bags, brown paper bags, toilet/paper towel tubes. Office paper, envelopes, egg cartons, gift cards, gift wrap, paper coffee cups, etc. Flatten boxes to create more room for more.
|Polycoat Beverage Cartons and Tetra Paks|
|Includes milk cartons, juice cartons, creamer cartons, juice boxes, broth cartons, soup cartons, etc. Rinse of any remaining liquids.|
Cardboard boxes, shipping or moving boxes must be broken down to a size suitable for the slot in the truck. Break down cardboard boxes and flatten into bundles not exceeding 32" x 32" x 8" (80 cm x 80 cm x 20 cm). Bundles of cardboard must be tied together and not weigh more than 20 kg.
Old t-shirts, socks, towels, etc. Remove buttons and zippers and ensure only fabric is included. Secure in a clear or transparent bag, and tie a piece of fabric to the top of the bag.
Please put these items in a blue box or clear/transparent bag. It is important to rinse food waste from your recyclables. This will prevent animals from ripping it apart and will reduce any smells.
|Plastic Clamshells, Trays and Cups |
This includes clear plastic containers, trays, clamshells (strawberry containers), cups, plastic (fruit) baskets, etc. Please rinse any food waste.
This includes loose sheets, aluminum trays and aluminum pie plates. Flatten plates and trays. Please rinse any food waste.
|Plastic Tubs and Lids|
This includes margarine, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, spreads and dips. Please rinse any food waste. TIP: Keep the lids on!
|Food and Beverage Cans|
This includes pop and juice cans, vegetable cans, fruit cans, etc. All food and beverage aluminum and steel cans are acceptable, including frozen juice cans. Please rinse any food waste.
| Plastic and Jugs |
This includes pop, water, sport drink bottles, lotion, shampoo, laundry detergent, fabric softener and squeeze bottles. Please rinse any liquids.
|Empty Aerosol and Paint Cans|
|Empty aerosol spray cans: deodorizers, cooking spray, shaving cream, etc. All cans must be empty.|
|Glass Bottles and Jars|
This includes all colours of glass bottles and jars are accepted (i.e. condiment bottles and jars, dressings, sauces, etc.) No ceramics, window glass or broken glass. Please rinse any food waste.
|Plastic Film |
This includes grocery bags, clear plastic wrap, clear newspaper bags and bubble wrap, etc.
Green Bin Composting
Green Bins are collected weekly, year-round from households in the urban areas of each town. To check if your household is in the Green Bin collection area, please see Muskoka's 2015-2016 Waste Management Guide.
Acceptable Material in the Green Bin
- Baking ingredients, herbs, and spices
- Bread, cereals, crackers, and grains
- Candy and gum
- Chips, popcorn, and nuts
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Cookies, cakes, muffins, and pastries
- Dairy products (cheese, sour cream, etc.)
- Eggs and egg shells
- Fruits and vegetables
- Jams and jellies
- Leftover cooking oils, lard, shortening, fat, butter, and margarine
- Meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, bones, and scraps (no raw meat)
- Nuts and shells
- Pasta, beans, rice, and couscous
- Peanut butter
- Pet food
- Pits (all types)
- Salad dressing, mayonnaise, vinegar, sauces, marinades, dips, and gravy
- Tea and tea bags
- Branches, twigs, and hedge trimmings
- Plants and weeds
- Grass clippings
|Other Acceptable Items|
- Animal bedding (e.g. bird and hamster cages)
- Barbeque ashes
- Butcher's meat wrap
- Cold fireplace ash
- Cotton balls
- Dryer lint
- Floor sweepings, vacuum bags and vacuum contents
- Food-soiled paper towels, napkins and tissues
- Food-soiled pizza boxes only
- Household plants, including soil
- Microwave popcorn bags
- Paper coffee cups, plates and muffin wrappers
- Pet fur, hair and feathers
- Soiled paper, boxboard and cardboard
- Sugar, flour and potato paper bags
- Waxed paper, cardboard and cold drink cups
- Wooden popsicle sticks and toothpicks
- Plastic bags of any kind (compostable bags only)
- Plastics or metals (recycling)
- Diapers and sanitary products (garbage)
- Dog and cat feces (garbage)
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are products that we find in every home. In fact, the average home uses between 10-40 kg of hazardous products each year. You can deliver Household Hazardous Waste to any Depot Event listed in the 2015-2016 HHW Schedule.
Note: Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is not acceptable at the curb.
|Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste|
- Aerosol cans (full or partially full)
- Batteries - hearing aids
- Car battery
- Cleaning products
- Compact fluorescent light bulb
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (broken)
- Compressed gas cylinder
- Cooking oil, fat, grease (small amounts)
- Driveway sealer
- Drugs (unused prescription)
- Drywall compound
- Fire extinguisher
- Fluorescent light tubes
- Halogen Light Bulb
- Helium tank
- Ink cartridge (full or partially full)
- Lighter fluid
- Mercury thermometer/thermostat
- Motor oil
- Muriatic acid
- Nail polish / remover
- Needles and sharps
- Paint can (full or partially full)
- Perfume (full or partially full)
- Pool chemicals
- Propane tank
- Rubbing alcohol
- Solvents and thinners
- Spray paint (full or partially full)
Leaf and Yard Waste
Leaf and yard waste is collected on special dates and is available to urban area households that receive Green Bin service. If you live in the rural areas of Muskoka, you can deliver leaf and yard waste to any landfill or transfer station at no charge throughout the year.
Here are some helpful reminders about how to participate in leaf and yard waste collection.
2016 Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Dates
- Saturday April 23, 2016 - 8:00 a.m.
- Saturday May 7, 2016 - 8:00 a.m.
You can deliver large items (fridges, stoves and other appliances, furniture, mattresses, scrap metal and construction material) to your nearest or most convenient landfill or transfer station. They cannot be collected at the curb. Fees may apply.
Large Item Disposal Fees
By-law 98-59 governs the material we accept.
By-law 2015-68 governs our fees.