|Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection - NEXT - Saturday, May 6, 2017
Leaf and Yard Waste Collection (Urban Area Households)
- Saturday, April 22nd - 8:00am
- Saturday, May 6th - 8:00am
Leaf and Yard Waste Collection is available to Urban area households in the Green Bin service area.
Residential Leaf and Yard Waste can always
Acceptable containers for Leaf and Yard Waste:
✓Paper Yard Waste Bags
✓Open-Top Containers that can be dumped
x NO Plastic Bags
x NO Compostable Bags
Bundled twigs are acceptable, they must not exceed 2 inches in diameter and be no longer than 3 feet.
|Weekly Garbage Collection Resumes the Week of May 1, 2017
Weekly garbage collection resumes the week of May 1, 2017.
Beginning the week of May 1st, collection will resume on private and seasonally maintained roads, should they be accessible and deemed travellable.
To confirm your curbside limits , visit the Curbside Collection Information page.
|Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Event Schedule - 2017
The Household Hazardous Waste Event Schedule is now available for 2017.
Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste differs from how you dispose of normal household garbage. This material is dangerous, and must be handled and disposed of carefully.
The process is simple; check the Household Hazardous Waste Event Schedule to determine a convenient event date and location. Load the acceptable materials into your vehicle. Do not mix any materials. Keep them in their original containers if possible, so we're aware of what the contents are.
When you get to the Event, you will be asked which Municipality you live in (residents are welcome to travel to any Event location that is convenient within Muskoka).
Please note, this Event Schedule applies to residentially sourced materials only, material is managed and disposed of at no charge to the resident.
|Waste Management Guides (2017 and 2018)
|Coming Soon - Electronic Waste Management Guides will be available on the website for downloading!
Due to the expiry of the current Curbside Collection contract, the physical (paper version) of the Waste Management Guide is on hiatus until further details are released.
Residents are encouraged to refer to their current Waste Management Guides for program related information (ie. what goes in the blue box, etc.) until further notice.
|Beiers Road Landfill - Transfer Station Operations
As of March 17, 2017, the Beiers Road Landfill has converted to Transfer Station operations.
These changes mostly affect commercial contractors and those residents who require disposal of boats or large volumes of material over 10 cubic yards.
Material loads 10 cubic yards or more are to be delivered to the Rosewarne West Landfill in Bracebridge.
For more information, please contact Muskoka Public Works at 705-645-6764 or email email@example.com
The District of Muskoka 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 the 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 current Waste Management Guides.
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. Muskoka is on a bag limit, please ensure you are only setting out your allocated limit.
- Every Other Week Garbage Pick-Up: October 31, 2016 - April 28, 2017
- Weekly Pick-Up: May 1, 2017 - October 27, 2017
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.
Sorted recycling is collected every week, year-round from eligible households.
Muskoka has a two-stream recycling program and recycling must be sorted to ensure collection.
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.
This includes grocery bags, clear plastic wrap, clear newspaper bags and bubble wrap, etc.
Green Bins are collected weekly, year-round from households in theurbanareas of each town. To confirm if your household is in the Green Bin collection area, please see Muskoka's 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 (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 2017 Household Hazardous Waste 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 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.
2017 (Spring) Leaf and Yard Waste Collection
- Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:00a.m.
- Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
Bulky and large items are not collected at the curb. Please 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. Fees may apply.