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Waste Disposal Services have been impacted by COVID-19
Details available HERE

Please utilize the WASTE WIZARD to assist you in finding the most current informaton on what is accepted where, fees, and site operating hours.

Help keep hazardous stuff out of the landfill - the lakes will thank you.

Every year Canadian families buy 40 to 50 different kinds of flammable, corrosive, and toxic cleaners, pesticides, paints and other products. Thrown in the garbage or dumped down the drain, these materials can poison our lakes, rivers and groundwater supplies.

Bring it in for safe disposal.  Every drop counts.  

Algonquin Highlands hosts five Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) events each year, between the May long weekend and Thanksgiving. With the exception of the Big Red items listed below, household hazardous waste materials can only be disposed of at HHW events.  There is no charge for household hazardous waste brought to an HHW event.

2021 Household Hazardous Waste Events:

Saturday, May 22, 2021* Maple Lake Landfill 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturday, June 26, 2021* Dorset Transfer Station  1:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturday, August 7, 2021* Oxtongue Lake Landfill 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021* Dorset Transfer Station 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturday, October 9, 2021* Maple Lake Landfill 1:00 - 4:30 pm

* All dates and times subject to change.  Notification of changes will be posted to this webpage, through the Township "News and Notices" and via the Waste Wizard (sign up for reminders under the Waste Event Calendar tab).

Materials accepted at HHW events include:

► automotive batteries ► paints and stains ► finishing products (varnish, glue, etc.) ► propane cylinders & canisters ► antifreeze & containers ► used motor oil and oil filters ► cleaners (e.g. bleach, oven cleaner) ► solvents (e.g. Varsol, paint thinner, etc.) ► pesticides, fungicides, herbicides ► fertilizers ► pool and hot tub chemicals ► corrosive materials ► flammable materials ► toxic materials ► reactive materials.

IMPORTANT:  Containers you bring with HHW will not be returned to you (e.g. if you bring a gas can full of gas you cannot empty out the gas and take the container home).  Be sure all containers are labeled and sealed.

Events are held in partnership with OrangeDrop, an industry-funded recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials out of Ontario’s landfills and waterways.  The Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return designated materials to local Municipal HHW Depots, retail sites and collection events across Ontario. Visit the Orange Drop website.

Big Red Bin

The following items may also be deposited year-round in the BIG RED bin at any Algonquin Highlands landfill site:

  • Household batteries - single-use/disposable and rechargeable
  • CFL light bulbs (note: regular incandescent bulbs and LED bulbs can go in regular garbage)
  • Empty plastic automotive fluid containers
  • Empty aerosol cans

Fluorescent and UV light tubes and propane tanks – BBQ size and single-use/disposable cylinders – can also be brought to the Maple Lake, Dorset or Oxtongue Lake Landfill sites at any time. Ask your Attendant where to place them.  There is a fee to dispose of Fluorescent tubes and UV bulbs.

Please DO NOT leave paints, stains or any other liquid hazardous waste at any Algonquin Highlands waste disposal site, as the Township is not permitted to accept or store them except during an HHW event. Several home building stores offer paint recycling programs. This is a great way to dispose of your leftover paint during the winter months, between hazardous waste events. Call the store before you go to make sure they offer such a program and if they have any restrictions.

Medication and Sharps Return Program

The Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) offers a safe and easy way to dispose of medications we all have in our homes. OMRP covers all prescription drugs, medications such as over-the-counter medications, including topical antibiotic and antifungal creams, inhalers, and patches and natural health products that are orally ingested, such as vitamins and minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, herbal products, probiotics, amino acids, homeopathic medicines and the like are also included.  The purpose of the OMRP is to recover drugs that are expired or no longer needed and prevent them from being disposed of in the garbage or poured down the drain.  Just take the medications in their original containers (plastic bottles or blister packs, but not outer packaging), remove any personal identification, such as your name, and stop by a participating pharmacy in your community.  Not sure where to go?  Visit for the pharmacy nearest you.

Image of Sharps including syringes, lancet, epipen, needleSharps, including infusion sets, lancets, safety lancets, needles, pen, pen needles, safety pens, prefilled cartridges, prefilled syringes and syringes, must not be disposed of in regular garbage.  Local pharmacies can provide you with a free secure sharps container to allow for safe collection of your sharps.  These containers can then be returned to the pharmacy for safe disposal.  Not sure where to go?  Visit for the pharmacy nearest you.

Contact Information

Melissa Murray
Environmental Coordinator
Phone: 705-489-2379 Ext. 332


Medication Return Program Flyer
Sharps Return Program Flyer