COVID-19 Impacts on Waste Management ServicesChanges at Waste Disposal (landfill) sites

All sites are open regular SUMMER season hours.

  • Until further notice, the Township will not be accepting the following materials at ANY landfill site;
    • No construction materials, concrete of shingle
    • No scrap metal
    • No bulky items (anything that doesn’t fit in a standard size garbage can is considered a bulky item)
    • No mattresses
    • No furniture
    • No appliances (Fridges, stoves, freezers, etc.)
    • No electronics
    • No batteries or fluorescent bulbs
    • No brush, no leaves, no yard waste
    • No boats
  • Only up to 1 cubic yard per vehicle of household waste and blue box recycling will be accepted
  • Re-use centres at Maple, Dorset and Oxtongue will be closed
  • Please ensure you check the latest information prior to attending a landfill site.
  • Cottage kits are not available for sale at this time.

The Lions Bottle Depot will be suspending collection of deposit return containers (beer, wine, etc.) unti further notice.  Please store these materials until such time as collection can resume, bring to a return centre that is accepting materials (Bracebridge is closest location), or place them in the appropriate recycling bin.

The public can be assured that essential services will be retained as best as possible. 

We encourage you to limit your visits to waste disposal sites as much as possible, once a week or every other week. 
When attending waste sites, please adhere to the following:

  • Do not bring passengers to waste sites unless you need physical assistance unloading your vehicle or have no other arrangements made for watching a dependant (child, elderly, etc.).  Passengers should stay in your vehicle.
  • Do not cross any physical barriers put in place at each site.
  • Do not approach attendants for assistance unless you are in physical distress.
  • Do not enter the site attendant’s shelter or bring food or beverages for the site attendants.
  • Do not exit your vehicle with the exception of unloading your vehicle at the household waste bin and recycling bins.
  • All communication with site staff shall be completed through the window of your vehicle, and shall be limited to discussions regarding the disposal of your waste.
  • When you have exited your vehicle, ensure that you are practicing social/physical distancing with a minimum of 2m (6 feet) between yourself and other site users.

Any person verbally harassing or abusing site staff and/or failing to comply with the above requirements or regular waste facility rules/regulations will be suspended from attending the site.

Information in the Waste Wizard has been updated, and will continue to be updated as materials accepted and/or disposal site hours change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can sign up to receive notifications via e-mail, text message or phone call through the Waste Wizard by clicking on the "Waste Event Calendar" and "Get a Reminder".  Through this service you will only receive notices in regard to Waste Management activities (not notices about most other things happening in the Township).

Hazardous Waste Collection Event Changes

Household Hazardous Waste Collection event at the Maple Lake Landfill has been postponed until Saturday June 6th 1pm-5pm. 
Events are tentatively scheduled for:

Saturday June 6 1pm - 5pm - Maple Lake Landfill 
Saturday June 20 1pm-5pm - Dorset Transfer Station
Saturday Aug 8 1pm-5pm - Oxtongue Lake Landfill
Saturday Sept 5 1pm - 5pm - Dorset Transfer Station
Saturday Oct 10 1pm - 5pm - Maple Lake Landfill

No Hazardous wastes are execpted at any landfill site except for during hazardous waste collection events.
You will not be permitted to exit your vehicle to drop off materials for the hazardous waste event - please place your materials in your vehicle such that they may easily be accessed by staff.

FAQs about Temporary Reductions to Materials Accepted at Waste Sites

1. What is happening?

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, we have reduced all non-essential waste disposal operations at our waste sites in order to limit the contact between site staff and members of the public. This means that the only thing that will be accepted is household waste and household recycling.  We will not be accepting bulk quantities of waste (i.e. over 1 cubic yard), construction/demolition materials, shingles, concrete, scrap metal, appliances, tires, electronics, furniture, mattresses or any other non-household waste.

2. How do these changes impact contractors?

If you are working on projects that involve demolition or creation of loose waste that you would normally bring to a waste site, those materials will not be accepted at this time.  These restrictions are temporary but unfortunately we don't know for how long.

3. If I have a current landfill/tipping fee charge account, can I dump materials?

Yes, but you must call the Township office and make an appointment to bring any materials other than household waste and recycling to the landfill.  Call 705-489-2379 during business hours 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  If you do not schedule an appointment, you cannot dump and you will be turned away, no exceptions.

4. What are my alternative options for disposal?

  • If possible, save any waste for disposal at your home or job site until the service reductions have been lifted.
  • Arrange for bin service through a private waste hauler. They may have alternative disposal options.
  • Self-haul to a private facility.

5. How long will these changes be in place?

It is not known at this time. The Township will monitor the COVID-19 situation and will resume regular operations as soon as safely possible.

6. Why is the Township reducing waste services?

We have reduced our waste services to achieve a few objectives:

  1. Eliminate cash handling and receipting activities.  Site attendants do not have access to water and soap to wash their hands throughout the day, so disease transmitted on money and receipts can pose a serious risk of infection to the staff and then to subsequent patrons.
  2. Protect our vulnerable population.  Our sites serve a lot of people every day, many of whom are seniors and people with autoimmune deficiencies. This means the chances of disease transmission from staff to a vulnerable person are high.
  3. Reduce interactions.  The Township wants to reduce the number of people site staff are exposed to each day to reduce their risk of infection. Eliminating non-essential site visits is an effective way to do this.

7. How do I get an exemption from these restrictions?

There will not be any exemptions made. While we recognize this is an inconvenience, just remember that this is for the health, safety and wellbeing of our entire community.

8.  Are there any special considerations needed if i've been in self-isolation and now need to bring waste to a landfill site?

Please take all the recommended precautions recommended by health authorities and eliminate any contact with other site users and site staff.  All your waste should be contained in a clear plastic bag and securely closed.  As always, no "sharps" (i.e needles) are accepted.  All regular restrictions on waste disposal apply.

9. How do I file a complaint? 

Please send an email to info@algonquinhighlands.ca to the attention of the Operations Manager outlining the grounds for your complaint and your proposed solution.

10. Exactly what can I dispose of?

Item
Yes / No

Household garbage up to 1 cubic yard

Yes

Blue Box Recycling – Containers & Fibre

Yes

Construction/Demolition material

No

Shingles

No

Appliances

No

Furniture & Mattresses

No

Concrete

No

Bulky items
  (i.e. anything that doesn’t fit in a standard size garbage can)

No

Scrap Metal

No

Tires

No

Electronics

No

Batteries

No

Fluorescent light bulbs

No

Empty automotive oil containers

No

Propane tanks and cylinders

No

Brush

No

Leaf and Yard waste

No

Contaminated soil

No

Boats

No

Unrecyclable plastics

No

Items for re-use centre

No

Household hazardous waste (paint, fuel, oil, etc.)

No