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

Blue Box Recycling

In Algonquin Highlands, blue box recycling is mandatory. Our program is separated into two streams: fibres and containers. Recycling Depots are located at each of the Township waste management (landfill) sites. Consult the Algonquin Highlands Recycling Guide for list of what is and is not recyclable.


Is your house overflowing with broken or unwanted waste electronics? Algonquin Highlands residents can drop off the following unwanted e-waste FREE OF CHARGE at the Maple Lake, Dorset or Oxtongue Lake Landfill sites for recycling:

►amplifiers  ►audio and video players  ►cameras  ►cell phones  
►computers  ►computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, etc.) ►copiers  
►fax machines  ►monitors  ►pagers and PDAs  ►printers  ►radios
►receivers  ►scanners  ►speakers  ►telephones and answering machines  
►tuners  ►turntables ►TVs  ►video projectors

For additional e-waste collection questions please visit the Ontario Electronic Stewardship website:

Since starting the program in August 2009, the Township of Algonquin Highlands has diverted more than 175 tonnes of e-waste from our landfill sites.  Well done Algonquin Highlands!!

Appliances & Scrap Metal

Metal recycling is mandatory in Algonquin Highlands. Help us keep it out of the landfill by sorting your materials. Scrap metal is accepted at the Maple Lake and Oxtongue Lake Landfill sites and the Dorset Transfer Station.


The Township is a registered collector with the Ontario Tire Stewardship. Residents can now bring used tires – free of charge – to the Maple Lake or Oxtongue Landfill sites, and be assured that they will be diverted from the landfill and recycled into new products.  Tires can be on or off rim, but must not be contaminated with wood, metal, concrete, earth, etc., to be brought in for free.  Tires that are contaminted with other materials will be charged a $20 tipping fee per tire.

ReUse Options

Give your unwanted stuff a second life! The Maple Lake and Oxtongue Lake Landfill sites and the Dorset Transfer Station have ReUse Buildings where you can leave (and take) unwanted but still useful items. Please help us keep the Reuse Buildings clean and tidy, and please don’t leave broken items. We also encourage you to donate used clothing and household items to local charity, or look for the Diabetes Canada “Clothesline” bin at the Stanhope Firefighters’ Community Centre, 1095 North Shore Road.

Backyard Composting in Bear Country

Did you know that by composting kitchen scraps and yard debris, you can reduce your waste output by 20 percent or more?! Backyard composting is simple to do and in return you get a high quality soil conditioner for your garden. Fewer trips to the landfill and a happier, healthier garden – you can’t lose!

Composting in bear country does require some extra care and attention, though. Bears find food with their noses. The key to not attracting bears to your backyard compost bin is to eliminate the odours that attract them.

  • Do not add cooked or left-over food scraps to your bin.
  • Never compost meat, fish, oil, grease, or dairy products.
  • Sprinkle your compost with lime to aid in decomposition and reduce odour.
  • Each time you add kitchen waste, cover it with brown materials (dry leaves, sawdust, newspaper or dried grass clippings) or soil.
  • Keep compost aerated and properly turned. Add branches, if necessary, to get air underneath the pile.

Locate the compost bin in an open area, well away from the forest edge, thickets and natural pathways used by bears.

Better yet, try vermicomposting – an indoor compost system that uses worms to digest the organic material. No more tromping through the snow!

Contact Information

Melissa Murray
Environmental Coordinator
Phone: 705-489-2379 Extension 332


Recycling Guide