Garbage and Recycling

COVID-19 Notice

The Township of North Kawartha is taking actions to help protect the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Township website’s COVID-19 page to stay informed of additional closures/changes to Township services, amenities, and programs. Contact us at 705-656-4445, or by using the direct phone lines and email addresses found in our Contact Us directory.

As Garbage and Recycling Collection is deemed an essential service, the Anstruther and Haultain Transfer Stations schedules are not affected by the new regulations, and will maintain regular hours.

When exiting your vehicle at our Transfer Stations you are requested to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (six feet), to help protect the health of our Transfer Station attendants, as well as others.

Curbside Collection will also continue as per the normal schedule. To support physical distancing, residents are encouraged to use Curbside Collection.  

Thank you for your co-operation and patience.

The garbage/recycling program in North Kawartha consists of Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection, and 2 Transfer Stations.

Curbside Collection

Monday Garbage and Recycling Map

Thursday Garbage and Recycling Map

Pick Up Days By Road Name
  • Garbage and recycling is to be set out by 7 am the day of collection, and NOT before the day of collection.
  • Please do not put loose garbage in containers.
  • Residents on private roads must ensure that roads are passable. Passable conditions shall include snowplowing, sanding and/or salting.

Missed Garbage or Recycling Collection

  • If the Contractor (Waste Connections) misses picking up your garbage, please contact Waste Connections directly at 705-742-4268, or Gary Geraldi (Director of Parks and Recreation/Waste Management) at 705-656-3619 as soon as possible. Reporting without delay will ensure that any concerns are addressed as they occur, through the use of Waste Connections' very sophisticated GPS tracking system. You may also email Gary by clicking here. In your email please be sure to include your name, address and phone number.   
  • If the Contractor (Emterra) misses emptying your recycling blue box, please contact Emterra directly at 705-742-3139, or the County of Peterborough 705-775-2737 as soon as possible. Reporting without delay will ensure that any concerns are addressed as they occur, through the use of Emterra's very sophisticated GPS tracking system.
  • If your garbage or recycling is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, please place out at your next scheduled pick up.
  • If you missed your garbage or recycling collection, you may put a bag tag on the garbage bag and take it to the nearest transfer station, or put it out at your next collection day. Blue box recycling does not require bag tags. 

Holiday Schedules

The Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection will not be affected on any Statutory Holiday from Easter Monday to Thanksgiving Monday, inclusive. During these holidays, Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection will run as normal. The exception is Family Day. On Family Day of each year there WILL BE be Recycling Collection, but NO Curbside Garbage Collection. Garbage Collection will resume the following Monday, and residents can put out double the standard allowance.

North Kawartha's Curbside Collection Program

The Township of North Kawartha implemented a curbside garbage and recycling collection program in 2004. The Recycling Program for all eight Townships in Peterborough County, whether curbside or at the transfer stations, is administered by the County of Peterborough, in co-operation with the Township. The Township administers garbage collection, either at the curbside or in the transfer stations, and oversees servicing all roads within the Township for curbside collection. This includes Municipal, Private, and Fire Route Roads.

Garbage and Recycling is collected on the same day. Please refer to the detailed maps above, to confirm your collection date. In summary, all roads north of Long Lake Road will have both their garbage and recycling collected on Mondays. Long Lake Road and south, will have a Thursday collection day for both garbage and recycling.  

Recycling Contract Q&A 

The County of Peterborough entered into a new collection contract on November 1, 2019, with the company Emterra. Click on this link to find complete answers to questions about the change in the Company providing this service (recycling collection), as well as the impact this change will have for North Kawartha residents, and the residents of Peterborough County. If you're looking for a quick summary of FAQs regarding this change, click here.

Garbage Bag Tag Program

Bag Tag Program

Residential untagged household waste is subject to a fee of $1.00 per each standard size garbage bag measuring 76cm x 94cm (30” x 37”).

  • Residential establishments are allowed one (1) bag/container of household garbage, weekly, for free, as part of the Curbside Collection program.

    • Up to two (2) additional bags/containers can be picked up. However, each additional bag/container will require a bag tag issued by the Township of North Kawartha.

Commercial, untagged, household waste is subject to a fee of $1.50 per each standard size garbage bag measuring 76cm x 94cm (30” x 37”).

  • Commercial establishments are allowed two (2) bags/containers of household garbage, weekly, for free, as part of the Curbside Collection program..

    • Up to five (5) additional bags/containers can be picked up. However, each additional bag/container will require a bag tag issued by the Township of North Kawartha.
  • All containers are to be no larger than 68 litres (17 gallons) and no heavier than 18kg (40lbs).
  • If bags are to be used, they should be no larger than 76cm x 94cm (30" x 37").

Township of North Kawartha residents can also elect to use either of the  2 Transfer Stations, but must present their Waste Site Passes for each visit.

The Pass has a $40 value as there are "punch holes" for $20 worth of bag tags, and a free appliance with a refrigerant, which is $20. 

The punch holes on the Pass may be exchanged for bag tags to be used for additional bags of garbage with the Curbside Collection program or at the Transfer Stations. You may exchange the punch holes for bag tags, in person, at the Municipal Office, or at either Transfer Station.

Transfer Stations and Other Waste Facilities

Transfer Stations Daily/Weekly Calendar

Transfer Stations Hours Information Line: 705-656-4361

2020-21 Winter Schedule (downloadable)

Monday, September 14, 2020 up to and including Sunday, May 30, 2021
Open Holiday Mondays with Sunday hours
Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Family Day

2021 Summer Schedule (downloadable)

Monday, May 31, 2021 up to and including Sunday, September 12, 2021
Open Holiday Mondays with Sunday hours 

Anstruther - North Kawartha Transfer Station

Anstruther Winter Operating Hours

September 14, 2020 to May 30, 2021

  • Monday - Closed
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Friday from 9 am to 12 pm
  • Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm 

Anstruther Summer Operating Hours

May 31, 2021 to September 12, 2021

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm

The Anstruther Transfer Station is located at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON K0L 1A0; on the south side of Anstruther Lake Road, approximately 1km in from Highway 28. Anstruther Lake Road is approximately 1km south of Apsley, on the west side of Highway 28.

Click here for the Transfer Stations Daily/Weekly Calendar. The Transfer Stations Hours Information Line is 705-656-4361.

Detailed information regarding the Re-Use Depotrecycling, and the disposal of applianceselectronicshazardous wastetextilesleaf & yard wasteorganicsscrap metal, and tires can be found by clicking on the item you're interested in. 

Residential construction and demolition material is allowed, on a seasonal basis and for a fee, at the Anstruther Transfer Station. All fees are listed on our Tipping Fees page.

Note: Currently, we cannot accept Credit or Debit cards at the Transfer Stations. We can accept cash (exact change preferred) or cheques made payable to: The Township of North Kawartha. 

Please be prepared to show your Waste Site Pass whenever you enter the Transfer Stations.

As per By-law #40/04, depositing waste in front, behind, or near the gates leading into the waste sites is prohibited. It must be placed in its proper designated place.

Haultain - North Kawartha Transfer Station

Haultain Winter Operating Hours

September 14, 2020 to May 30, 2021

  • Monday - Closed
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm
  • Wednesday, Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

Haultain Summer Operating Hours

May 31, 2021 to September 12, 2021

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm

The Haultain Transfer Station is located at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0; on the east side of Highway 28, approximately 18km south of Apsley.

Click here for the Transfer Stations Daily/Weekly Calendar. The Transfer Stations Hours Information Line is 705-656-4361.

Detailed information regarding the Re-Use Depotrecycling, and the disposal of applianceselectronicshazardous wastetextilesleaf & yard wasteorganicsscrap metal, and tires can be found by clicking on the item you're interested in. 

Residential construction and demolition material is allowed, on a seasonal basis and for a fee, at the Anstruther Transfer Station. All fees are listed on our Tipping Fees page.

Note: Currently, we cannot accept Credit or Debit cards at the Transfer Stations. We can accept cash (exact change preferred) or cheques made payable to: The Township of North Kawartha. 

Please be prepared to show your Waste Site Pass whenever you enter the Transfer Stations.

As per By-law #40/04, depositing waste in front, behind, or near the gates leading into the waste sites is prohibited. It must be placed in its proper designated place.

Bensfort Road Landfill - Peterborough Waste Management Facility 

The County/City of Peterborough's Bensfort Road Landfill Facility is also available to North Kawartha ratepayers.

Location:
1260 Bensfort Road
Peterborough ON
K9J 1C5
(In Otonabee-South Monaghan, about 6 km south of the Peterborough By-pass)
705-742-7777, ext 2150
Toll Free 1-855-738-3755, ext 2150

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:45 pm
Saturday 8 am to 3:45 pm
Sundays and statutory holidays - Closed

Guidelines:
Peterborough Waste Management Facilities only accept waste generated in the City and County of Peterborough.

  • All material other than bagged household solid waste is subject to applicable tipping rate fees.
  • Loads brought to the landfill in open-top vehicles, like pickup trucks, must be tarped. Fines are imposed for loads that aren't covered by a tarp when they're brought to the landfill in open-top vehicles.
  • While in the lineup of vehicles waiting to get into the landfill, all residents must stay in their vehicles and ensure that they are not blocking traffic on Bensfort Road.
Pido Road Household HHW Depot - Peterborough Waste Management Facility

The County/City of Peterborough's Household Hazardous Waste Depot is also available to North Kawartha ratepayers.

Location:
400 Pido Road
Peterborough ON
K9J 1C5
705-742-7777, ext 1657

Operating hours:
Fall / Winter
Wednesday to Saturday 8 am to 4 pm
Sundays and statutory holidays - Closed
Summer
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 am to 6 pm
Friday & Saturday: 8 am to 2 pm
Sundays and statutory holidays - Closed

Guidelines:
Do not put household hazardous waste in your garbage. 

  • Acceptable items include paints, oils, batteries, chemicals, propane tanks, etc.
  • Never mix substances
  • Keep materials in their original container or in a well-marked container
  • All containers should be securely sealed
  • Securely pack materials in your vehicle to prevent spills
County Road 6 Waste Site - Waste Connections Facility

The County Road 6 Waste Site is also available to North Kawartha ratepayers. For additional information please visit the Waste Connections website.

Location:
348 County Road 6
Douro Dummer ON
K0L 2H0
705-652-3505 / 705-742-4268

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm (year-round)

Acceptable Material:

  • Basic construction, demolition and renovation debris
  • All wood products
  • Plaster and drywall
  • Bricks, concrete, concrete with rebar
  • Shingles, insulation
  • Household Waste
  • Household items (i.e. couches, mattresses, etc.)
  • Household fixtures (i.e. toilets, sinks, tubs, cupboards)
  • Anything metal goes in the Scrap Metal Bin (Free)

Fees:

All Loads $104/metric tonne, $20 minimum charge
Mattresses $25 per piece

Non-acceptable Material:

  • Liquid waste
  • Tires 
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Boats

Recycling/Blue Boxes

 

Click here for the Recycling/Blue Box Page 

 

North Kawartha Transfer Station Programs and Services

The following is a list of programs and services that are available (with a few exceptions) at both the Anstruther and Haultain Transfer Stations.

Please be prepared to show your Waste Site Pass whenever you enter the Transfer Stations.

View our printer-friendly "Let's Sort It Guide" to help you with what goes where. 

Any applicable fees are listed on our Tipping Fees page. 
Note: Currently, we cannot accept Credit or Debit cards at the Transfer Stations.
We accept cash (exact change preferred) or cheques made payable to: The Township of North Kawartha.

Service/Program

Site

Schedule

Fee

Recyclables (containers and fibres)

Both

Year-Round

Free

Household garbage

Both

Year-Round

$1 bag

Scrap metal 

Both

Year-Round

Free

Appliances
(*$20 fee applies if item has Freon)

Both

Year-Round

Free/*$20

Tires

Both

Year-Round

Free

Batteries:
AAA, AA, C, D,
 9 & 6 Volt (lantern only)

Both

Year-Round

Free

Textiles (in support of Diabetes Canada)

Both

Year-Round

Free

Leaf & Yard/Green Waste

Both

Year-Round

$20 yard

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment 

Both

Year-Round

Free

Organics 

Anstruther

Year-Round

Free

Re-Use Depot 

Anstruther

Re-opening
June 6, 2021

Free

Residential Construction and Demolition (C&D)

Anstruther

Year-Round

$30 yard

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Anstruther

Wednesday & Sunday
June 2 to Sept. 5, 2021

Free

Mattresses

The County and City of Peterborough along with the Townships, are always investigating and taking advantage of new recycling programs to divert Waste from the Bensfort Road, Waste Management Facility, in an effort to prolong its life.  As such, Mattresses and Box Springs are now 'Recyclable' products and are only accepted at the Bensfort Road Landfill Site. Residents are requested to bring the mattresses as dry and clean as possible to assist with the recycling program. A "tipping" fee will apply. 

Under the recycling program, the Township is no longer able to accept these items at either Transfer Station. However, as a convenience to our North Kawartha residents, Mattresses and Box Springs are accepted at the Anstruther Transfer Station, once a year, on Environmental DayTipping fees apply.

Household Furniture

Household furniture such as couches, padded chairs, etc., are only accepted at the Bensfort Road, Waste Management Facility. However, as was noted above regarding mattresses, as a convenience to our North Kawartha residents, we accept these items at the Anstruther Transfer Station, once a year, on Environmental Day. Additionally, please note that items such as coffee tables, and other furniture if made entirely of wood qualify as residential Construction and Demolition materials, and can be accepted at the Anstruther Transfer Station from June 1, 2020 to Thanksgiving Day (October 12, 2020). Tipping fees apply. In addition, some items may qualify for acceptance at our Re-Use Depot

Please see our Construction and DemolitionRe-Use Depot, and Environmental Day pages for additional information.

North Kawartha Residential Bear Bins

The Township of North Kawartha implemented a curbside garbage and recycling collection program in 2004. The Recycling Program for all eight Townships in Peterborough County, whether curbside or at the transfer stations, is administered by the County of Peterborough, in co-operation with the Township. The Township administers garbage collection, either at the curbside or in the transfer stations. 

New Recycling Collection Contract Q&A 

The County of Peterborough entered into a new collection contract on November 1, 2019, with the company Emterra. Click on this link to find complete answers to questions about the change in the Company providing this service (recycling collection), as well as the impact this change will have for North Kawartha residents, and the residents of Peterborough County. If you're looking for a quick summary of FAQs regarding this change, click here.

As a result of this change, it's possible that the lock on your bear bin may be reclaimed by the previous recycling contractor. If this should happen to you, please email a request for a new lock to Gary Geraldi (Director of Parks and Recreation/Waste Management) by clicking here. In your email please be sure to include your name, address, phone number, location of the bin, and the addresses that the bin serves. 

North Kawartha Residential Bear Bins

Bear Bins have proven to be an effective, safe and convenient method of allowing seasonal and permanent residents to participate in the Curbside Garbage and Recycling Program. 

Bear Bins are steel constructed garbage receptacles, that are generally placed at the end of a driveway, to not interfere with the road, maintenance, or snowplowing. These bins vary in size, but are generally not longer than 6' or wider than 3'.  They are all about 30" high, and generally have two steel lids that can lock. 

Following are a few tips to further enhance the effectiveness of the program: 

  1. Ensure the location of the bin is approved by the Waste Contractor and the Township of North Kawartha.
  2. If not already equipped, install 2 flags for the contractor. One for garbage (green) and one for recycling (blue). This will allow recycling to be collected from the bin. If you have an earlier model bin, that did not come equipped with 2 flags you may either request one from your bin manufacturer, or fasten a homemade flag to your bin. The flags tell the drivers that there is either garbage or recycling inside, so that they will stop and collect. There are numerous bins throughout the Township that aren’t necessarily used each week; therefore, stopping, unlocking, and checking a bin that is empty, is not an efficient use of time, hence the flag system. If there is not enough room inside the bin for the blue boxes, they can be left outside the bin, in which case a recycling flag is unnecessary.  
  3. Recycling is unlimited, however must be separated into 2 streams (containers and fibres).
  4. As with all Township Curbside collection, residents are permitted 1 garbage bag without a bag tag sticker, and up to 2 additional bags with bag tag stickers affixed.
  5. You can exchange the 20 punch holes on your Waste Site Pass for bag tag stickers, at the Transfer Stations or the Municipal Office. These punch holes are located on the bottom of each Waste Site Pass tear-off end, and have 10 punch holes per side.
  6. Share the bin. When sharing, make sure all the addresses using the bin are recorded on the underside of the bin lid.  This notifies the collector the number of bags he/she can collect without bag tags.
  7. Lock your bin. Lock and keys are available through the Township of North Kawartha by calling 705-656-3619 or click here to email.
  8. Keep Your Bin Clean. Make sure there is no loose garbage in the bottom of your bin and clean the bin out every spring with a bleach/water solution. This will not only reduce the attraction of unwanted animals (bears) and/or insects (wasps), it will also reduce unpleasant odours for those neighbours out on a leisurely stroll.
  9. If the Contractor (Waste Connections) misses picking up your garbage, please contact Waste Connections directly at 705-742-4268. Reporting without delay will ensure that any concerns are addressed as they occur, through the use of Waste Connections' very sophisticated GPS tracking system. 
  10. If the Contractor (Emterra) misses emptying your recycling blue box, please contact Emterra directly at 705-742-3139 or the County of Peterborough at 705-775-2737. Reporting without delay will ensure that any concerns are addressed as they occur, through the use of Emterra's very sophisticated GPS tracking system.
  11. If you missed your garbage or recycling collection, you may put a bag tag on the garbage bag and take it to the nearest Transfer Station, or put it out at your next collection day. Blue box recycling does not require bag tags.

Thank you for your co-operation in making this program a success.

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