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Waste and Recycling

The Municipality of Hastings Highlands provides depot service for the collection of all waste, including garbage and recycling. Our waste management operations are governed by provincial legislation, the Municipality of Hastings Highlands Waste Management Bylaw and Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for each waste management site. Non‐bagged brush, furniture, appliances and other materials must be taken to a waste management site during normal hours per the schedule below and may be subject to tipping fees.

For further information call 613‐338‐2811 – Ext. 288 to speak to the Adrian Tomasini, Operations Manager.

Hastings Highlands Waste Disposal Sites, Hours of Operation & Tipping Fees

There are nine (9) Waste Disposal Sites in Hastings Highlands. The name of each site, along with the address is enclosed below. A map to the site is available by selecting the address of each location(s).
Please Note – All garbage must be placed in clear bags subject to the Municipality’s Clear Bag Waste Disposal Policy. All bags must be clear for the contents to be visible to waste site attendants. Dark coloured, brown, black or green bags are not permitted. One solid colour plastic bag (such as a white kitchen bag, plastic grocery bag, etc.) will be permitted in each clear bag for personal items.

Does your company transport non-hazardous solid waste in a company owned vehicle?

***Fall and Winter Waste Site Hours will Begin on Tuesday, October 12, 2021***

Hastings Highlands Waste Disposal Sites

Sand Bay – 16 Runnalls Lane, Combermere, ON
Wolf Creek – 567 River’s Road, Barry’s Bay, ON

Papineau Lake – 113 Papineau Lake Road South, Maple Leaf, ON
Musclow-Greenview – 3375 Musclow-Greenview Road, Harcourt, ON
East Lake – 59 Cardwell Lake Road, Maple Leaf, ON
Lake St.Peter – 2825 Hwy 127, Lake St. Peter, ON
North Baptiste – 353 N Baptiste Lake Rd. ON
Hickey Road East – 202 Hickey Rd. East, Harcourt, ON
South Baptiste – 2539 S Baptiste Lake Rd. Highland Grove, ON

Tipping Fees

The Municipality of Hastings Highlands charges tipping fees to dispose of bulk waste items (furniture, mattresses, styrofoam etc.) as well as demolition, renovation and construction by-products.

2021 Waste Tipping Fees (Schedule ‘C’ to User Fee Bylaw 2021-001)


Please dump recyclables LOOSE into the bins. Do no drop plastic bags of recycling into the recycle bins. Either empty your bag into the bin, bring recycling in a cardboard box, or in a recycle bin available from our Municipal office.

Household Battery Recycling

A container is available at all waste sites and in the lobby of the Municipal Office in Maynooth for Household Battery Recycling. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to drop off their used household batteries.

Textile Recycling

There are textile recycling bins located at the REAR of the Municipal Office located at 33011 Highway 62 in Maynooth, ON. Listed below are items that are accepted in the bins. *Please DO NOT leave any items outside or beside the bins*

Accessories and bags
Clothing (all types)
General household textiles (towels, blankets, sheets, pillows, stuffed toys)
Shoes and boots
Sleeping bags

Backyard Composting

Backyard composting is a simple way to reduce the amount of waste that you place at the curb each week. Composting is a process that turns kitchen and yard waste into a dark, nutrient-rich soil called humus. The soil that is produced can be used to promote weed and erosion control, protects plant roots from sun/wind damage, conserves water, increases water retention in sandy soils, aids drainage in clay, and reduces soil diseases. By returning nutrients back to the soil, compost reduces the need for expensive chemical fertilizers.

Looking to Purchase a Backyard Composter or Digestor?

Backyard composters and digestors can be purchased from the Muncipality.
Composter + Kitchen Pail = $58.00 + HST
Digestor = $103.00 + HST SOLD OUT

Hastings Highlands Hazardous Waste Days and Community Reusable Goods Days

The final 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Event is this Saturday October 16

9am – 2pm >>click here for more details

Stay tuned for a list of our 2022 Hazardous Waste Days.

– Automotive and Garage Products-antifreeze, transmission fluid, batteries and battery acid, gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, motor oil, auto waxes, automotive fluids, oil containers.

– Household Cleaning Products-ammonia based, chlorine bleach, disinfectants, drain cleaning agents (acids and bases), oven cleaners, window cleaners

– Paints and Paint Related Materials-please DO NOT mix latex and oil based paints. Latex paint, oil based paint, furniture and paint stripping agents, driveway sealers and roof patch, brush cleaners, primers, stains, varnishes, wood preservatives, linseed oil, wood stains, varsol and solvents

-Pesticides and Garden Products-flea collars and sprays, mothballs, roach and ant poisons, arsenicals, fungicides, fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, molluscicides (snails & slug bait), rat and mouse poison

-Miscellaneous Products-aerosols (empty containers as well), thinners and turpentine, dry cell batteries (disposable and rechargeable), propane cylinders, BBQ lighter fluids, fluorescent light tubes and bulbs (unbroken), photographic chemicals, pharmaceuticals (medicines and
expired prescriptions) nail polish & polish remover, thermometers, thermostats and switches, glues and adhesives, pool chemicals and bleach (DO NOT MIX)-please keep chemicals separate
from other chemicals. Sharps-place in a rigid plastic container (needles only). Smoke detectors/co2 detectors.

– Commercial, industrial or institutional wastes, radioactive materials, explosives, fireworks, ammunition, biological wastes, PCB wastes, helium or Freon tanks or unknown waste.

Old electronics and tires will not be accepted at this event
Please leave materials in their original containers and pack items securely in your vehicle to avoid mixing or spillage.

For more information, please call 613 338-2811 ext 200.

2021 Community Reusable Goods Days

Stay tuned for a list of our 2022 Community Reusable Goods Days

Place your re-usable household items at the curb in front of your home by 7:00 a.m. Clearly mark it with a “FREE” sign. Use your discretion when deciding whether or not to put items out to the curb. Give-Away items should still be in good condition for re-use or able to be repaired. Keep items you do not want to give away close to your house, or inside to avoid confusion. Consider donating unclaimed items to charitable organizations instead of taking them to the landfills. All unclaimed items are to be removed from the curbside no later than 7:00 p.m. the following day.

Keep Hastings Highlands Beautiful with the 7 R’s of Waste Management: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair and Rot – 2021 Poster Contest Submissions

Congratulations to the winners of the ‘Keep Hastings Highlands Beautiful Poster Contest’. The theme of this year’s contest was the 7R’s of Waste Management: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair and Rot. Winners have been contacted to collect their prizes.
Grade K-2: Jack Blight (First Place)
Grade 3-5: Jerin Brown (First Place)
Autumn Szasz (Second Place)
Charlotte Griffin (Third Place)
Grade 6-8: Peyton Brown (First Place)

Review Poster Contest Submissions (Grade K-12)

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Information

Temporary passes are available for property owners with seasonal rentals. These passes must be arranged by the property owner through the Municipal office. Renters arriving without an authorized pass will not be allowed to deposit waste at the site

Please contact Kim Helkaa 613-338-2811 ext 200 for Short Term Rental (STR) Passes.

Illegal dumping means the dumping of waste anywhere except at an approved waste disposal site. This includes in the woods, at the side of the road, on private property, in someone else’s dumpster without permission, or at the gate of a waste management site. Illegal dumping is costly to taxpayers and damaging to our environment. Incidents of illegal dumping are investigated by the Bylaw Enforcement Officer, and offenders could receive fines of $2000 per incident.

Hastings Highlands is bear country and bears love garbage. Careful management of waste will reduce the chance of attracting bears.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Do not stockpile garbage. Take it to the waste site frequently.
  • Keep meat scraps and cooked food waste in the freezer until taking it to the waste site.
  • Store garbage in a bear-resistant container, secure shed or garage.
  • Never put meat, bones, fish or dairy products in a compost bin.

For more information on how to reduce the chance of attracting bears to a home or cottage, visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Bear Wise website. To report a nuisance bear problem, contact the MNR Bear Reporting Line at 1-866-514-2327, TTY 705-945-7671. In an emergency, call your local police or 9-1-1.

2020 Waste Site Annual Monitoring Reports