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Waste Management and Disposal

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.

Hazardous Waste Days and Information/Community Reusable Goods Days and Information

A House Featuring A Lamp, Toy and A Chair at the Curb labelled Free

Hastings Highlands residents are invited to place unwanted items marked “FREE” at the curb on June 20th, July 18thAugust 15th, September 19th and on October 17th, 2020 for others to take and enjoy!

Place re-usable household items at the curb in front of your home at 7am on Saturday on the above dates clearly marked 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 the next day
at 7pm.

Residents of Hastings Highlands will be able to drop off hazardous waste on July 18th (Cancelled) and on October 17th, 2020. Drop off will be held at 6 ANAF Road from 9 AM until 3 PM. You can drop off automotive and garbage products like antifreeze, batteries and battery acid or motor oil.

Hazardous Waste ACCEPTED Items

  • 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,
  • Arsenals, 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/C02 detectors.

Hazardous Waste NOT ACCEPTED Items

  • NOT ACCEPTED –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

For Garbage

Clear Bag Waste Disposal Policy for Garbage:

The Waste Site attendants must be able to determine that there are no recyclable or hazardous waste materials in garbage bags which would go into our waste site. If any recyclable materials or prohibited waste are found in bags, the bags will be refused. The Attendant, at their discretion, can ask that items be removed and the waste be properly sorted.

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  • All garbage must be placed in clear bags. 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.

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.

Buy 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


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.

Textile Recycling

There are two 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.

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

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.

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.

Waste Management Documents

Upcoming Events, Additional Information and Resources

‘Keep Hastings Highlands Beautiful – Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish and Recycle, Don’t Litter!’

“Keep Hastings Highlands Beautiful” Poster Contest – Contest Information, Rules and Pick-Up Locations

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“Trash Talk” Day – POSTPONED

Join us for “Trash Talk” Day.
10:00am – 1:00pm
Exhibitors and Staff will be onsite to help us learn how to properly Reuse, Reduce, Refurbish and Recycle! Prizes, Games, Snacks and an Onsite Cafe.