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Waste Management & Recycling Information

Before you head out to one of our Waste Sites Don’t forget…

  • Visit Waste Site Hours, Locations to determine when the nearest waste site is open
  • Properly sort your waste and recycling by the categories listed below
  • Review what’s accepted/not accepted at each of our Waste Sites
  • Don’t Forget to bring your ‘Waste Site Disposal Card’
  • All Construction and Demolition Waste MUST be taken to East Lake Waste Site
    (59 Cardwell Lake Rd.) Please prearrange your visit with the Municipal Office (613-338-2811)
  • All household waste (garbage) MUST be in Clear Plastic Bags (Clear Bag Bylaw 2018-074)
    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.
  • Residential appliances containing refrigerant will be accepted at East Lake Waste Disposal Site (59 Cardwell Lake Road, Maple Leaf, ON) for a fee of $75/ per item. Applicances properly tagged ‘refrigerant free’ by a licenced technician can be dropped off during operating hours at any of our Waste Sites.

Tipping Fees Might Apply…

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.
User Fees and Service Charges Bylaw 2023-001

How to Sort Your Waste and Recycling

Residential Waste and Recycling must be properly sorted into the following categories:


  • Newspaper, mixed paper, box board, magazines, catalogues, household fine paper, paper egg cartons, etc
  • Books soft cover or with hard cover removed, telephone books
  • Brown bags, wrapping paper without foil/ metallics
  • Corrugated cardboard
    *Recycled Materials are to be flattened and are to be dumped LOOSE into the bins provided


  • Aseptic containers (juice and coconut water containers, pudding cups etc.)
  • Aluminum cans, containers, plates and foil
  • Steel cans and containers
  • Metal paint cans (empty, dry, lids removed, no plastic paint pails)
  • Cartons (milk, juice, cream)
  • Egg cartons (plastic)
  • Clear glass food or beverage containers
  • Coloured glass food or beverage containers
  • Plastics single-use containers including PET, HDPE, mixed plastics #3 – #7, and tubs
    and lids
    *Please rinse all containers. Containers are to be dumped LOOSE into the bins provided

Metals and Large Appliances

  • Dishwashers
  • Stoves
  • Hot Water Tanks
  • Washing Machines and Dryers
  • Fridge, Stove Freezer etc.
    *Tagged CFC Free

Appliances that contain refrigerants (ie. CFCs/Freon) can be disposed of at East Lake Waste Disposal Site (59 Cardwell Lake Road, Maple Leaf, ON). This service is available at a cost of $75.00 per unit. User Fees and Service Charges Bylaw 2023-001


  • Tires ON or OFF Rims
  • Maximum of ten (10) tires per visit. NO COMMERCIAL TIRES

Bulk Items

Yard Waste/Brushing

  • *Stumps must be under 10 cm (4 inches)

Construction and Demolition Materials

Electronic Waste

  • Televisions, computer monitors, fans, telephones, VCRs etc.

Household Batteries

  • AA, AAA, D-Cell, C-Cell, 9-volt and Button cells


  • Waste includes items that cannot be recycled and are not otherwise categorized (as per the list of categories above)

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. Please call extension 200 to book and appointment for these items as they are stored off site.
Composter + Kitchen Pail = $58.00 + HST
Digestor = $108.85 + HST