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Waste and Recycling

There are nine (9) Waste Disposal Sites in Hastings Highlands. 

The Municipality of Hastings Highlands has nine (9) Waste Disposal/Transfer Sites located throughout the Municipality for the disposal of your waste and recycling. We do not offer curbside collection, so you'll need to dispose of your waste at one of the nine sites. 


Before You Head Out

  • Don’t Forget to bring your ‘Waste Site Disposal Card’
  • All household waste (garbage) MUST be in a Clear Plastic Bags (Clear Bag Bylaw 2018-074)
    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.
  • 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)
  • Residential appliances containing refrigerant MUST be taken to East Lake Waste Disposal Site (59 Cardwell Lake Road, Maple Leaf, ON) for a fee of $75/ per item.
  • Appliances properly tagged ‘refrigerant free’ by a licenced technician can be dropped off during operating hours at any of our Waste Sites.

Disposal Fees 

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

Disposal (Tipping) Fees - HH Waste Sites

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Information

Why Do I Need a Pass?

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.
To request Short Term Rental Passes please submit a Customer Service Request.

Illegal Dumping

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.

Living in Bear Country

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

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