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Curbside Collection

North Kawartha implemented a curbside garbage program in 2004.

North Kawartha services all roads within the Township for curbside garbage and recycling collection. This includes Municipal, Private and Fire Route Roads.

Garbage and Recycling will be collected on the same day. Please refer to the detailed maps 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.

General Rules

  • Garbage 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

  • Please contact Waste Connections of Canada immediately at 705-742-4268, so that the situation may be corrected, or alternate arrangements made.
  • 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 it and take it to the nearest transfer station, or put it out at your next collection day.

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 will run as normal. As an example, there will be no curbside garbage or recycling collection on Family Day of each year. Collection will resume the following Monday.

Garbage Bag/Container Rules

Check out more information about recycling on our Household Garbage page.

  • Residential establishments are allowed one bag/container of household garbage, weekly, for free.

    • Up to 4 additional bags/containers can be picked up. However, each additional bag/container will require a bag tag issued by North Kawartha.
  • Business establishments are allowed two bags/containers of household garbage, weekly, for free.

    • Up to 8 additional bags/containers can be picked up. However, each additional bag/container will require a bag tag issued by 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").

Recycling Blue Boxes/Bins

Check out more information about recycling on our Recycling page.

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.
  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 4 additional bags with bag tag stickers affixed.
  5. You can exchange the 20 punch holes on your waste pass for bag tag stickers, at the Transfer Stations or the Municipal Office.  These punch holes are located on the bottom of each Waste 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.  Keys are available through Waste Connections of Canada (705-742-4268).
  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, it will also reduce unpleasant odours for those neighbours out on a leisurely stroll.
  9. If the Contractor misses emptying your bin, please contact Waste Connections (705-742-4268) as soon as possible.  Reporting without delay will ensure that any concerns are addressed as they occur. 

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