Accepted Items and Fees

Accepted Items and Fees

Please click on one of the topics shown below for detailed information.

Please ask the site attendant or contact the Township office if you require additional information.

Household waste and blue box fibres and containers are accepted at the following sites at no charge:

  • Site 9
  • Bayfield
  • Pointe au Baril
  • Skerryvore
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Woods Bay
  • Devil's Elbow
  • Sheep Head
  • MacFarlane Street (Town of Parry Sound)
  • Twelve Mile Bay Road (Georgian Bay Township)
For more information with respect to blue box recycling, see the Recycling section. 

All of the Township's sites collect cell phones and rechargeable and single-use batteries weighing 5 kg or less.  There is no charge for the disposal of these items.
 
For more information with respect to the recycling of batteries and cell phones, see the Recycling section.

Diabetes Canada has established drop boxes at the following sites:
  • Site 9
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Woods Bay
  • Skerryvore
There is no charge for the disposal of these items.
 
For more information with respect to the acceptance of clothing and textiles, see the Recycling section.

Residents may dispose of wood and construction/demolition materials for work they have performed at their own residence. Materials accepted are lumber, drywall, carpeting, windows, bathroom and plumbing fixtures and materials, siding, shingles, insulation etc.
 
Construction/demolition materials are accepted at the following sites:
  • Site 9
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Woods Bay
Tipping Fee:  Each resident may dispose of 2 cubic yards of construction/demolition materials annually at no charge.  Thereafter, the tipping fee will be $20.00 per cubic yard.  
 
Please see the Contractor's section for materials and tipping fees applicable to contractors.

As the Township is an approved collector with Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), both Township residents and non-residents may dispose of acceptable electronics for recycling at the sites listed below.

Household electronics are collected and diverted from the waste stream, free of charge, at the following sites:

  • Site 9
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Woods Bay
There is no charge for the disposal of electronic waste.
 
For more information with respect to electronic waste, see the Recycling section.

The Township of The Archipelago has an Agreement with the Town of Parry Sound for Archipelago residents to dispose of household hazardous waste at the Town's hazardous waste depot located at its MacFarlane Street transfer station.  There is no charge for the disposal of these items.
 
Please see the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) for more information.
 

Large/bulky household items such as furniture, appliances etc. are accepted at the following sites:
  • Site 9
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Devil's Elbow
  • Sheep Head
  • Woods Bay (Please note that the wood/furniture bin has been removed for the winter months effective November 5th, 2019.  Ratepayers may use the Healey Lake Transfer Station for disposal of these items.)
There is no charge for disposal of these items with the exception of a $30.00 fee that will be charged for the removal of refrigerant from appliances, where applicable, which are deemed to be harmful to the environment.  Payment of the $30.00 fee must be paid in cash to the site attendant prior to disposal of the item.
 
For more information with respect to the acceptance of large items and large item days, see the Large Item Disposal section.

Ratepayers that are replacing dock structures are encouraged to responsibly dispose of/or recycle their old docks.  
 
Docks destined for disposal can be dismantled into manageable sized pieces and disposed of at the Devil's Elbow, Sheep Head, Crane or Healey Lake transfer sites in the southern portion of the Township, as well as the Site 9 Landfill site in the north Archipelago.  The containers for the disposal of dock materials are generally in place during the summer construction season, while materials are accepted year round at Site 9. 
 
Construction materials must be separated (metal, wood, foam etc.) prior to disposal.  Contractors are not permitted to use transfer sites for this purpose and must make other arrangements for disposal.
 
The Township does not provide pickup and disposal services for old docks, including those abandoned.  Township Council is aware that there are issues surrounding abandoned docks and is in the process of assessing the issue.  If you encounter a navigational issue with an abandoned dock, you are encouraged to report it to the appropriate authority (OPP, Coast Guard/DFO). 
 
See below for more information regarding abandoned docks.

 
Abandoned Docks

Over the years, more and more old docks are being seen pulled up on the shorelines of our inland lakes and along the Georgian Bay coastline.  It makes sense that owners have had to replace docks; things just deteriorate over time.  Most property owners have broken down their old docks and re-purposed what they could, removing the remaining bits from the shoreline.

Unfortunately, some property owners have just pulled their old docks into bays and have abandoned them. These docks create potential navigational issues.  Not the least, they are unsightly in our otherwise beautiful environment.

Property owners are responsible for the safe disposal of their old docks.  We ask that our residents and associations identify docks that appear to be abandoned; create a pictorial inventory; talk with surrounding property owners to clarify the status of the docks; and, when it is clear that a dock is truly abandoned, assist each other in finding a way to remove the dock from our waterways.

Thank you for your consideration and assistance.

The Township of The Archipelago has an Agreement with the Township of Seguin for the recycling of boat shrink wrap.  Please contact The Archipelago at 705-746-4243 to arrange for the disposal of shrink wrap at a Seguin Township facility.  Please note that the shrink wrap must be clean, dry and bundled to be accepted.  It should not be tied with rope. 
 
The disposal of shrink wrap will be subject to Seguin Township's tipping fees.

All re-use items must be approved by the site attendant.  Re-use items are accepted at the following sites:
  • Site 9
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Woods Bay
  • Devil's Elbow
  • Sheep Head
For more information with respect to the acceptance of re-use items, see the Recycling section.

Scrap metal is accepted at no charge at the following sites:
  • Site 9
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Devil's Elbow
  • Sheep Head
  • Woods Bay (Please note the the scrap metal bin has been removed for the winter months effective November 5th, 2019.  Ratepayers may use the Healey Lake Transfer site to dispose of these items.)

Effective January 1, 2019, new Provincial regulation makes tire producers directly responsible and accountable for meeting mandatory collection and recycling targets for used tires.  As a result, the Township of The Archipelago will no longer be collecting used tires at any of its sites.  For more information regarding tire recycling in the Province, please visit the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) website.

Residents may dispose of used tires at the following locations:

1.    At the retail facility where the tires were purchased.

2.    At a Provincially approved collection site.  To find a collection site in the Parry Sound area, please visit the  RPRA website.

Should you have any questions, please email Mike Kearns, Manager of Operational Services.

Residents and contractors may dispose of chippable wood and brush at the Site 9 Landfill site at a tipping fee of $15.00 per cubic yard.