Waste & Recycling

Waste Management

In 2014, the Township engaged the services of Azimuth Environmental Consulting Inc. to complete a Waste Recycling Strategy that identified methods by which the waste management system could become more efficient and effective and the recycling of waste material could be increased.  Please refer to the Waste Recycling Strategy for more information regarding the Township’s waste management system.
 
Waste By-law 12-19 regulates the Township's waste management system and establishes tipping fees.  For more information, please see the Accepted Items and Fees section.

Waste Facilities

The Township operates one landfill site (Site 9) which is located approximately 7 kms south of Pointe au Baril Station, west of Highway 400 at 10 Site 9 Road.  The Township also operates eight transfer stations: 
  • three in the north portion of The Archipelago (Bayfield, Pointe au Baril and Skerryvore)
  • three in the south portion of The Archipelago (Crane, Healey and Woods Bay)
  • two water-access sites on Georgian Bay in the south portion of The Archipelago (Devil's Elbow and Sheep Head). 
For more information regarding site locations and hours of operations, please see the appropriate sections below.
 
All of the Township's waste sites are staffed to assist you and provide information and guidance with respect to the disposal of waste and recycling.  If you are unsure of where to dispose of an item, staff attendants are available at all sites to offer assistance and guidance. 
 
Please note that it is a ratepayers' responsibility to sort their household garbage and blue box materials prior to arriving at the waste site.  Staff will not open or sort your household garbage or recyclables for you.

Agreements with Neighbouring Townships

The Township of The Archipelago has an Agreement with The Town of Parry Sound for the disposal of household waste, recycling and household hazardous waste at its MacFarlane Street Transfer Station.  You will be required to present your Archipelago Waste Card as proof of residency to use this site.  Please visit the Town of Parry Sound's website for hours of operation.  Please note that commercial hazardous waste is not accepted at the MacFarlane Street Transfer Station.

The Township also has an Agreement with The District Municipality of Muskoka for the use by Archipelago residents of its Twelve Mile Bay Depot only.  Please note that this site only operates during the summer months and only accepts household bagged garbage and sorted recycling.  It is an unstaffed site equipped with video surveillance.  Illegal dumping is in violation of Provincial statutes and Municipal by-laws. 

Clear Plastic Bags

It is mandatory that all household garbage and/or recyclables be placed in clear plastic bags.  Open recycling containers are also acceptable.

The Archipelago is committed to operating safe and efficient waste and recycling facilities.  The Township adopted a "clear bag program” as a cost-effective measure to increase the diversion of recyclable materials from the waste stream.  As well, implementing a clear bag program improves worker safety and protects staff, as they are able to conduct a quick assessment of the contents and ensure that there are no hazardous items inside that could cause injury, such as broken glass or needles, oil, paint, pharmaceuticals, etc. 

Waste Disposal Cards

All users of the Township’s waste disposal facilities must present a waste disposal card to the attendant.  If you are a new owner of property in the Township and require a card, or if you need to replace a card that was misplaced or damaged, you may obtain one at the Township office or alternatively, you can submit a Service Request or contact the Township office at 705-746-4243 Ext. 338.  A new waste card can be sent to you by regular mail or picked up at the Township office.  Please note that the cards don’t have an expiry date. 

Enforcement

Anyone found contravening the Waste By-law will be subject to enforcement action.  Please report any abuse by contacting the Township’s By-law Enforcement Department.