NOTICE: COVID-19 and Change in Operations
6 AUGUST 2021 UPDATE: Due to the proliferation of the delta variant of COVID-19, we are maintaining current levels of service at our transfer sites and landfill. Health and safety of our staff and residents remains paramount.
Some staff may feel more comfortable than others in assisting rate payers with handling of their waste and recycling. We are allowing this added level of flexibility. However, you should be aware that we are not specifically requiring staff to assist. It is at their discretion and level of comfort.
As noted below, use of masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), and social distancing continue to be required.
In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the Operations unit at the Township of The Archipelago is adapting measures to ensure the safety of our staff and our residents. Effective immediately, we are taking the following steps at our waste/transfer facilities:
•Please note that due to health and safety concerns including COVID-19, the Township has changed it's policy and staff will no longer be permitted to handle and/or collect liquor and beer empties for return.
NOTE: Effective Monday, July 26, 2021, multiple boats will be allowed to dock at the Sheep Head and Devil's Elbow transfer stations.
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, please submit a Service Request or contact the Township office at 705-746-4243 Ext. 338. A new waste card will be sent to you by regular mail or arrangements can be made for you to pick up at the Township office. Please note that the cards don’t have an expiry date.
- 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).
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. In September 2020, the Township upgraded its operation at the Town's MacFarlane site by placing a compaction bin on site for CONTAINER DISPOSAL ONLY. Please speak to the site attendant upon arrival to ensure that your recyclable items are disposed of in the proper bins.
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.