Bin Site Transition Plan

At the direction of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) all of Muskoka's 88 unlicensed bin sites will be removed by 2023.

13 of these sites will be removed this year.


What you need to know now:

  • we're preparing for removal of the 13 high priority sites and consulting communities on alternate servicing
  • with our consultant, we're undertaking a study to assess and consult on alternative waste collection for communities with bin sites remaining in service
  • if you currently use a bin site (not included in the list of 13 high priority sites) it will stay in service over 2020
  • if you currently use curbside collection or use a depot or transfer station, nothing will change


What alternatives are being considered?

The following waste collection alternatives are proposed in the draft Terms of Reference for the Alternate Servicing Study (pages 17 and 18):

  • redirect residents/businesses to an existing, supervised District transfer station or waste depot
  • establish a new supervised District transfer station or waste depot in the location of an existing bin site
  • establish a new supervised District transfer station or waste depot at a new site within the community
  • expand curbside collection into the community
  • establish a specialized collection method along waterways such as barge or dockside collection (where applicable)
  • establish mobile bin sites using special trailers or collection vehicles
  • other? input regarding additional alternate servicing options will be accepted until March 1, 2020 via our "We're listening" survey tool at the bottom of this page

Why are the bin sites being removed?

Bin sites are not licensed and not compliant with the Environmental Protection Act. They pose risk to the environment, especially when waste is not disposed of properly in and around bin sites.
Many bin sites are located very close to our lakes and rivers and they pose a high risk of contamination.



Additional Resources

Muskoka has 10 Transfer Stations and Depots. For convenience, many have extended hours.
More information on collection alternatives for the 13 high priority sites can be found here.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.


At the direction of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) all of Muskoka's 88 unlicensed bin sites will be removed by 2023.

13 of these sites will be removed this year.


What you need to know now:

  • we're preparing for removal of the 13 high priority sites and consulting communities on alternate servicing
  • with our consultant, we're undertaking a study to assess and consult on alternative waste collection for communities with bin sites remaining in service
  • if you currently use a bin site (not included in the list of 13 high priority sites) it will stay in service over 2020
  • if you currently use curbside collection or use a depot or transfer station, nothing will change


What alternatives are being considered?

The following waste collection alternatives are proposed in the draft Terms of Reference for the Alternate Servicing Study (pages 17 and 18):

  • redirect residents/businesses to an existing, supervised District transfer station or waste depot
  • establish a new supervised District transfer station or waste depot in the location of an existing bin site
  • establish a new supervised District transfer station or waste depot at a new site within the community
  • expand curbside collection into the community
  • establish a specialized collection method along waterways such as barge or dockside collection (where applicable)
  • establish mobile bin sites using special trailers or collection vehicles
  • other? input regarding additional alternate servicing options will be accepted until March 1, 2020 via our "We're listening" survey tool at the bottom of this page

Why are the bin sites being removed?

Bin sites are not licensed and not compliant with the Environmental Protection Act. They pose risk to the environment, especially when waste is not disposed of properly in and around bin sites.
Many bin sites are located very close to our lakes and rivers and they pose a high risk of contamination.



Additional Resources

Muskoka has 10 Transfer Stations and Depots. For convenience, many have extended hours.
More information on collection alternatives for the 13 high priority sites can be found here.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.