Bin Site Transition Plan

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At the direction of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) all of Muskoka's 80+ unlicensed bin sites will be removed by 2023.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 emergency and follow recommendations from Public Health.

If you currently use curbside collection or a licensed transfer station, nothing has changed at this time. Please monitor muskokarecycles.ca for any COVID-19 related service impacts.

October - Fall Update

  • summer bins will be removed for the season and winter sites will go back into service the last week of October / first week of November
  • the last Lakeside Waste Collection event in the Township of Muskoka Lakes was Sunday, October 11, 2020
  • presentation of 2020 Annual Report and plan for 2021 consultation and sites to transition at Engineering and Public Works Committee (October 21, 2020).
    This report is due for submission to the MECP by November 30, 2020

Thank you to the communities who have reached out over the summer to discuss waste collection. As we monitor COVID-19 restrictions, we are working to ensure public consultation can continue virtually. Please subscribe to this page at the top right corner to receive updates about the Bin Site Transition Plan and your site.

More information on the status of individual bin sites can be found here.
Information including hours of operation of licensed District transfer stations can be found here.


Why are bin sites being removed?

Bin sites are not licensed and not compliant with the Environmental Protection Act.
They pose risks to the environment and human health, 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.

At the direction of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) all of Muskoka's 80+ unlicensed bin sites will be removed by 2023.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 emergency and follow recommendations from Public Health.

If you currently use curbside collection or a licensed transfer station, nothing has changed at this time. Please monitor muskokarecycles.ca for any COVID-19 related service impacts.

October - Fall Update

  • summer bins will be removed for the season and winter sites will go back into service the last week of October / first week of November
  • the last Lakeside Waste Collection event in the Township of Muskoka Lakes was Sunday, October 11, 2020
  • presentation of 2020 Annual Report and plan for 2021 consultation and sites to transition at Engineering and Public Works Committee (October 21, 2020).
    This report is due for submission to the MECP by November 30, 2020

Thank you to the communities who have reached out over the summer to discuss waste collection. As we monitor COVID-19 restrictions, we are working to ensure public consultation can continue virtually. Please subscribe to this page at the top right corner to receive updates about the Bin Site Transition Plan and your site.

More information on the status of individual bin sites can be found here.
Information including hours of operation of licensed District transfer stations can be found here.


Why are bin sites being removed?

Bin sites are not licensed and not compliant with the Environmental Protection Act.
They pose risks to the environment and human health, 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.

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    5 months ago
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    The District of Muskoka is seeking your input as we transition the bin sites. 

    The purpose of initiating an Alternate Servicing Study is to inform the Bin Site Transition Plan by assessing waste collection alternatives for the District’s communities currently served by 88 existing unlicensed bin sites. The Study will be used to identify alternate waste collection services that are compliant with the Environmental Protection Act, 1990 (EPA), in keeping with the District’s Strategic Priorities and future Waste Management Strategy, and reflects the unique waste collection service needs of each 'bin site community'.

    The Terms of Reference outlines the goals, objectives and key actions that will guide the work of the Bin Site Transition Plan from 2020-2023. Please give us your feedback.

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