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.


We are currently monitoring COVID-19 and making changes to our operations.

District waste management services, facilities and programs have been impacted due to COVID-19. To help protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and the public, we are asking residents to implement increased protective measures for waste collection during this time.

  • Bin site hosts and public users must take precautions when using the dumpsters.
  • garbage must be securely bagged, tied and sealed and placed inside the dumpster.
  • it is illegal to abandon waste on the ground. Place garbage and recycling inside dumpsters only. If the dumpster is full, take the garbage to the nearest licensed transfer station.
  • any garbage left outside the bins should not be touched without personal protective equipment.
  • use gloves and wash/sanitize hands following touching the bins, latches or doors as per public health direction.
  • practice physical distancing – one user at a time.
  • use of public waste facilities is at your own risk.

This is a developing situation and communities should be prepared for additional waste site closures and program impacts.

For the latest updates on all District program and service impacts, and to learn more about the actions taken in response to COVID-19, please visit www.muskoka.on.ca/coronavirus


What you need to know now:

  • we're preparing for removal of the 13 high priority sites at the direction of the MECP
  • we consulted on alternate servicing options via our "have your say" online survey - thank you for your feedback! we are analyzing the responses and, 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 was accepted online via our "We're listening" survey - the survey closed on March 1, 2020.

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.


We are currently monitoring COVID-19 and making changes to our operations.

District waste management services, facilities and programs have been impacted due to COVID-19. To help protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and the public, we are asking residents to implement increased protective measures for waste collection during this time.

  • Bin site hosts and public users must take precautions when using the dumpsters.
  • garbage must be securely bagged, tied and sealed and placed inside the dumpster.
  • it is illegal to abandon waste on the ground. Place garbage and recycling inside dumpsters only. If the dumpster is full, take the garbage to the nearest licensed transfer station.
  • any garbage left outside the bins should not be touched without personal protective equipment.
  • use gloves and wash/sanitize hands following touching the bins, latches or doors as per public health direction.
  • practice physical distancing – one user at a time.
  • use of public waste facilities is at your own risk.

This is a developing situation and communities should be prepared for additional waste site closures and program impacts.

For the latest updates on all District program and service impacts, and to learn more about the actions taken in response to COVID-19, please visit www.muskoka.on.ca/coronavirus


What you need to know now:

  • we're preparing for removal of the 13 high priority sites at the direction of the MECP
  • we consulted on alternate servicing options via our "have your say" online survey - thank you for your feedback! we are analyzing the responses and, 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 was accepted online via our "We're listening" survey - the survey closed on March 1, 2020.

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.