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 make changes to our operations.
Summer bin site service is on-going with some changes.



Lakeside Waste Collection Events
June 26, 2020 Update

The District is moving forward with a pilot project in the Township of Muskoka Lakes to service water-access and island residents who have been impacted by the Bin Site Transition Plan.
Click here to visit the Lakeside Waste Collection Pilot project page for more information.



June 26, 2020 Update

What you need to know:

  • Most summer bin sites are in service. These sites are being closely monitored and maintained to safeguard the health and safety of the public and our staff. Please note posted health and safety warnings.
  • Some bin sites have been identified as high priority sites requiring immediate action. For some, the bins have simply been moved to a different location. Although they have been moved away from lakes, rivers, and streams, illegal dumping puts service at these sites at risk. We ask for your help keeping these sites open. Please dispose of waste properly and do not leave waste outside of bins.
  • For other high priority sites, bins have been removed due to the risk they pose to the environment and human health or we continue to work with property owners on better locations. We ask for your patience as we work through these details.
  • Bin Site 7 – Beaumaris Yacht Club and Bin Site 60 – Parkers Marina have been removed at the request of the property owners – plans for alternate waste collection service is being put in place for the beginning of July.
  • 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.

What to watch for over the summer:

  • Our project team continues to work on plans for long-term alternate waste collection for communities serviced by bin sites.
  • COVID-19 has changed how we can undertake community and stakeholder consultation – we are planning consultation sessions this summer/early fall with bin site hosts, cottage/lake association representatives, and impacted communities. If you represent a cottage or lake association and haven’t completed the survey below, we’d appreciate hearing from you. Please submit your contact information below via the survey.


More information on the status of individual sites can be found below:

Status of Bin Sites
Updated June 17, 2020
- Township of Muskoka Lakes
- Township of Georgian Bay
- Town of Bracebridge
- Town of Gravenhurst
- Town of Huntsville


Information including hours of operation of licensed District transfer stations (many are open until 8 pm on Sundays) 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 make changes to our operations.
Summer bin site service is on-going with some changes.



Lakeside Waste Collection Events
June 26, 2020 Update

The District is moving forward with a pilot project in the Township of Muskoka Lakes to service water-access and island residents who have been impacted by the Bin Site Transition Plan.
Click here to visit the Lakeside Waste Collection Pilot project page for more information.



June 26, 2020 Update

What you need to know:

  • Most summer bin sites are in service. These sites are being closely monitored and maintained to safeguard the health and safety of the public and our staff. Please note posted health and safety warnings.
  • Some bin sites have been identified as high priority sites requiring immediate action. For some, the bins have simply been moved to a different location. Although they have been moved away from lakes, rivers, and streams, illegal dumping puts service at these sites at risk. We ask for your help keeping these sites open. Please dispose of waste properly and do not leave waste outside of bins.
  • For other high priority sites, bins have been removed due to the risk they pose to the environment and human health or we continue to work with property owners on better locations. We ask for your patience as we work through these details.
  • Bin Site 7 – Beaumaris Yacht Club and Bin Site 60 – Parkers Marina have been removed at the request of the property owners – plans for alternate waste collection service is being put in place for the beginning of July.
  • 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.

What to watch for over the summer:

  • Our project team continues to work on plans for long-term alternate waste collection for communities serviced by bin sites.
  • COVID-19 has changed how we can undertake community and stakeholder consultation – we are planning consultation sessions this summer/early fall with bin site hosts, cottage/lake association representatives, and impacted communities. If you represent a cottage or lake association and haven’t completed the survey below, we’d appreciate hearing from you. Please submit your contact information below via the survey.


More information on the status of individual sites can be found below:

Status of Bin Sites
Updated June 17, 2020
- Township of Muskoka Lakes
- Township of Georgian Bay
- Town of Bracebridge
- Town of Gravenhurst
- Town of Huntsville


Information including hours of operation of licensed District transfer stations (many are open until 8 pm on Sundays) 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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    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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