Lakeside Waste Collection Pilot

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On June 14, 2019, the MECP formally directed the District to remove/decommission all unlicensed bin sites by April 30, 2023. We are planning a pilot waste collection program this summer as an alternative for water-access and island residents in the Township of Muskoka Lakes who have been impacted by the Bin Site Transition Plan. More information on the Bin Site Transition Plan can be found here.


The District is advancing a pilot project to service water-access and island residents in place of some bin sites being removed this summer.

What is the Lakeside Waste Collection pilot?
The District has been working closely with our consulting team and the MECP for approved alternatives to waste collection for water-access and island residents. You told us you needed a “made-in-Muskoka”, convenient garbage disposal alternative from boat-to-bin. We heard you! We have scheduled lakeside collection events this summer. District staff will be on-site to understand if this will be a viable alternative to service Muskoka’s unique communities as we plan for long-term solutions.



What can I expect?
Waste collection trucks will be present each week at a dedicated location for a scheduled 1.5 hour period. These events will be supervised and staff will be on-site to monitor disposal activity. Events will be accessible via boat.

The collection truck is equipped to accept residential household bagged garbage and sorted recycling only.

As we monitor COVID-19, please secure all waste and tie bags shut.

  • Up to 3 standard-sized bags of household bagged garbage
    • all waste must be bagged/tied securely, loose garbage will not be accepted
  • Sorted recycling (containers and paper products) in clear/transparent bags preferred

This program is not intended for residents who receive curbside collection or for bulky items. Bulky items can be taken to any District licensed transfer station. A full list of locations and hours can be found here.


Where and when will the trucks stop?
We have arranged with our contractor three stops in the Township of Muskoka Lakes – Foot’s Bay, Windermere, and Beaumaris. These locations are to help island and water-access residents who are impacted by the Bin Site Transition Plan this year.


1009 McDonald Rd - Foot's Bay

Sundays: 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Parker's Marina: Windermere


Sundays: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Baycliffe Park - Beaumaris


Sundays: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm



This is a pilot program and we will need your help to ensure its success.
We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through program details during the COVID-19 emergency. Lakeside Waste Collection events planned for summer 2020 will be closely monitored to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public.

Abandoning garbage on the ground at the collection event location before or following the scheduled event is considered illegal dumping. If this is observed, an illegal dumping investigation will be undertaken with additional measures including, but not limited to, stopping future collection events at that location. We want to remain welcome to host events at these locations and dumping will put that in jeopardy.

We are relying on the cooperation of our dedicated Muskoka community to respect this special service and, at the same time, preserve the beautiful Muskoka environment – the reason we all choose to live here.


Downloads and Resources

Click the Follow Project button on the Bin Site Transition Page to receive project updates.

On June 14, 2019, the MECP formally directed the District to remove/decommission all unlicensed bin sites by April 30, 2023. We are planning a pilot waste collection program this summer as an alternative for water-access and island residents in the Township of Muskoka Lakes who have been impacted by the Bin Site Transition Plan. More information on the Bin Site Transition Plan can be found here.


The District is advancing a pilot project to service water-access and island residents in place of some bin sites being removed this summer.

What is the Lakeside Waste Collection pilot?
The District has been working closely with our consulting team and the MECP for approved alternatives to waste collection for water-access and island residents. You told us you needed a “made-in-Muskoka”, convenient garbage disposal alternative from boat-to-bin. We heard you! We have scheduled lakeside collection events this summer. District staff will be on-site to understand if this will be a viable alternative to service Muskoka’s unique communities as we plan for long-term solutions.



What can I expect?
Waste collection trucks will be present each week at a dedicated location for a scheduled 1.5 hour period. These events will be supervised and staff will be on-site to monitor disposal activity. Events will be accessible via boat.

The collection truck is equipped to accept residential household bagged garbage and sorted recycling only.

As we monitor COVID-19, please secure all waste and tie bags shut.

  • Up to 3 standard-sized bags of household bagged garbage
    • all waste must be bagged/tied securely, loose garbage will not be accepted
  • Sorted recycling (containers and paper products) in clear/transparent bags preferred

This program is not intended for residents who receive curbside collection or for bulky items. Bulky items can be taken to any District licensed transfer station. A full list of locations and hours can be found here.


Where and when will the trucks stop?
We have arranged with our contractor three stops in the Township of Muskoka Lakes – Foot’s Bay, Windermere, and Beaumaris. These locations are to help island and water-access residents who are impacted by the Bin Site Transition Plan this year.


1009 McDonald Rd - Foot's Bay

Sundays: 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Parker's Marina: Windermere


Sundays: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Baycliffe Park - Beaumaris


Sundays: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm



This is a pilot program and we will need your help to ensure its success.
We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through program details during the COVID-19 emergency. Lakeside Waste Collection events planned for summer 2020 will be closely monitored to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public.

Abandoning garbage on the ground at the collection event location before or following the scheduled event is considered illegal dumping. If this is observed, an illegal dumping investigation will be undertaken with additional measures including, but not limited to, stopping future collection events at that location. We want to remain welcome to host events at these locations and dumping will put that in jeopardy.

We are relying on the cooperation of our dedicated Muskoka community to respect this special service and, at the same time, preserve the beautiful Muskoka environment – the reason we all choose to live here.


Downloads and Resources

Click the Follow Project button on the Bin Site Transition Page to receive project updates.