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Clear bags will be required at City landfills as of March 31

March 20, 2017 - As the second phase of the Clear Bag Program begins, clear bags will be required at all City landfills as of March 31, 2017. This will apply to all residents, businesses and private contractors using City landfills.

"The City promised tax payers we would find cost savings and more efficient ways to provide services," comments David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services for the City of Kawartha Lakes. "The Clear Bag Program delivers on that promise and ensures we all do our part to protect our natural environment."

"I would like to thank the public for their efforts making the switch to clear bags. We continue to see people recycling more and the positive response has exceeded expectations," continues Mr. Kerr. "During the first month of the program residents recycled 20% more than the previous year."

The Clear Bag Program has surpassed its goal of reducing the total amount of waste sent to landfills by 10%. In addition to the cost savings, clear bags also improve workplace safety for collectors and landfill attendants.

To further reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills the City will be offering rebates on backyard composters purchased at Municipal Service Centres. More details about the composting program will be released later in the spring.

Residents are reminded that the illegal dumping of waste and littering has a significant negative impact on our community and will not be tolerated. Anyone caught dumping or littering may be subject to a fine.

If you witness roadside dumping or littering please report it immediately by calling 1-888-822-2225 extension 1212 or e-mailing


For further information, please contact:
Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 extension 1355

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