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Spring clean-up opportunities within the City of Kawartha Lakes

May 2, 2016 - As temperatures warm up and spring cleaning begins there are a number of resources available to support residents throughout Kawartha Lakes. The City’s Waste Management department is implementing several spring programs to encourage recycling and improve customer service. Programs include: Spring Leaf and Yard waste curbside collection, Drop in the Bucket – Paint Reuse Program, Round Up Days and Curbside Battery Pickup.

A full listing of Waste Management programs is available online:  https://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/solid-waste-services, and in the 2016 Recycling & Waste Collection Calendar, which can be picked up for free at any Municipal Service Centre.

Summer Landfill Hours Commence May 1

An annual sign of the arrival of spring is the change to the hours of operation at three of the City of Kawartha Lakes landfill facilities. Starting May 1, the Eldon, Laxton, and Somerville landfill sites will be open longer to accommodate spring and summer activity.

 

Eldon

Laxton

Somerville

Mon

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11 – 5

Tues

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Wed

9 – 5

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Thurs

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11 - 5

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Fri

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11 – 5

Sat

11 – 5

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11 - 5

Sun

11 - 5

11 - 5

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To further serve the needs of the community, Eldon, Laxton, and Somerville will be open on the following summer holiday Mondays from 11 am – 5 pm: Victoria Day (May 23), the Civic Holiday (August 1), and Labour Day (September 5). All landfill facilities will be closed on Canada Day, Friday, July 1.

Leaf and Yard Waste

Spring Leaf and Yard curbside collection will occur once in the spring, residents should take careful note of changes to their pick-up schedule:

If your regular collection day is Monday or Wednesday, your leaf and yard waste will be collected on: Friday, June 3.

If your regular collection day is Tuesday or Thursday, your leaf and yard waste will be collected on: Friday, May 20.

If residents miss their Leaf and Yard collection day, they can take leaf and yard waste to any the City of Kawartha Lakes landfill sites year round, free of charge.

Leaf and Yard material must be contained within brown paper yard waste bags or neatly bundled with string or jute (maximum 3ft. /90 cm in length, less than 40 lbs/18 kgs in weight). Branches must be less than 3 inches in diameter. Plastic bags will not be accepted.

The following items will not be accepted during Leaf & Yard Curbside Collection: Christmas trees, grass clippings, sod, soil, root balls (from planters), stumps and branches over 3 inches in diameter and / or 36 inches in length. These must be brought to a landfill site; charges may apply.

Drop in the Bucket – Paint Reuse Program

The City of Kawartha Lakes Drop in the Bucket Paint Reuse Program keeps usable paints (and stains) from being disposed of unnecessarily by making them available to residents for free!

From May 1 to October 15, residents can drop off or pick up paint and stain at the Fenelon Falls and Lindsay Ops Landfill (Household Hazardous Waste Depot).

 “We often get small quantities of perfectly good paint and stain dropped off at our facilities as the resident bringing it in will no longer have a use for it,” says Heather Dzurko, Waste Management Operations Supervisor. “Now, through our Drop in the Bucket Paint Reuse Program, it can be taken home by others and put to good use.”

Be sure to visit the Waste and Recycling section of the City of Kawartha Lakes website to learn of the special conditions that apply.

Round-Up Days

Four Environment Round-Up Day events will occur throughout the spring and summer. Hazardous Household Waste, electronics, and bulky plastics, can be dropped off at the events free-of-charge. Please check the list of accepted items online before arriving. https://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/solid-waste-services/round-up-days

Backyard Composters will be available for sale during Round-Up Days at regular price with a free kitchen catcher provided while supplies last.

Environment Round-Up Days will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at the following locations:

Lindsay - Saturday, June 11
Fleming College, 200 Albert Street South, Lindsay

Coboconk - Saturday, June 25 
Roads Depot, 2863 CKL Road #48, Coboconk

Fenelon Falls - Saturday, July 9
Fenelon Falls Community Centre, 27 Veteran’s Way, Fenelon Falls

Bobcaygeon - Saturday, July 23
Bobcaygeon Public School, 30 Balaclava Street, Bobcaygeon

Curbside Battery Pick Up

Curbside battery pick up provides a convenient way for residents to safely recycle dead household batteries in an environmentally friendly way.

Bags to collect batteries will be left in your blue box June 13-17 and extra bags will be available at landfill sites and service centres for those residents who do not receive a bag or who would like additional bags. The curbside collection will occur the week of September 12-16 (paper recycling week).

Residents will put their waste/recycling out on their regular collection day and should place their battery bag on top of their paper box to ensure the driver’s see the bag. If residents do not have any waste or recycling to place out the week of collection they can still place the battery bag at the curb and it will be collected. Lantern batteries are also accepted as part of the collection program.

Automotive batteries are NOT accepted and will be left at the curb.

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 For further information, please contact:

Heather Dzurko
Waste Management Operations Supervisor
City of Kawartha Lakes Parks, Solid Waste Services
705-324-9411 extension 1133
hdzurko@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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