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Curbside Waste Collection


Providing curbside waste and recycling collection to all residents within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Together we successfully diverted 39% of all waste from our landfills in 2013.

Let’s continue to ‘Be Waste Wise and Sort it Out’!

Residential Program

A bag limit and expanded recycling program was introduced by the City of Kawartha Lakes in order to increase participation in recycling and backyard composting, and to promote reduction and reuse practices, in order to reduce waste going to our Landfills.

Garbage Collection

There is a two bag limit has been in effect. Each household is entitled to two untagged standard sized bags or containers of waste collected at curbside each week. Additional bags require a special pre-paid user pay waste tag. Tags are $3.00 each and will be sold in sheets of 5 (for $15.00) and 10 (for $30.00). Tags are available for purchase at City Municipal Service Centres, City Libraries, and at participating retail locations. Please note that tags can only be used for curbside collection.


Recycling Collection

In addition to your blue box, the City introduced a green recycling box, called the Paper Box, so that you can recycle in three easy steps.

Step One - Use your Blue Box to recycle all your containers

Put all your recyclable containers inside your blue box. No sorting, bagging or bundling is necessary. In addition to glass bottles, metal cans and #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jugs, you can now recycle #4, #5 and #6 plastics including tubs and lids, Styrofoam containers and trays, clean plastic wrap and plastic grocery bags, aluminum foil and foil trays, empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans, milk and juice cartons and drinking boxes. 

Step Two - Use the Paper Box to recycle all your paper products

Put all your paper inside the your green paper box. No sorting, bagging or bundling is necessary (except for cardboard). You can now recycle frozen food boxes, milk cartons, paper ice cream cartons, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, paper coffee cups, greeting cards, gift wrap, and soft cover and hard cover books. 

Step Three - Place your Paper Box and Blue Box out on alternating weeks

Why was it left behind?

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Curbside set out time is 7:00 AM (6:00 AM in some downtown cores). The truck may not always come at the same time every week.

What Size Is It?

  • 2 garbage bag weekly limit
  • 40 pounds or 18 kilograms per garbage bag

GarbagebagLimit.jpgOver-sized bags count as two bags of garbage. Additional pre-paid bag tags are available at all City Municipal Service Centres and participating retail locations.

Is it Contained?

You are responsible for your garbage and recycling until it is collected. To keep animals out of your garbage, please place material in a garbage can or box with a lid without bungee cords. Please do not spray bags with bleach or cayenne pepper; it’s a safety hazard to the collectors.

Is Your Containment System Clearly Marked?

If using a permanent animal proof collection box, ensure it is clearly marked when there are items to be collected from May to October. Shared containment systems require house numbers on the inside of the lid and must be no more than 7 ft or 213 cm from the travelled portion of the road.

Is it Curbside Garbage?

The following items will not be collected at the curb and can be taken to any City landfill:

  • Construction/demolition (wood, drywall, carpet, tiles, piping, etc.)

Residential Hazardous Waste must be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

Medical Waste Register

The City of Kawartha Lakes has created a Medical Waste Register for residents and medical professional who find themselves setting out waste at the curb in excess of the two-bag limit.  The purpose of this register is to offer a supply of garbage bag tags at no cost, to manage the extra waste produced due to in-home treatment.

To qualify for the Medical Waste Register

  1. Obtain/ print a copy of the Medical Waste Patient Certification Form (PDF) (Word)
  2. Complete the appropriate sections of the above form
  3. Take the above form to your medical practitioner to confirm (provide signature) that in-home treatment is taking place and extra waste may be produced. 
  4. Mail the completed form to Waste Management Department, City of Kawartha Lakes, 12 Peel Street, PO BOX 9000, Lindsay, Ontario, K9V 5R8 or email or fax 705-328-3122.

This program will only address the needs of residents undergoing medical treatment.  Large families and other individuals and/or businesses who cannot meet set out limits will not be eligible for this program.

For more information contact 705-324-9411 ext. 2360.

Illegal Roadside Dumping

Illegal roadside dumping costs everyone! Tax dollars are unnecessarily being spent on the cleanup of illegally dumped waste.

If you see illegal roadside dumping taking place, please write down the vehicle license plate number, vehicle description, location of the offence and contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Administration. The Municipal Law Enforcement Administration is located on the first floor of 180 Kent Street West in Lindsay and can be reached by calling (705) 324-9411 Ext 1212 or 1-888-822-2225 Ext 1212 during normal business hours. Complaints can also be filed at any of the Municipal Service Centres or at

The Provincial Environmental Protection Act allows for fines of up to $5000 for a first-time conviction.

Please help keep our community beautiful!  Take part in the City’s Adopt A Road Program.

Untarped Loads

Residents and Commercial haulers are reminded to ensure that loads being brought to city landfill sites are properly tarped. Untarped loads are illegal and a big source of roadside litter.

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