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Residential Program

Details on the Garbage and Recycling Collection Program for Residential Property

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 $2.00 each and will be sold in sheets of 5 (for $10.00) and 10 (for $20.00). Tags are available for purchase at City Municipal Service Centres, City Libraries, and at participating retail locations.


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

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