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Curbside Waste and Recycling Collection

The Municipality of Central Manitoulin offers curbside collection for household waste and recycling throughout the municipality to residences and commercial entities. Curbside collection and hauling services are provided through an external contractor.

Household pick up for the Municipality of Central Manitoulin occurs weekly on Wednesday. Items must be placed at curbside by 6:00 a.m. on collection day to receive service. Private lanes will not be travelled.

Recycling pick-up occurs weekly but alternates between fibre and co-mingle according to the garbage and recycling pick-up calendar.

All waste must be deposited in clear bags weighing no more than 40 lbs and not to exceed 30” by 38”. The use of clear bags is mandatory. Collection may be refused if bags are non-compliant.

Residences using a common collection point at the end of a private road, or those using specialized containers or boxes to prevent pests must ensure that their container is approved. Contact the municipality to make sure that you continue to receive service.

Curbside collection is not provided for construction and demolition waste. Small loads of construction and demolition waste can be brought by the resident to the Providence Bay Transfer Station for disposal. Tipping fees apply. Please not that as of June 1st, 2023, the municipality can no longer accept large loads of construction and demolition waste over 10 cubic yards. Residents or businesses with loads exceeding this volume must make arrangements at the construction site for a bin and must haul their waste directly to the private landfill site in Espanola.

Residential pick-up

Each residence is permitted to place two bags of household waste per week at curbside for collection. Residences who exceed this limit must purchase bag tags and attach them to their additional bags of waste. Two additional tagged bags can be picked up at curbside (for a total of four bags at curbside). All other tagged bags must be brought by the resident to either the Providence Bay Transfer Station or the Big Lake Transfer Station.

Commercial Pick-Up

Eligible businesses are permitted to place up to eight bags per week of household-type waste per commercial property at curbside for collection. Industrial or construction type waste is not collected at curbside. Businesses that expect to exceed this limit must purchase bag tags and bring additional bags to the Providence Bay Transfer Station.

Commercial entities using front-end bins for curbside service should contact the municipality for more details about additional hauling and tipping fees that apply.

There is no bag limit for recycling at curbside and no bag tags are required for recycling. Curbside pick-up alternates between co-mingle (plastics and cans) one week and fibre (carboard, paper, etc.) the next week.

Check out the garbage and recycling pick-up calendar.

Curbside collection is not provided for electronics waste, as they are diverted from the waste stream by a designated recycler through the EPRA – Electronic Products Recycling Association. Electronics for the e-waste recycling stream must be brought by the resident to the Providence Bay Transfer Station for disposal in the e-waste recycling container.

These are the items that are collected through the e-waste recycling program.

Curbside collection is not provided for furniture, bulky items and large appliances. They must be brought by the resident to the Providence Bay Transfer Station for disposal. Tipping fees apply.

Household pick up for the Municipality of Central Manitoulin occurs weekly on Wednesday. Items must be placed at curbside by 6:00 a.m. on collection day to receive service. Private lanes will not be travelled.

Curbside pick-up  of recycling occurs weekly, and alternates between co-mingle (plastics and cans) one week and fibre (carboard, paper, etc.) the next week.

Check out the garbage and recycling pick-up calendar.

Garbage bag tags are required on all bags of waste that are taken to the either the Providence Bay Transfer Station or the Big Lake Transfer Station.

Bag tags cost $3.50 per tag and may be purchased at the Municipal Office during open hours using debit, credit, or cash. Bag tags are also available to purchase at the transfer station sites. Please note that only cash is accepted at the transfer stations.

Don’t throw hazardous waste in the garbage, down the sink or in the sewer! Hazardous Waste is not collected at curbside but the Municipality partners with other island municipalities to host an annual Household Hazardous Waste Day every July, and some items, such as paint, batteries and light bulbs, can be brought to the Providence Bay Transfer Station for disposal year round.

Check back for the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

Recycling is mandatory. All waste must be sorted. Unsorted bags placed at curbside will not be picked up. Unsorted loads taken to the transfer stations will be sorted on-site by the resident or may be turned away.

Recycling pick-up occurs weekly but alternates between fibre and co-mingle according to the garbage and recycling pick-up calendar.

During fibre week the following items are collected:

  • Newsprint
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Telephone books
  • Household fine paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Boxboard
  • Gable Top Cartons
  • Aseptic Containers

During the co-mingle week the following  items are collected:

  • Aluminum food or beverage cans.
  • Aluminum Foil and Trays.
  • PET Bottles (#1)
  • HDPE Containers (#2)
  • Tubs and lids (#2, #4, #5)
  • Other bottles and containers (numbers #1 through #6 only)
  • Steel Food and Beverage Cans

Please note that the following items are not currently recyclable in the municipality.

  • No glass of any kind
  • No paper laminates
  • No Thermoform PET (#1), clamshells or other clear plastic containers not listed in the accepted materials.
  • No plastic film (LDPE/HDPE #2 & #4) or gift wrap
  • No plastic laminates
  • No polystyrene Foam (#6)
  • No Polystyrene Crystal (#6)
  • No plastic bags including grocery, milk or bread bags

Although the municipality is not currently able to offer glass recycling, the Provincial government has introduced a new regulatory framework that will be implemented by 2026 which is intended to standardize the list of materials that is recycled for residents across Ontario and glass is supposed to be included in the new list of materials. Visit the Circular Materials website for more information on the transition to producer responsibility.

Place your waste and recycling in approved containers:

  • In a visible location on the ground as close as possible to the roadway (not behind shrubs, fences or snowbanks).
  • On level ground 3 to 5 feet from the curb or roadside.

Do not place items on top of snowbanks. Shovel an area that is flat and place your item there to prevent items from falling, slipping or tipping over.

Do not place items on the sidewalk or travelled portion of the roadway. The roadway and sidewalks must be kept clear for maintenance crews to perform their work. This is especially important during the winter months.

Residences on private roads are responsible to bring their waste to the municipal road allowance at the end of the private road in order to access curbside service.

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