Landfill and Waste Management

Waste Management in Dysart is taking on a whole new life as Council and staff continuously develop and implement new strategies to reduce the amount of waste going into our local landfills.  In the past few years, several new initiatives including the free tire program, the free e-waste program, household battery recycling and household hazardous waste days have helped to extend the life of our landfills.

There are five landfill sites located throughout the Muncipality.  They are located in Haliburton, Harcourt, West Guilford, Kennisis Lake and West Bay in the Fort Irwin area.  Each landfill is unique in terms of the hours of operations and the types of materials that are accepted for recycling, etc.  For example, tires on or off rim can be disposed of for free, but only at the Haliburton or Harcourt Landfill.

Landfill user identification cards must be shown at landfill sites.  Two free landfill cards are inserted with the final tax bill for each business or assessed parcel of land every two years.  If you are a property owner, you will receive replacement cards every two years.   Two free replacement cards may be issued within the two year period if the first set has been misplaced, but after that, an additional charge of $25 per card will be charged for each additional landfill card required.

LandfillWhile it is the responsibility of property owners to provide landfill user identification cards to their tenants, temporary cards my be obtained by owners, occupants or tenants by providing a $25 deposit, which will be refunded when the card is returned within a set amount of time.  In order to issue a temporary card, we require proof of occupancy by provision of sufficient information to allow staff to identify the parcel of land in question.

Tipping fees must be paid by cash at the kiosk prior to dumping or by pre-approved tipping account. To set up an account complete and submit the Credit Application ( to the Treasury Department in advance for approval.

Cottage Kits are available for purchase at the landfills and the Municipal Office.  They are a great way to ensure that people renting your cottage manage their garbage and recycling properly.   The Cottage Kit contains a one-time use landfill pass, recycling bags, a garbage bag and information on how to access Dysart et al landfills and much more.  See the link on the side bar for more information.

Waste Diversion and Reduction Highlights

Recycling is mandatory in all Dysart et al landfills.

Transparent bags must be used for household garbage at all landfills.

Tires are accepted free of charge at the Haliburton or Harcourt Landfill through our partnership with the Ontario Tire Stewardship Program.  Any size and on or off rim.

E-Waste is accepted free of charge at all landfill sites through our partnership with Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program.  For a complete list of acceptable items, please refer to the document on the sidebar.

Orange Drop is an industry-funded recycling program that allows the return of designated materials to local municipal depots.    Please check with the landfill attendant regarding where to drop off household batteries, empty propane cylinders and empty plastic oil and solvent containers.

Household Hazardous Waste Events are held during peak season at the Haliburton and Harcourt Landfill sites to capture the greatest amount of toxic and hazardous waste as possible to be sent for safe disposal.   At these events, we collect latex and oil paints, wood finishing products, used motor oil; automotive batteries; propane tanks and cylinders; chemical cleaners, aerosol cans, solvents, pesticides and herbicides, pool and photographic chemicals, florescent light tubes, etc.   Note:  Industrial hazardous waste is not accepted.  See Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste on the sidebar for a complete listing.

Landfill Education and Awareness initiatives have been developed in partnership with the Department of Public Works and the Environment and Conservation Committee.   Members of the Committee and municipal staff attended various landfills throughout the past year with the goal of reaching out to residents to educate and encourage waste reduction and better recycling habits. If you’d like more information on best practices please see the Recycling Guide on the sidebar.

Diversion is also being profiled as the Environment and Conservation Committee has demonstrated some unique projects that have been created out of diverted landfill materials including our annual Re-purposing Competition.