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Special Notices – Temporary COVID-19 Precautions (as of October 1, 2020)

Haliburton, Harcourt, and West Guilford Landfills accept payment by debit card, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Due to COVID-19, cash is NOT accepted.

Existing business charge accounts can dispose of construction and demolition waste at Haliburton, Harcourt, and West Guilford Landfills.

By reducing, reusing and recycling, you help protect the environment and extend the lifespans of our landfills.


Learn how to pack a waste-free lunch!

Plastics Reduction Challenge final report (2019, Fleming College’s Sustainable Waste Management Program)

Plastic Waste & Litter Reduction final report (2020, Fleming College’s Sustainable Waste Management Program)


Haliburton 4Cs Lily Ann Thrift Store (donations by appointment only)

SIRCH Community Services’ Repair Cafés (temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)

Thrift Warehouse


Recycling practices and transparent garbage bags are mandatory in the Municipality of Dysart et al in order to maximize the diversion of waste from our landfills. Failure to follow these policies will result in additional disposal fees.

Papers, Plastics, Packaging and Containers

Organic Waste (food waste and composting)

Electronic Waste


Special and Household Hazardous Waste

Sharps and Medications

Construction and Demolition Material, Scrap Metal, White Goods, Furniture

Read more about our Education and Awareness Campaign, where we provide tips and tricks on reducing your impact on the environment. Watch an educational video on our landfills and recycling measures, find out where you can donate gently used items, learn the proper way to compost and bear country, and much more!

In Dysart et al, recycling needs to be sorted separately into papers and containers

» Papers, Plastics, Packaging and Containers «

View Dysart et al’s Recycling Guide

In Dysart et al, recycling must be separated into Containers and Papers. Download posters for Recycling (Containers), Recycling (Papers), and Garbage.

✅ Recycling (Containers)
rinse all containers and ensure they are clean of liquids or food

– Plastic bottles, tubs, containers (caps can be left on)
– Metal beverage cans, metal food cans
– Aluminum foil and trays
– Cartons
– Glass bottles and jars
– Styrofoam (food and drink only)
– Plastic bags (clean, dry, empty)

✅ Recycling (Papers)
– Boxboard
– Newspapers
– Magazines and catalogues
– Paper (office, mixed, writing)
– Envelopes (including ones with windows)
– Corrugated cardboard (flatter)
– Brown paper bags
– Paper egg cartons, paper take-out trays
– Toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls

Turn food scraps into compost

» Organic Waste (food waste and composting) «

Fill-in Abbey Gardens/Trent University survey about backyard composting.

Interested in reducing your impact on the environment by cutting your waste output by 20% or more?

Composters ($39 flat fee) and digesters ($83 flat fee) are now available for purchase at the Haliburton Landfill. Read more about the differences between composters and digesters.

Learn more about how to compost here. For more information on the compost units available, please visit the FreeGardenTM Earth website here.

Learn how to use a digester here. For more information on the digester units, please visit The BardmaticTM Digester website here. Installation and maintenance instructions for this unit can be found here.

Concerned about wildlife? Unlike digester units, which are enclosed systems that break down organic waste without air, compost bins require aeration to function properly. Bears find food with their noses, so precautions must be taken when composting in bear country. Check out the link below to learn more.

Backyard Composting

Click to view Backyard Composting info

Recycle electronics including monitors and computers

» Electronic Waste «

Electronic waste accepted free of charge at Haliburton, Harcourt, Kennisis Lake, and West Guilford Landfills.

This service is provided through our partnership with Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program. Please click here for a complete list of acceptable items or visit for more information.

Recycle tires

» Tires «

Tires of any size on or off rim are accepted free of charge at the Haliburton Landfill or Harcourt Landfill.

🡆 Visit to find other locations that accept tires for recycling.

» Construction & Demolition, Scrap Metal, White Goods, Furniture and Other Various Materials «

Please refer to the Disposal Fees and Prohibited Materials page for details on the fees associated with the disposal of these materials.

Cleaning supplies in bottles lined up in a row

» Special Waste and Household Hazardous Waste «

View Dysart et al's Household Hazardous Waste Days 2020

View Dysart et al’s Household Hazardous Waste Days 2020

Three Household Hazardous Waste Days are hosted for Dysart et al rate payers to capture the greatest amount of toxic and hazardous waste as possible to be sent for safe disposal:

Saturday, July 11, 2020
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Haliburton Landfill, 222 Industrial Park Road, Haliburton

Saturday, August 15, 2020
9 a.m. to 12 noon
Harcourt Landfill, 1123 Packard Road, Harcourt

Saturday, September 19, 2020
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
West Guilford Landfill, 11903 Hwy 118, West Guilford

Read more about our 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Days.

Materials Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Days
– Aerosol cans & solvents (varsol, paint thinners, etc.)
– Automotive fluids
– Auto batteries
– Cleaners (bleach, oven cleaner, etc.)
– Latex and oil paints
– Finishing products (oil, glue, etc.)
– Fluorescent and CFL Light Bulbs
– Gasoline (containers NOT returned)
– Household batteries
– Paint (latex and oil)
– Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
– Photographic chemicals
– Pool chemicals
– Printer toner and ink jet cartridges
– Propane cylinders
– Propane tanks
– Used motor oil

Not Accepted
– Industrial, commercial, institutional hazardous waste (ie, from businesses, camps, contractors, etc.)
– Sharps (needles, syringes, lancets)
– PCBs
– Radioactive waste
– Pathological waste

In addition to our Household Hazardous Waste Days, Special Waste can be dropped off at our landfills at any time. These Special Waste materials include:

– Antifreeze containers – 30 litres or less (empty only)
– Household batteries
– Oil containers – 30 litres or less (empty only)
– Propane cylinders (empty only)
– Propane tanks (empty only)

Sharps and medications

» Sharps and Medications «

Sharps (needles, syringes, lancets) and medications (prescription, over-the-counter) do NOT go in your recycling or garbage.

Most pharmacies accept medications and sharps for safe disposal. Sharps must be in an approved bio-medical waste container.

🡆 Visit for drop-off locations.


The Environment and Green Energy Committee of the Municipality of Dysart et al collaborated with the Department of Public Works to create Trash Talk – an educational video promoting local landfill and recycling programs. Remember if you aren’t sure, ask the Landfill Attendant. They always give good advice.


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