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Recycling, Composting, Hazardous Waste


Township of Selwyn
1310 Centre Line
Selwyn, ON
K9J 6X5

Phone: 705 292-9507
or 877 213-7419

For information regarding any of the following, contact the County of Peterborough:



Hazardous Waste


Recycling is administered by the County of Peterborough and collected by Progressive Waste.

If you have Recycling Collection/Pick Up concerns, please contact Progressive Waste at 705-742-4268

Recycling in the County is easy!

  • Recyclable material must be separated from your garbage.

  • Residents are requested to use 2 blue boxes, one for containers and one for fibres (paper materials).

  • Recycling is now collected on all Private Roads.

  • Recycling is collected in the Township of Selwyn on Tuesdays, except for Bridgenorth which is collected on Fridays.

The following material will not be collected:

Manufacturer's or Industrial Waste, Any explosive, hazardous or highly combustible material, Ashes, Construction debris, Sawdust and/or shavings, Liquid waste, Hay, straw and manure, Leaves, grass clippings and brush, Major appliances, Large household furnishings, Tires, any material which has become frozen to the Recyclable Rubbish container and cannot be removed by shaking.

Electronics Recycling

There is now a WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) bin located at the Selwyn Township Landfill Site. A short list of acceptable materials is:

Computers including all peripherals and cords, Computer Tablets, laptops,  All types of phones (corded, cordless, mobile, smart), Answering machines, pagers, pda's, Radios, speakers, turntables, TV's, VCR's, DVD players, blue ray, and cords (no tapes, cd's, dvd's), Cameras (digital, manual, video), Gaming devices and accessories (no game cartridges), No gasoline powered or Freon items are permitted in the bin.

Please remember to wipe any drives, etc. prior to dropping off your materials.

Mattress and Box Spring Recycling Program

Mattresses and Box Springs are banned from the Smith Landfill Site.  Please take them to the Bensfort Road Landfill Site in Peterborough, located at 1260 Bensfort Road. There is a fee. Please do not take mattresses to the Pido Road HHW Depot. Thank you!

How to Prepare Your Batteries for Recycling

Before you store or recycle your household batteries, take a look at this handy preparation guide 


Peterborough County Residents can make their own dirt by composting in their backyards or by taking food scraps to depots that have an organics program.

Backyard Composting

Composters and kitchen catchers are available for County residents to purchase at the Peterborough County Public Works office (310 Armour Road, Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm). Bear country options are available. Please call ahead to confirm price and availability.

Organics/Depot Drop-Off Program

Organics Collections (curbside and depot) are available throughout Peterborough County. Please visit County of Peterborough Recycling and Garbage to see what is available in your area.

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

There is fall leaf and yard waste pick-up for certain areas in Selwyn Township. Collection begins on Monday at 7:00AM - but may occur any day through the week. To ensure collection of your material, please have bags by the curb at 7:00AM on Monday and leave them out until they are collected.                

Bridgenorth, *NEW! - Ennismore (incl. Arnott & Gifford Dr., Settlement area, Emerald Isle and Youngstown)*, Woodland Acres & Terraview Heights:                          
  • Weeks of October 2nd, 16th, 30th and November 13th.
  • Weeks of October 9th, 23rd, November 6th and 20th.
For residents outside of the pick-up areas, leaf & yard waste can be dropped off at the Township Landfill (1480 County Rd. 18) free-of-charge from Oct. 2nd to Nov. 24th. For more information or to view detailed route maps, visit the County of Peterborough website or see the 2017 Leaf & Yard Collection Poster.

Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste

Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (also called MHSW) does not belong in the garbage or blue box recycling, as it contains toxins that are harmful to human and environmental health.

Some products are identified with hazard symbols, others such as make-up, soaps and fluorescent tubes/bulbs are not.

All of these items need careful handling to keep our land and water safe and clean.

Visit County of Peterborough Recycling and Garbage to find out more about this program.

Operating Hours of Seasonal Household Hazardous Waste Depot at Smith Landfill Site

June - Labour Day:

  • Tuesdays - 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Saturdays - 9:00 AM - 3:00PM

Labour Day to Thanksgiving:

  • Saturdays - 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Thanksgiving to June:

  • Closed


Certified to Receive:

  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive Fluids (all)
  • Batteries (all)
  • Cleaners (all)
  • Cosmetics/Makeup
  • Herbicides/Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent Lights (Bulbs & Tubes)
  • Paint & Stain
  • Thinners
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Sealants & Glues
  • Pet Care Products
  • Propane Cylinders (50kg. Max.)
  • Mercury Containing Devices
  • Soap & Toiletries
  • Motor Oil & Gasoline

Please ensure containers are properly labelled and sealed, please no containers larger than 20L.

Hazardous waste can also be taken to the Pido Road Hazardous Waste Depot - 400  Pido Road, Peterborough

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