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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

Peterborough County provides Waste Reduction Services to all  County Residents

2019 County of Peterborough Environment Day Schedule and Accepted Items

Events are open to all County residents and residents are encouraged to attend the event that best suits their schedule and needs (not all events are accepting the same suite of recyclables).

All the information is up on the Peterborough County website at  (scroll to Events). Each event has its own little nuances so while the accepted item lists aren’t exhaustive, they are fairly detailed.



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 Collection

Curbside Collection of leaf and yard materials takes place in the Spring and Fall for the areas of Bridgenorth, Ennismore (incl. Arnott & Gifford Dr., Settlement area, Emerald Isle and Youngstown), Lakefield, Woodland Acres and Terraview Heights.

Accepted items include:

  • Leaves;
  • Hedge and tree trimmings - no larger than 1m by 30cm (3' by 1');
  • House and garden plants.

Other material, such as sand, will not be accepted.

Materials may be placed in paper bags or reusable containers for collection. 

Materials in plastic bags of any kind will not be collected. 

Branches may be bundled with string no larger than 1m by 30cm (3' by 1'). 

No limit on the amount being picked up and no tags required.

Please visit the County of Peterborough website for collection dates, to view detailed route maps and for more detailed information.

For residents outside of the these pick-up areas, leaf and yard waste can be dropped off at the Township Landfill (1480 County Road 18) free-of-charge only during the Curbside Collection time frames.

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

Labour Day to Thanksgiving:

  • Saturdays - 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Thanksgiving to June:

  • Closed

June - Labour Day:

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


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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