District of Nipissing
Waste Collection

Waste Collection

Our waste management operations are governed by several provincial acts and regulations, the Township of South Algonquin‘s Waste Management By-law and individual Certificates of Approval for each waste management site.

Only waste generated from within the geographic boundaries of the Township shall be deposited in the landfill sites. Proof of civic address or demolition permit may be required.

We operate two waste management sites in the township and offer weekly waste collection

Waste collection sites are located at:

Whitney: 462 Nipissing Road

Madawaska: 6319 Highway 523


Things to remember when using waste collection:

  • Collection can be anywhere from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Place your waste at the roadside on the scheduled day of collection.
  • If waste gets scattered by animals, it is the property owners’ responsibility to clean up the waste.
  • Only household waste will be collected.
  • Approved, removable containers are permitted, provided the waste is in a garbage bag.
  • Waste must be in garbage bags and weigh less than 18.14 kg or 40 lbs.
  • Residents who store household waste in private bins or boxes will be required to remove the waste from these bins on the day of collection and put the waste at the side of the nearest Township-maintained road or public highway. Private bins must be located on private property or off of the obvious road allowance.


Landfill Site Hours of Operation:

April 3, 2024 to October 16, 2024

WEDNESDAYS – 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,

Saturday hours will be extended the following Saturdays for Spring cleanup.

April 13, 20, 27

May 4, 11, 18, 25

June 1.

Regular Saturday hours will resume on June 8

SATURDAYS – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SUNDAYS –  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  from April 21st to October 13th





Household Hazardous Waste Day

To keep harmful materials out of our landfill site, the township offers a Household Hazardous Waste Day.

This event is held annually and alternates between the Madawaska and Whitney waste disposal sites. Usually it’s held in August.

Information regarding the date and location of the next Household Hazardous Waste Day will be provided at the bottom of the page once it has been established.

Examples of item that can be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Day are:

  • Paints
  • Automotive and household batteries
  • Household medicines and old prescriptions
  • Waste oil
  • Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides
  • Pool chemicals and bleach
  • Turpentine, furniture and paint stripper, Varsol, solvents, gasoline, linseed oil, nail polish and remover, barbeque lighter fluids
  • Wood preservative, wood stains, anti-freeze, glues, window cleaners, disinfectants, rat and mouse poisons
  • Oven cleaners and drain cleaners
  • Old propane tanks
  • Aerosol containers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Florescent light bulbs and tubes
  • Mercury-containing devices

For your own protection ensure all material is safely contained to transport to the event. All materials must be plainly marked. If you are unsure about an item please contact the office.

Household Hazardous Waste Day August 6, 2022 2022-08-02

Illegal Dumping of Waste

Illegal dumping of waste is a highly visible problem and is an environmental crime. Waste dumped outside the landfill sites during non-operational hours is considered illegal dumping.

Keep the Township of South Algonquin naturally beautiful. Place waste where it belongs — in the landfills.


Items Accepted Free of Charge

At the landfill sites we accept free of charge:

Electronics: Microwaves, all small kitchen appliances, lamps, vacuums, laptops, cell phones, televisions, drills, electronic toys.

Aluminum: Please help by making sure deposited items are made from aluminum. Aluminum is not magnetic (for example soft drink cans and cat food cans).

Large appliances: All appliances are accepted. Please place fridges and freezers in a normal standing position and latching or locking doors must be removed.

Tires: Tires on rims will not be accepted.

Batteries: Most types of batteries (not car batteries) are accepted at both landfill sites. Please sort your batteries and place in the appropriate battery bin. Car batteries can be disposed at our annual Household Hazardous Waste Day. Collection kits for batteries weighing under 5 kg are also available at the municipal office.

Steel: All types of steel are accepted. This includes clean food cans.

Please see the Landfill Site Attendant prior to disposing material to ensure proper location for disposal.

Schedule of Fees By-Law 2023-768 2023-11-01

Provincial Waste Programs

The Government of Ontario has instructed existing waste programs to transfer to a Producer Responsibility Model for Tires, Batteries, Electrical Waste and Electronic Equipment, Municipal Hazardous/ Special Waste and Blue Box programs.

This means that companies that design, create and market products will be responsible for managing and paying for their products and packaging for the full life of the item.

What does this means for the Township of South Algonquin?

  • Tire program has transitioned to the new model. Residents should bring tires to the landfills. There are no tipping fees associated.
  • Battery program has transitioned. Most types of batteries are accepted and can be disposed of at the landfill sites, there are no tipping fees associated. Car batteries can be disposed at to our annual Household Hazardous Waste Day.
  • Electronics program has transitioned to the new model. Residents should bring electronics to the landfills, there are no tipping fees associated. Under the new model more items are accepted for example microwaves, all small kitchen appliances, vacuums, televisions, electronic toys etc.
  • Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste Program is set to transition on July 1, 2021. This is the program that handles our annual Household Hazardous Waste Day.
  • The future transition to the Producer Responsibility Model is ongoing. If you’re interested in learning more about the changes, there is a link to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority website below.

Staff continue to engage in this process to ensure that we are able to take advantage of new programs as they become available to us.

Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority

Reuse Area

Each landfill site in the Township of South Algonquin has a reuse area where useful items can be deposited or taken home.

Note: Scavenging from other areas in the landfill site is prohibited.

Waste Collection Calendar

The Township of South Algonquin provides weekly collection for household waste in most areas of the township.

The Township sends out the Waste Collection Calendar twice a year. The spring/summer calendar is included with the Interim Tax Bills, which is mailed to all property owners. The fall/winter calendar is circulated to post office boxes in Whitney and Madawaska.  A full size version of the current calendar can be downloaded below.

Household Waste Collection Calendar: April 2024 to Oct 2024

View or download the Waste Calendar
updated: 04/03/2024

Waste Disposal and Landfill Site Fees

Proof of demolition permit or proof of civic address number must be provided.

Type of Service


Brush, sorted construction and demolition waste from within the geographic boundaries of the Township. Half Ton Truck/Van with /without Small Trailer if brought in by resident NO CHARGE
Wood Chips from within the geographic boundaries of the Township. Half Ton Truck/Van with/without Small Trailer if brought in by resident. NO CHARGE
Tires and Shingles from within the geographic boundaries of the Township brought in by a resident NO CHARGE
Mattresses, box springs and fabric-covered furniture with metal frames or springs e.g. couches, loveseats, sofa chairs $5.00 per piece
Boats/Vessels (Residents are exempt from this fee for a registered vessel with proof of ownership and for vessels rated less than 10hp if it is brought in by the resident) $5.00/foot
Entry into Landfill Site during non-operational hours (Applies to contractor or resident)

Unauthorized landfill site entry during non-operating hours is prohibited.

If more than one after-hours entry is required, arrangements can be made to have the Landfill Attendant remain on site for the initial entry fee plus per hour rate (Applies to contractor or resident) $30.00/hr

Commercial Contractor Construction/Demolition Waste and Brush

Half-ton truck/van and small trailer (residents are exempt from this fee if brought in by resident) Sorted $5 • Unsorted $20
Large trailer Sorted $30 • Unsorted $120
Single axle Sorted $50 • Unsorted $200
Tandem Sorted $80 • Unsorted $320
Tri-axle Sorted $120 • Unsorted $500
Contaminated soil $30.00/tonne plus cost-recovery of required equipment

Blue Box Recycling Program

As of August 24th the Blue Box Recycling Program will begin at both landfill sites.

Acceptable Items

RECYCLE RIGHT: These items are acceptable in your recycling bin. Ensure all items are empty and clean.

    WHAT Empty and Clean Plastic Bottles, Containers and Cups
    WHAT Empty and Clean Bottles and Jars (All Colors)
    WHAT Empty and Clean Boxed Food and Beverage Cartons, Paper Cups
    WHAT Empty and Clean Aluminum and Steel Cans, Aluminum Foil
    WHAT Newspaper, Magazines, Printed Paper and Shredded Paper
    HOW Shredded paper in a paper bag. This is the only item that should be bagged
    WHAT Flattened and Dry Cardboard

Unacceptable Items

These items are NOT accepted with your recycling and require alternative handling.

  • Organic, kitchen, yard and animal waste.
  • Hazardous waste like paint, gas or aerosol cans, sharp objects, electronics and batteries.
  • Scrap metal, wires and cables, home and construction waste.
  • Napkins, paper towels and food soiled cardboard.
  • Styrofoam™ packaging materials and takeout food/ beverage containers.
  • Textiles, housewares, windows, ceramics, and other reusable items.
  • Large plastic products like bins or trays, pouches, plastic bags, and toys.
  • Diapers and personal hygiene products


Acceptable and Unacceptable Items – Printable Poster 2022-08-19

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Household Hazardous Waste Day 2023-07-17

Waste Task Force Members Needed


Notice for Waste Members


By-law 16-517 Waste Management 2016-11-03
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