The Town of Blind River services the community with weekly curbside garbage and recycling collection.

View our Garbage and Recycling Collection By-law, which further outlines the storage, handling, collection and disposal of waste and recyclable materials within the Town.

We work with our contractor GFL Environmental to facilitate curbside collection services. Contact the Town at 705-356-2251 Monday to Friday or GFL Environmental at 705-356-4118 Monday to Friday if you have any questions. Please leave a message if it is outside of regular business hours.

Garbage and recycling on the same truck

GFL uses a two-stream collection truck. This truck allows for both garbage and recycling to be collected in the same truck through segregated chutes.  Please see pictures and a short video below

Garbage/recycle truck 1

Garbage/recycle truck 2


Garbage/recycle truck 3

Curious to know how this works?

Follow the link to watch a short video



Garbage collection

We collect regular household waste through weekly curbside collection every Thursday. Please ensure your waste is out by 7 a.m. and is easily and safely accessible for collectors, at a maximum distance of one metre from the curb.

Garbage limits

There is a two bag limit per week, with a weight limit of 20 kg per bag. If you have any extra bags, you can purchase bag tags at our municipal office. You can bring two additional bags to the municipal landfill at no extra cost.

Using a bag tag on a garbage bag

  • Secure to the top of garbage bag. 
  • Secure the bag tag around the neck of the bag. Do not use tags as a twist tie. 
  • Make sure the full tag can be seen. 

Yard waste

We do not collect yard waste, such as leaves, brush, grass clippings, hedge trimmings and branches, through curbside collection. You can dispose of any yard waste at the municipal landfill at no charge.

Bulk pick-up

We provide pick-up services for bulky items once per month. Learn about our bulk pick-up services, fees, procedures and schedules.

Non-collectable waste

We do not accept the following items through regular curbside collection:

  • Air conditioners
  • Audio and video devices
  • Biohazardous waste
  • Carcasses or parts of any animal or bird saved for food preparation and consumption wastes
  • Caustic substances and acids
  • Cellular devices
  • Computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Construction materials
  • Copiers and copying devices
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dryers
  • Explosives
  • Flammables or volatile substances
  • Freezers
  • Herbicides
  • Image devices
  • Infected material, including dressings and bandages not placed inside a sealed and leak-free bag
  • Industrial process sludge
  • Liquid or gaseous waste
  • Live animals or birds
  • Monitors
  • Organic material which has not been drained of all liquid
  • Pagers
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Printers
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive materials
  • Refrigerators
  • Scrap metals
  • Septic tank pumping
  • Sharps not packaged and labelled in rigid containers
  • Stoves
  • Telephones and answering machines
  • Televisions
  • Tires
  • Tree trunks and stumps
  • Vehicles or vehicle parts
  • Washers
  • Yard waste
  • And all other materials, as designated by the Town

Recycling collection

Learn about our weekly curbside recycling pickup services, including schedules, items accepted, items not accepted, blue boxes and our Waste Recycling Strategy.


We operate a municipal landfill at 1182 Highway 17. Learn what types of waste you can deposit, hours of operation and disposal fees.



There is 3 ways you can dispose of your mattress at the landfill.

  1. FREE at the landfill
    If you would like to dispose of it for free you will be required to disassemble it before dropping it off.
    The metal components go to the scrap metal recycling.
    Remaining fabric/foam will go into the resident’s 2 free bags at landfill.
    Disassembly only requires a box cutter and a hammer or mallet.

By disassembling your mattress, you are helping to extend the capacity and minimize the long term costs to operate the landfill.

2. FREE recycle or reuse the mattress components yourself.
The components inside of mattresses are almost all reusable.  See the diagram below for suggestions of applications to reuse the mattress components. 

3. For a $50.00 fee
If you choose to dispose of it at the landfill without disassembling there will be a fee of $50.
This fee is charged to cover the additional capacity mattresses take up in the landfill (%400 more) and additional handling required. It is time consuming and labour intensive to handle mattresses that have not been disassembled as they are designed to resist compaction and trap landfill leachate.


Follow the link to watch a short video on how to disassemble a mattress.


Household hazardous waste

We do not collect household hazardous waste at the landfill. There is a scheduled collection date every 2 years. The next scheduled Household Hazardous Waste Day is July 27, 2024 from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Blind River Community Centre parking lot( 110 Indiana Avenue).  Please subscribe to this page and watch our news and notices for updates on the next household hazardous waste collection day.


Acceptable items

Follow the link to see what you can bring for Hazardous Waste day


During Household Hazardous Waste Day, we accept:

  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Acid or bases
  • Aerosol cans (full or partially full)
  • Alkyd and lead-based paint and stain
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive batteries
  • Barbecue propane cylinder (small green cylinder and large, 20 lb cylinder)
  • Batteries (single use)
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Car care products
  • Car wax
  • Chlorine
  • Cleaners and detergents
  • Drain cleaner
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fertilizers
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flea powder
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • Fuel
  • Garden chemicals
  • Gas
  • Glue
  • Herbicides
  • Grease (automobile)
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosene
  • Lancet (in hard, plastic containers)
  • Lighter fluid
  • Medication and pharmaceuticals
  • Mercury and thermostats
  • Motor oil
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Needles and syringes (in hard, plastic containers)
  • Oil filter
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint (full or partially full)
  • Paint thinner
  • Perfume
  • Pesticides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Salt (driveway)
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Turpentine
  • Varnishes

Items not accepted

Follow the link to see what is NOT accepted on Hazardous waste day.


We do not accept:

  • Any container greater than 20 litres
  • Asbestos products of any kind
  • Biomedical waste
  • Explosives, ammunition, firearms or flares
  • Industrial, commercial or industrial hazardous waste
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste (light ballast, etc.)
  • Radioactive waste

Why was my waste not collected?

We may not pick up your waste or recyclable materials because:

  • Recyclables were mixed with non-recyclables or waste
  • Your waste does not have a bag tag if you have more than two bags for disposal
  • Your waste weighs more than 20 kg
  • Your waste or recyclables were placed further than one metre from the curb
  • Your waste or recyclables are blocked (i.e., snowbank, parked vehicle, etc.)
  • Your waste or recyclables contain contaminated material
  • Your waste is not in a covered container or secured

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