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Waste Management

By-Law – 6396-14 -Solid Waste Management

Waste Collection


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Time & Placement:

  • Recyclables must be placed at curbside by 7:30 a.m. on the day of collection.
  • During winter months, please do not place blue boxes behind, on top, or in the side of snow banks.
  • Recyclables must be sorted into the appropriate blue box (Box 1 – Fibres/Paper & Box 2 – Plastics/Glass/Tin) in order for the contractor to collect the materials.
  • The contractor will not collect mixed materials (i.e. Paper & Glass).
  • Recyclables must be contained within an approved container, such as the blue boxes provided by the Town, or a container or cardboard box of similar size and shape.
  • Garbage cans are not a suitable container for recyclables as it is assumed that they contain garbage.
  • Only shredded paper will be collected in a clear plastic bag.

Visual Sorting and Bin Guide

Box 1 – Fibres (paper materials)

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Boxboard – cereal, detergent, tissue boxes, greeting cards
  • Paper – bags, cups, egg cartons, newspapers, flyers, envelopes, tissue paper, magazines, office paper, phone books, junk mail
  • Pizza Boxes: Remove the liner of pizza box (if used). If clean, place in your blue box to be recycled. If the bottom is dirty, tear apart the box and place the bottom in the garbage and clean top in the blue bin.

Box 2 – Comingled (plastic, glass, etc.)

Styrofoam is no longer accepted

Note: Plastic Bags No Longer Accepted in the Blue Box

As of August 4th, plastic bags and other plastic films will no longer be required / permitted to be placed in recycling. All plastic bags and soft plastic films should be directed to your garbage. Blue boxes placed at the curbside containing plastic bags and soft plastic films will not be collected.

All other containers must be placed loosely in your recycling bin, items in bags will not be taken. 

  • Cartons (gable top) – milk & juice cartons/boxes, tetra paks
  • Aluminum – cans, foil, containers (No foils fused with paper, wax, or plastic)
  • Plastic – bottles, jugs, tubs, lids (type #1 – #7)
  • Plastic film – grocery, outer milk and bread bags (all bags must be placed in single bag and tied shut)
  • Glass – clear glass bottles and jars
  • Empty aerosol cans

Blue Box – Restricted Materials

  • Wood, hardcover novels, oil containers, drinking glasses, ceramics, window panes, mirrors, light bulbs, plastic light covers, molded plastics, plastic film from cereal/cookie containers, chip bags, household hazardous waste (HHW).

Blue Boxes & Compost Bins are available for purchase at the Town Hall – 105 Elgin Street West, Arnprior, ON.


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Time & Placement

  • Garbage must be placed at the curbside after 7 pm the evening prior to collect but by 7:30 a.m. on the day of collection
  • During winter months, please do not place garbage bags/containers behind, on top, or in the side of snow banks.


  • Large items (stoves, refrigerators, furniture, mattresses, hot water tanks, automotive parts, scrap metal) will not be collected from the curbside. These items may be disposed of at the Arnprior Waste Disposal Site. Tipping fees apply.
  • Garbage will not be collected if it contains recyclables, large quantities of dog or cat feces, items not properly contained, loose ashes and/or sawdust, Household Hazardous Waste, is overweight, oversized, over the limit, or contains Leaf & Yard Waste.

Bags, Containers, Sizes, Weights, & Limits:

  • Maximum of Two (2) Bags Every Week
  • The maximum weight for each Bag or Container is 50 lbs (22.7 kg)
  • All Overweight Bags/Containers will not be collected
  • The maximum sized Bag – approximately 26” x 32” and Container – approximately 67 L
  • All oversized bags/containers must be tagged
  • Additional ‘bag tags’ for disposal of extra garbage at the curbside may be purchased at the Town Hall, the Library, or the Nick Smith Center for $3.00

bunch of Duracell batteries

Battery and cell phone recycling program

Boxes can be found at the Nick Smith Center, Town Hall

Step 1: Determine if the battery can be recycled

  • Batteries are commonly found in power tools, cellular & cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, etc.
  • All cell phones can be recycled!
  • Batteries more than 5 kg cannot be recycled through this program.

Step 2: Packaging the battery(s)

  • Cell phone must be placed in an individual plastic bag. Only place one cell phone per plastic bag.
  • Household batteries of the same type (e.g. alkaline batteries) can be placed in one bag.
  • Remove the plastic strip from the top of the bag, fold flap, and seal.

Step 3: Placement of packaged battery(s)

  • Once the battery is properly sealed within the plastic bag, drop the bag into the box provided.
  • Do not place loose batteries or cell phones in the box. Loose batteries placed incorrectly in this collection box could short-circuit and cause fires. Used batteries may have a residual charge that could cause a dangerous short-circuit.

Batteries weighing more than 5 kg are considered Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and should not be mixed with regular curbside garbage. The Town of Arnprior participates in a summer HHW depot program at the Renfrew Landfill – May to August. These batteries may also be accepted at participating retail facilities.

pile of old tv's and computers

What is E-Waste?

Computer towers, printers, scanners, keyboards, phones, fax machines, monitors, CDs, laptops, and other electronic devices.

The Arnprior Waste Disposal Site accepts E-waste for Free!

Download a list of accepted e-waste items.

paint cans

Hazardous materials

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are harmful to humans and the environment. HHW must be disposed of in a responsible, controlled manner. Please do not dispose of HHW in your regular garbage.

HHW can be brought to:

  • Renfrew Waste Disposal Site, located at 376 Bruce Street, Renfrew, ON.The site is currently closed for the season and will re-open in May 8, 2021.
    Days of Operation Hours of Operation
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Thursday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

    Materials that are accepted at the Renfrew Waste Disposal Site include: Paints, stains, varnish, solvents (Turpentine, Disin-fectants, Household Cleaners, Bleach, Oven and Drain Clean-ers, Furniture Stripper, Ammo-nia Etc.), Pesticides: Herbicides, Pesti-cides and Insecticides, Weed Killers, pool cleaners, propane tanls, used oil, brake fluid, gasoline, anti-freeze, batteries, oil filters).

  • Rona Home Centre: any brand of latex, oil (alkyd), enamel or other paints, metal or anti-rust paints, aluminum paint, stains, varnish, urethane, spray paint cans, wood preservative, masonry paint. Note: Paint products must be in original container; Rona does accept 4 foot or less fluorescent tubes and CFL light bulbs (please call Rona if you have any questions)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart: pharmaceuticals & syringes **
  • Rexall Pharmacy: pharmaceuticals & syringes **
  • Clancy’s Drug Store: pharmaceuticals

** NOTE: Syringes brought back to these locations must be stored in approved bio-hazardous containers. The containers will not be returned.

compost pile


What can be composted?

  • Fruit scraps
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Rice, stale bread, pasta
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags
  • Paper napkins
  • Sawdust & wood shavings
  • Dried leaves & small twigs
  • Dried grass & weeds
  • Hedge clippings
  • Plant trimmings & flowers

What can’t be composted?

  • Meat (and scraps) & fish
  • Dairy Products (milk, cheese)
  • Bones
  • Fats & oils
  • Cat/dog waste
  • Barbecue charcoal
  • Chemically treated matter
  • Poison Ivy or other toxic plants
  • Litter box materials
  • Plastic and metal materials
  • Grease

What is backyard composting?

Composting is a natural decomposition of organic matter that results in a dark, earthy material. Backyard composting is an easy way to reduce household waste while improving the nutrient value of garden and potting soil.

Why Bother with Backyard composting?

  • Compost is a cost-free, chemical-free soil enricher that provides plants with required nutrients
  • Can lower water bills by enhancing water conservation in soil
  • Strengthens root structure in plants
  • Promotes weed and erosion control and reduces air pollution
  • Reduces emissions of methane gas in landfills and reduces air pollution that is created when waste is transported
  • Reduces household garbage by 1/3

Tips and Tricks

  • Avoid attracting animals and flies by using a container with a tight fitting lid
  • When possible, chop larger materials into smaller pieces
  • Keep materials as moist as a squeezed out sponge

Types of Compost Bins

Heap Composting: materials are piled on top of each other directly on the ground. The pile can be added to or a new pile can be formed in another location. Heaps tend to sprawl and shrink to short mounds.

Wooden Bin: with wood planks or pallets, create a box with no top and have the bottom of the box as either a hole in the ground, wiring or wood planks or pallets. The top can be covered by a plastic material to reduce moisture loss and keep out rain and snow.

Wire Bin: use prefabricated fence wire to create a cylinder shape with no top and a bottom of either wiring or simply a hole in the ground. If desired, the cylinder can be lined with a material that allows air flow, such as landscaping fabric. The top can be covered with a plastic material to reduce moisture loss and keep out rain and snow.

Plastic Compost Bin: pre-made bins that can be purchased at a local hardware or garden-type store. Compost bins are also available for $43.20 at Arnprior Town Hall.


Will composting smell? Compost has a pleasant aroma; however, foul odours may occur if there is a lack of oxygen or the material is too wet. Turning the compost pile can minimize chance of odours.

How long will it take to compost? The decomposition of organic material can take anywhere from two weeks to two years. The decomposition time depends on how effectively the material is turned, what the moisture content is, and the internal / external temperatures.

Can composting continue through the winter? Households can continue to compost through the winter. The decomposition process will slow down and the material will freeze, but the pile will become active again in the spring.


What is grasscycling? Grasscycling is the process of recycling grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn where they can break down naturally. This natural process helps return nutrients back into the soil, reducing the need for fertilizers and lawn watering.


  • Reduces waste, as well as thatch, and increases lawns resistance to disease, drought and insects
  • Releases valuable nutrients, adds water-saving mulch, and encourages natural soil aeration by earthworms
  • 50% of lawn’s fertilizer needs are met, reducing time and money spent fertilizing
  • Reduces water bills by conserving water because clippings hold moisture in the lawn
  • Mowing time is reduced since bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated
  • Reduces the volume of yard waste entering landfills

Tips and facts:

  • Avoid excess watering and fertilizing; this can be destructive to the lawn
  • Grass clippings contain 85% – 90% water content
  • Do not cut grass during a drought or when grass is wet
  • Mow lawn using sharp blades to reduce clumping