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Council has confirmed that no changes will occur to the recycling program for 2019.  This means that the materials accepted and the approach to sorting remains the same. 

If you are unsure of any aspect of the program please refer to the 2019 Information Calendar or call Amy at Ext. 285. 

Please disregard the waste and recycling information contained in the Spring and Summer Community and Leisure Services Brochure.  It is not correct. 

Council will continue to monitor the program, external market pressures and new provincial legislation through the balance of 2019.  Changes to the program, if any, in future years will be noticed to all residents well in advance.

2019 Alternating Recycling Calendar PDF

Information Calendar PDF

For waste and Recycling questions, contact Amy Schur, Public Works Administrative Assistant Ext. 285, contact details on Staff page.

All households are entitled to weekly curbside collection for regular household waste and recycling.

Waste Limit: 2 clear bags – tags required.

Recycling Limit: 5 blue bags – no tags required.

Weight Limit: 40lbs/bag

All bags must be out by 7:00am

Large items must be taken to the Portland Transfer Station.

Businesses do not receive curb-side collection and must dispose of their waste & recycling at the Portland Transfer Station.


Most people are committed to keeping the area around their homes looking great and free of litter. “PITCH-IN RIDEAU LAKES” is an annual program that gives us a chance to join together, expand our areas and set an example to others that we truly care about the beauty and safety of our environment. With over 600 Kilometers of public roads in our Township, we need you! Think of the cumulative effort if every resident picks up one bag of garbage! Invite your friends, family members, neighbours, groups/clubs and organize a day of “pitch-in” in Rideau Lakes. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who pitch-in every year!

Participate in Rideau Lakes PITCH-IN Week every April and keep your Township looking great. PITCH-IN bags are free to volunteers and can be obtained at the Township Office and Libraries. Pick up roadside litter, place it in a PITCH-IN bag and set it out for free collection on your regular day (no bag tag required). Only pitch-in litter will be picked up, do not put your household waste in the yellow bag.

Contact Amy, Ext. 285, for more information.  Contact details on Staff page.

Rideau Lakes introduced the PITCH-IN program in 2000, and from there it has grown into an annual event, township-wide!

Diverting from Landfill

If an item still has life left in it, divert it from landfill. It is our goal to divert as much as possible, if it can still be used. As an alternative to throwing it away, donate your gently used/reusable materials and make your trash someone else’s treasure. Diversion Options