Requirement for bag tags resumes Saturday, May 2nd. This decision was made at the Council meeting held April 27th.
April 29th – The Portland Transfer Station remains open during regular hours, Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 4:00pm. We are trying to reduce cash transactions during this time; paying by debit or credit card is much appreciated. Please also respect social distancing at the Transfer Site as well. Thank you
Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org – deadline has been extended to June 15, 2020.
Council is reviewing private road curbside collection and is asking for feedback from private road residents of the DRAFT policy, reviewed at the November 11th meeting.
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: 3 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.
Rain Barrel Sale 2020
REAL is hosting a rain barrel sale Saturday, June 13th from 9am to 4pm at the REAL Deal Store, 85 William St. W. in Smiths Falls. Proceeds from the sale will be used to expand the Monarch Butterfly Garden REAL established last year. People should order online by June 5.
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