Waste Management

Garbage & Recycling

The District of Muskoka provides waste collection services - including weekly and bi-weekly garbage collection, sorted recycling, green bin collection and seasonal yard waste collection to eligible households. There are two collection seasons - Winter and Summer, each with different collection schedules.

In the Summer months (first Monday in May until the last Friday in October), households on all roads deemed travelable receive the following:

  • Weekly Garbage Collection (2 bags weekly in Urban Areas, 3 bags weekly in Rural areas)
  • Weekly Sorted Recycling
  • Weekly Green Bin Collection (Urban Areas Only)
  • Leaf and Yard Waste Collection on Special Scheduled Dates Only (Urban/Green Bin Collection Areas Only) 

In the Winter months (balance of the year) households on year-round municipally maintained roads deemed travelable, receive the following:

  • Bi-Weekly, Every Other Week Garbage Collection (4 bags bi-weekly in Urban Areas, 6 bags bi-weekly in Rural areas) 
  • Weekly Sorted Recycling
  • Weekly Green Bin Collection (Urban Areas Only) 

The District of Muskoka is responsible for curbside collection of acceptable material, the operation of the Eveleigh Transfer Station, Hazardous Waste Event Days and Large Item Disposal Event Days. For more information regarding Waste Management or Recycling in the Township of Muskoka Lakes, please contact the District of Muskoka at 1-800-281-3483.

Visit muskokarecycles.ca for further information.


Household Hazardous Waste

For unused and expired medicines and "sharps"go to the Health Products Stewardship Association website. Type in your postal code to find a pharmacy near you that takes back these materials. Note: Sharps such as syringes, need to be placed in approved syringe disposal containers (available from your pharmacy).

  • The Health Products Stewardship Association operates programs locally through participating pharmacies to collect these products.
  • Visit your local participating pharmacy to return these products.  Find the one nearest you by visiting www.healthsteward.ca or by downloading the Recyclepedia App on your device.
  • Pharmaceuticals/medications/prescription drugs and medical sharps are household hazardous waste and should not be placed in the regular garbage collection.

Local participating pharmacy:

The Apothecary Shop
86 Joseph St, Port Carling, ON
P0B 1J0




w3cP.O. Box 129, 1 Bailey St., Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0  Phone:(705)765-3156  Fax:(705)765-6755
Municipal Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)