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Waste & Recycling

The County of Peterborough is gathering data to update their Waste Management Master Plan. Your input would be appreciated. To take the waste management survey, please click here.

The Municipality of Trent Lakes has an ongoing commitment to provide our residents with environmentally responsible and cost effective solid waste management services.

Transfer Stations
Electronic Recycling
Green Bin Composting
Household Hazardous Waste
Info Sheet: Blue Box Items
Recycling Products
Trent Lakes Waste Audit Report (November 2015)

Waste reduction and recycling support programs have been established at four transfer sites at key geographical locations to encourage sustainable waste management practices and enhance municipal waste diversion activities. Many of the programs are through partnership with the County of Peterborough and allow us to offer a diversity of waste reduction programs to our residents in compliance with the Ministry of Environment Certificates of Approval unique to each site.

Waste management efficiency and practices are regularly reviewed as the Municipality of Trent Lakes continues in its commitment to environmental protection and preservation.

What Goes Where? Searchable Waste Portal Makes It Easy

If you are having difficulty determining if an item is a recyclable or normal household garbage, Peterborough County has set up a Searchable Waste Portal to assist you.

When you follow the access link below you will be taken to the Peterborough County Searchable Waste Portal page. Scroll down and select Trent Lakes on the drop down menu beside “Choose Your Area” and then type in the item you are not sure of (i.e. makeup container) and it will tell you how to dispose of that item as either garbage or as a recycle product and tell you how to prepare the item for recycling. Remember to hit the little house icon if you have more than one item to search.

Access link:  Peterborough County Searchable Waste Portal

You can also download a ‘my waste’ app which includes the searchable portable for your phone or tablets. It can be found at the above link or from the Apple App Store or Android App Google Play.

Black bears in Ontario

There are about 75,000 to 100,000 black bears in Ontario.  Black bears are active from mid-April to late fall in most parts of the province. Black bears are generally timid and avoid encounters with people but they can come into conflict with people especially when natural foods are scarce.  Black bears are large, powerful animals weighing anywhere between 45 to 280 kg (100 to 600 lbs).

Don’t intentionally feed bears

Black bears are not normally aggressive to humans however, on extremely rare occasions become dangerous.  The majority of problems occur as a result of improperly stored household garbage, pet food left outdoors, bird feeders, barbecues, composters, fruit trees, beehives, sweet corn and grain fields.  They learn to re-visit your backyard or campsite once they have determined that food can be found there.

You can help prevent problems and protect bears

Bears are often destroyed because they have become a “nuisance” or are perceived as a threat to human safety. That is why you should never intentionally feed bears or place food to attract wildlife to your yard for viewing.  Never crowd or approach a bear, it may perceive you as a threat creating it anxiety that could lead to the bear becoming reactionary. Respect that they are wild animals, with wild instincts to protect themselves and their young.

Waste Transfer Sites and bear populations

Garbage dumps provide a concentration of readily available food that often attracts bears. Bears lose their natural fear of humans through repeated exposure to people in areas where food is unintentionally provided.  In such cases, conflict with humans is inevitable.  Bears may even become destructive or dangerous.

Waste Transfer Sites will temporarily close if there is a black bear on the site during hours of operation.  This is to protect public safety.

Currently Trent Lakes uses several Ministry of Natural Resources approved bear deterrents to humanely encourage a bear to go off-site when the public is present.  The intent is not to harm the bear, but to scare it from the area and restore its natural fear of people by providing a negative experience. Please respectfully obey site attendant’s instructions.  Report a bear on-site to the attendants. NEVER APPROACH a bear. If you suddenly find a bear in your vicinity at the transfer site, DO NOT RUN, slowly back away to create a greater distance and calmly return to your vehicle and report the encounter to the attendant.

Trent Lakes makes ongoing efforts to keep the bears off-site during operating hours in order to protect the public and reduce bear encounters.

For more information on bears please check our Animal Control page or The Ministry of Natural Resources Bear Wise page

Emergency encounters: Call 911
Non-emergency encounters call the Bear Wise reporting line: 1-866-514-2327 (April 1st to November 30)