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District struggling to divert garbage from landfill

District struggling to divert garbage from landfill

Posted: 2023-03-01 07:52:38 By: thebay

District of Muskoka Council adopted staff proposals to help families meet new waste limitations.

The District says Muskoka's waste program must change to decrease garbage and prolong its last landfill. The District is struggling to fulfill waste diversion goals at 34%, while top municipalities in the province recycle, reduce, and divert over 60%.

The District says its waste facilities will raise garbage and other non-divertible tipping rates on March 1.

Residents can also:

Send one free weekly clear bag of diapers and incontinence items to any transfer point;

Buy five bag tags for $35 at any transfer station;

Put out one extra garbage bag (no bag tag needed) for curbside collection on their regular collection day during Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic holiday, and Labour Day long weekends.

James Steele, Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works says “These modifications will help residents as we learn to divert more materials to our blue box and green bin.”