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Recycling & Waste Events and Resources

Compost Giveaway

Each year during our Compost Giveaway, Halton Region offers compost to Halton residents, free of charge. Residents can take up to the equivalent of 7 garbage bags of compost per household.

  Date Time
Spring Monday, May 7 – Saturday, May 12, 2018 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fall Saturday, September 15, 2018 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Halton Waste Management Site - 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton (external link)

What should I bring?

  • Shovels - residents are responsible for shovelling and bagging their own compost.
  • Containers - yard waste bags, garbage bags, reusable containers, pick-up bed, trailer.
  • Donations – residents are encouraged to make a donation of non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to support local Halton food banks.

Backyard composters

Backyard composting is nature's way of recycling and a simple way to manage your household's food and yard waste. By making your own compost, you can produce high-quality fertilizer for your gardens or lawn.

You can purchase a backyard composter (2 max limit) for $15 at the Halton Waste Management Site. You will also receive a helpful Backyard Composting Guide. Cash, Debit, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. To ensure availability, call 311 before visiting the Halton Waste Management Site.

Backyard composters can also be purchased at various hardware stores.

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2019 Special Waste Drop-off Days

To make the recycling of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient for residents, Halton Region holds Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the year. Special Waste Drop-off Days are for Halton residents only. No commercial waste is accepted.

Municipality 2019 Dates Location Hours of Operation
Georgetown Saturday, April 27 Robert C. Austin Operations Centre
11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown (external link)
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Burlington Saturday, June 1 Burlington Closed Landfill
291 North Service Road, Burlington (external link)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Acton Saturday, June 8 Acton Public Works Yard
1 Commerce Crescent, Acton (external link)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Promotional & educational materials

To order promotional or educational materials for your school please fill out and submit the Promotional Materials Order Form (PDF file).


To book a free Workshop for your Community Group, Elementary or Secondary school please fill out and submit the workshop request form.

  • Community Workshops: Workshops vary in length. Groups (e.g., youth, service, cultural, religious) learn about waste reduction tactics and the waste management process—collection to recycling and landfilling.
  • Elementary School Workshops: Workshop is approx. 30 minutes for individual classes or grade division assemblies. Students learn how waste is recycled, composted or put in a landfill, how to pack a litter-less lunch and how to reduce waste in the classroom and at home.
  • Secondary School Workshops: Workshop is approx. 45 minutes. Students will learn about issues in waste management, the recycling process, composting, landfill operations and promoting recycling in the high school.

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Book a tour of the Halton Waste Management Site 

To book a free guided tour of the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) for your school or community group, e-mail or call 311.

  • Students must remain on the school bus for the duration of the tour (bus arranged by the school or community group).
  • The tour takes approximately 45 minutes and is guided by a HWMS staff member.
  • Students will see and learn about the Container Station, Household Hazardous Waste Depot, Reuse Depot, Yard Waste Composting facility, Blue Box and Green Cart transfer station, the landfill tipping face and large machines.
  • Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, subject to availability.

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Waste collection for community events

Halton Region can provide waste collection tools and assistance to ensure recycling and organic material generated at community events are diverted from the landfill.

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Additional waste resources & information

2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy: Rethinking Our Waste

Landfill Gas Collection & Utilization Project

Waste by-law

  • The Regional Municipality of Halton Waste By-law establishes and implements a single-tier waste management system throughout Halton Region.
  • Acceptable waste receptacle sizes, placement of waste at the curb, and acceptable materials are outlined in By-law 123-12 (PDF file).

Year-end report

These annual reports highlight Halton Region's residential waste diversion rate, waste tonnage information, and landfill capacity projections.

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Virtual tour of the Halton Waste Management Site

Watch the videos below to learn all about how the Halton Waste Management Site was designed and how it is operated.

The Halton Waste Management Site is Halton’s solution for the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), yard waste composting and the safe disposal of household hazardous garbage disposal.

Learn how vehicles are weighed so we know how much waste we are managing every day. Read more about Halton Waste Management Site fees.

Container Station
Learn how materials dropped off at the Container Station are reused and recycled. Read more about Container Station & Landfill Fees.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot, Paint & Stain Resue Depot, and Reuse Depot
Learn about the Household Hazardous Waste Depot, Paint & Stain Reuse Depot, and the Reuse Depot.

Yard Waste Composting
Learn how yard waste is composted into a nutrient rich, natural fertilizer. Read more about yard waste collection and the next Compost Give Away.

Transfer Station
Learn how Blue Box and Green Cart materials are brought to a transfer station before being shipped out for recycling and composting locally.

Landfill Gas Collection & Utilization System
Learn how the Halton Waste Management Site collects landfill gas like methane, and generates green energy.

Environmental Monitoring & Innovations
Learn how the Halton Waste Management Site monitors the local environment, and what innovations are in place to help protect our air, soil and water.

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