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Recycling & Waste Events and Resources


Learn about Halton Waste Management Site events, workshops, tours and additional resources.

COVID-19 update

  • The Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) will remain open during regular business hours, with some service suspensions in place. Learn more about drop-off services at the HWMS.
  • HWMS tours are suspended until further notice.
  • All waste events, including Special Waste Drop-off Days and the Fall Compost Giveaway, are cancelled for 2020.

Thank you Halton residents for your waste diversion efforts! Through your participation in Halton’s Blue Box, Green Cart and other waste diversion programs, the Halton Waste Management Site celebrated 25 years of service in 2017. The landfill is now projected to remain open until the year 2044 – over 30 years longer than expected!

See how you can take advantage of additional services and educational opportunities organized by Halton Waste Management.

Recycling and Waste Events

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.

Compost giveaway

Collected yard waste and leaves are processed into nutrient-rich, natural compost. Come take advantage of Halton Region's free compost giveaway at the Halton Waste Management Site. Residents may pick up the equivalent of 7 bags of compost per household.

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 or trailer for hauling
  • Donations - non-perishable food items or monetary donations to support local food banks are encouraged

Backyard composters

  • Produce high-quality fertilizer for your garden or lawn by composting your food and yard waste in your own backyard
  • Purchase a composter (limit 2 per household) for $15 each at the Halton Waste Management Site. Call 311 to confirm availability.
  • Composters can also be purchased at select hardware stores

Recycling and Waste Calendar

There are no upcoming events.


Halton offers waste education workshops to schools, youth, service, cultural and religious clubs and organizations, as well as businesses to learn about the 3 Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. To book a free workshop for a community group or school, fill out and submit the workshop request form. Halton is providing workshops through video conferencing until further notice to support the containment of COVID-19.

Promotion & Education Material

To order posters or other promotional material for your school or community group please fill out the Promotional Material order form (PDF file).


  • For all ages and groups
  • Approximately 45 minutes long
  • Workshops provided through video conferencing until further notice
  • Waste reduction ideas
  • Waste management processes (collection, recycling, landfilling, and end use)

Elementary School

  • Approximately 30 minutes long
  • Workshops provided through video conferencing until further notice
  • Learn how waste is recycled, composted, or sent to landfill
  • How to pack a litter-less lunch
  • How to reduce waste

Secondary School

  • Approximately 45 minutes long
  • Workshops provided through video conferencing until further notice
  • Learn about issues in waste management
  • Recycling process, composting, landfill operations
  • Promote recycling in high school

Halton Waste Management Site Tours

All HWMS tours are suspended until further notice.

  • Students must remain on the school bus for the tour (bus arranged by school or community group)
  • 45 minutes in length
  • Guided by a HWMS staff member
  • See and learn about:
    • The Container Station
    • Household Hazardous Waste Depot
    • Reuse Depot
    • Yard Waste Composting Facility
    • Blue Box and Green Cart Transfer Station
    • Gas Collection Facility
    • Landfill Tipping Face and large machines

To book a free guided tour of the Halton Waste Management Site, contact us or call 311.

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.

Additional waste resources and information

2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy: Rethinking Our Waste

  • Read Rethinking Our Waste: Halton Region's Solid Waste Management Strategy (PDF file)
  • Solid Waste Management Strategy Short-Term Initiatives (2018 - 2020)
    • Promotion and education for Diversion Programs
    • Increased Promotion of Reuse Opportunities
    • Site Plan Guidelines for New Development
    • Food Waste Reduction
    • Textile Diversion
    • Containment of Blue Box Materials
    • Increate Capture of Organic Waste
    • Increase Access to Drop-off Locations
    • Optimize Landfill Operations
    • Optimize Halton Waste Management Site Customer Experience

Landfill Gas Collection and Utilization Project