Paper and cardboard in a blue recycling bin.Recycling Collection Tips:

  • Set out recycling before 7:30 a.m.
  • Place cardboard and boxboard loose in Fibres blue box or bundle
  • Place film plastics in one bag and tie, tuck securely into Fibres blue box
  • Rinse all plastic, metal and glass containers and place loose into Containers blue box

Now accepting: Empty paint cans (lids removed) and Empty aerosol containers

Blue Boxes are available at the Municipal Office for $5 + HST each

Recycling, electronic and hazardous waste is managed by the County of Peterborough.


Composting & Digesting Organic Wastes

Peterborough County Residents can help divert organic material out of landfill sites and into nutrient rich compost by breaking down organic material in their own backyards! Douro-Dummer residents can also take organic material to the Hall’s Glen Transfer Station organic material bins.

Backyard Composting & Digesting 

The following PDF links outline the differences between composters and digesters:

Composter Information (pdf – 240KB)
Digester Information (pdf – 212KB)

You can get help purchasing or starting your backyard composter or digester from Peterborough County through their “Garbage to Garden” Program. **The “Garbage to Garden” Program is full for 2017, any new applicants will be added to a wait list** Contact Peterborough County’s Public Works – Waste Management at (705) 775-2737.

Organic Material Drop-Off at Hall’s Glen Transfer Station
If you prefer not compost in your own backyard, you can drop your organic material off at the Hall’s Glen Transfer Station free of charge. The following can be dropped off in the organic bins (Organic Material for Compost (pdf – 145KB):

  • bread, grains, rice
  • cooked food
  • coffee grounds, filters, tea bags, and tea leaves
  • dryer lint
  • dairy products
  • eggs and shells
  • fruit and vegetables
  • hair and fur
  • meat, fish, fat, and bones
  • paper towels, napkins, tissues
  • plant trimmings
  • soiled newspaper
  • sawdust from untreated wood
  • shredded, unbleached paper
  • wax paper
  • wood ash from cold, untreated wood

Please do NOT include any plastics of any kind including those marketed as biodegradable.


Leaf and Yard Composting and Collection

Leaf and yard composting is available throughout Peterborough County. Yard material can be dropped off at the Hall’s Glen Transfer Station. Regular tipping fees apply.


County Environmental Days

Please visit Peterborough County’s Recycling & Garbage Events page for dates throughout the County including the Hall’s Glen Transfer Station.

Year Round Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW)

Location: 400 Pido Road, Peterborough

Phone: 705-876-1600
Winter Hours (October 1 to April 30): Wednesday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Summer Hours (May 1 to September 30): Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.