Changes to 2019 Holiday Curbside Waste Collection and Transfer Station Hours

The following waste collection and drop-off changes will take place during the 2019 holiday season:

Change to Garbage Collection

  • Garbage collection that would usually be collected on Friday, December 27th, 2019 will be bumped forward one day to Saturday, December 28th, 2019.
    • Questions or concerns regarding garbage collection can be directed to Waste Connections of Canada (705) 742-4268.

Change to Recycling Collection

  • Recycling collection that would usually be collected on Thursday, January 2, 2020 will be bumped to Friday, January 3rd, 2020.
  • Recycling collection that would usually be collected on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 will be bumped to Saturday, January 4th, 2020.
    • Questions or concerns regarding recycling collection can be directed to Emterra (705) 742-3139 or Peterborough County (705) 775-2737 x 0.

Change to the Halls Glen Transfer Station hours

  • The Halls Glen Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Holiday Waste Collection Schedule for 2019

Holiday Waste Collection Schedule 2019 (pdf – 210KB)

UPDATE- Addendum 1 released for Request for Quotation – FD-2019-02: Mini-Pumper Fire Apparatus

The Township of Douro-Dummer Fire Service is requesting that qualified businesses submit a Request For Quotation (RFQ) for a Mini-Pumper Fire Apparatus. The RFQ FD-2019-02 package (pdf – 1MB) can be viewed on-line or be picked up at the Municipal Office.

An addendum has been released: Addendum #1 FD-2019-02 (pdf – 57KB)

Questions can be directed to:

Chuck Pedersen, Fire Chief
Township of Douro-Dummer
P.O. Box 92, 894 South Street
Warsaw, Ontario, KOL 3AO

Phone: (705) 652-8392 Ext 207
E-mail: C. Pedersen

Originally post November 12, 2019. Addendum #1 released December 3, 2019.

Septic Re-Inspection Program Presentation

On November 21, 2019 B. Fawcett,  C.B.O. for the Township of Douro-Dummer, presented the proposed Septic System Program in a public meeting in Council Chambers. The slides presented can be seen here: Septic System Re-inspections Presentation (pdf – 496KB)

Questions and comments regarding the program should be directed to:

Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official
E-mail B. Fawcett
(705) 652-8392 x 208


Lindsay Burtt
E-mail L. Burtt
(705) 652-8392 x 216

Strategic Planning Program

The Strategic Planning Program is a free opportunity to learn about facilitating the strategic planning process for your Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Strategic planning should be embedded into the regular operation of any organization. It helps organizations make sound decisions to guide their activities over time. Training your volunteers to undertake strategic planning will build expertise required to embed those processes, and longer-term ownership and commitment to implementing the plan. This training will help BIAs improve their organizational effectiveness, strengthen the leadership skills of their volunteers, and build a network of volunteers and leaders to support each other.

Session 1 —January 7, 2020 Stage 1: Introduction to strategic planning, community economic development for BIAs

Session 2 —January 28, 2020 Stage 2: Develop vision and mission

Session 3 —February 18, 2020 Stage 3: Collect and analyze information Stage 4: Develop goals

Session 4 —March 16, 2020* Stage 4: Performance measures & action plans Stage 5: Implement and monitor
*Date to be confirmed

Each session will be delivered by webinar (access to a phone and computer are required). The sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings or evenings and will be approximately 90min in length, plus homework. Timing of all sessions to be confirmed by participants, and delivered by webinar.

Please note: The deadline to register is Friday, December 6, 2019.

For more information click here. (pdf – 60KB)

Peterborough Public Health Has Run Out of Free Radon Kits

Radon Kits Available at Local Hardware Stores

Due to an overwhelming response, Peterborough Public Health has run out of free radon test kits, giving away 400 kits in just three days to local residents.

Residents who are still interested in testing their homes can still purchase kits local hardware stores.

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Ontario. It is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium found in rock and soil. Radon can enter buildings through cracks in foundation floors and walls, gaps in service pipes, open floor drains, or any other area of exposed soil. The likelihood of a radon problem cannot be predicted by the age or location of a home; all homes are at risk.

For more information about radon click here.

Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery

Featuring James Lasenby from January 4th – March 21st

James is a self-taught artist who strives for accuracy and realism in every piece he creates. Appreciation of nature began very early in his life, since he spent much of his time in the country visiting his cousin’s home in Douro and on camping trips throughout Ontario, including in beautiful Algonquin Park. He works in two mediums – graphite and acrylic, and has won several awards over the years at the Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival. Some of these awards include The People’s Choice Awards & the Purchase Award in 2005, as well as Best of Show in 2010 and 2014. For more information, and other artists visiting the 2020 gallery click here. (pdf – 739KB)

From now until December 20, 2019;
Rose Anne Sheehan – Photographer
Roy Scott – Painter
Be sure to pop in and see this collection of beautiful art!

Starry Stonewort – Collective Action Now will Minimize Long-term Costs & Impacts

Starry Stonewort is an extremely aggressive, fastspreading macro alga. It has been spreading throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway for several years and is now in Ston(e)y Lake. From a few small patches identified in the summer of 2017 it is now in areas of Gilchrist Bay, The Lost Channel and in areas of the Big Duck Pond.

Starry Stonewort poses a significant concern to anglers because of its impacts to fish habitat and fish spawning areas. The spread of starry stonewort (SSW) may lead to a decline in fish, particularly bass that typically spawn in native chara. The dense mats formed by starry stonewort are very different from other invasives we have experienced. When starry stonewort takes hold, it causes a loss of aquatic plant diversity, shallow water habitat and fish shelter. It forms a “wall” pushing smaller fish offshore towards predators.

For more 2020 Actions on Starry Stonewort, click here. (pdf – 3MB)

Peterborough Public Health Offers Free Radon Kits to Local Residents While Supplies Last

Peterborough Public Health is giving away free radon test kits while supplies last to raise awareness about this public health risk that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Ontario.

“Radon is responsible for anywhere from 1,080 to 1,550 cancer cases in Ontario each year. This colourless, odourless gas can build up in lower levels of buildings unbeknownst to those living there,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “We strongly encourage residents to learn more about how to test their homes to keep their families safe.”

Peterborough Public Health has approximately 400 radon kits available at no cost to residents within the City and County of Peterborough and Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations, on a first come, first serve basis. Residents are advised to obtain a kit by visiting Peterborough Public Health reception on the third floor at 185 King St. in Peterborough. Residents who are unable to pick up a kit are encouraged to call 705-743-1000, ext. 232 to make alternative arrangements.

For more information, please click here. (pdf – 649KB)

End of Fall Brush, Leaf and Yard Waste Bin at Warsaw Public Works Garage

The waste bin that was located at the Warsaw Public Works Garage to collect fall brush, leaf and yard waste has been removed. Brush, leaf and yard waste is not accepted at the Halls Glen Transfer Station. Residents with brush, leaf and yard waste to dispose of throughout the winter can take their waste to either:

  • Waste Connection of Canada

Tipping fees will apply.

The brush, leaf and yard waste bin will return to the Warsaw Public Works Garage in the spring of 2020.