The long road to getting rid of dozens of unstaffed bin sites across Muskoka continues this year with the transition of 15 additional sites in 2022.
Unstaffed dumpster sites, also referred to as bin sites, have been in operation throughout the District for over 20 years on road allowances, vacant lands, and at commercial businesses like marinas, without provincial approval. According to the District, they provided a convenient location for waste collection for residents that do not receive curbside collection at their property (e.g., at marinas for residents with water-access properties and on-road allowances for residents on private roads inaccessible for waste collection vehicles).
In 2019, the District was formally notified by the province that unstaffed, unlicensed bin sites would have to be transitioned to compliant waste collection servicing over a four-year period, with complete abatement by April 2023. However District councillors heard last month that following a request from District staff, the province has agreed to an extension to November 2026 to ensure adequate consultation for each community.
Councillors also heard that the District’s Lakeside Waste Collection program has expanded to four routes each Sunday supporting 11 locations. The schedule can be found here.
Staff said they have also launched an initiation of consultation on four bin sites in the Town of Gravenhurst and the Township of Muskoka Lakes. There are also discussions on servicing alternatives and the planned transition of eight winter sites in fall 2022 in the Township of Muskoka Lakes and the Town of Bracebridge.
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