Landfill & Recycling

How do I report a missed collection? directly to your waste/recycling collection provider Waste Management by phoning 1-888-730-3344

As of April 1, 2017, all users of the Howick Landfill site will be required to place their garbage in clear/transparent waste disposal bags, this includes curbside pick-up.  All contents must be visible to landfill staff and curbside collection employees.

Information sheet on clear waste disposal bag program - effective April 1, 2017.

* Howick’s bale wrap recycling company is no longer offering free pick-up at our landfill so you will be charged $40 per pick up load.  Farmers and businesses can contact Switch Energy Corp directly to arrange for pick-up.   For more information contact Switch Energy at 80171 Kinburn Line, Clinton or  phone: (519) 524-0193.

2022 Garbage & Recycling flyer

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The following items are generally recyclable:

  • Cardboard (clean flattened not to exceed 118.8 cm X 118.8 cm)
  • Boxboard (cereal boxes)
  • Magazines and Newspaper
  • Junk Mail
  • Office Paper
  • Phone Books
  • Paper, Cardboard, Dairy and Juice containers (Polycoat/Aseptic/and Gabletops)
  • Aluminium cans, foil plates and trays  #6
  • Metal food and beverage containers
  • Plastic Bottles, Containers, Tubs & Lids #1 - #7 (rinsed with lids off)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars (rinsed with lids off)

Examples of non-acceptable blue box materials are: food waste, foil gift wrap, gift bags, napkins, tissue paper, paper towels, toilet paper, waxy cardboard, laminated papers, candy wrappers, carbon paper, photographic paper, blueprint paper, facial tissue, thermal fax paper, motor oil and pesticide containers, plastic bags, Styrofoam, prescription vials/bottles, reusable plastic food containers, planting pots/trays, shrink wrap, toys, plates, laundry baskets, meat trays, hangers, cutlery, pots and pans, aerosol and paint cans, cutlery, scrap metal, snack/chip bags, medical waste, foam cups & containers, etc.

Please keep all recycling free of liquids and food waste, and please do not include plastic bags with your recycling.  Follow this link for details on proper recycling.

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Howick Township provides bi-weekly curbside collection of  household garbage and recycling for all residents.  To ensure pickup all materials must be properly sorted and at the curb by 7:00 a.m.  

Landfill Hours of Operation

Wednesdays 9 am to 4 pm  
Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm

Landfill Location

45589 Harriston Rd (east of Fordwich Line on Hwy 87)                           
(519) 335-3328                                                                                            

Bag Tags

Cost: $2.50/tag

Available at:  Municipal Office, Howick Landfill site, Bare Necessities (Fordwich),  Watson's Hardware (Gorrie), D & M Auto Service (Gorrie)

Recycling FAQ - Plastic bags are not accepted as they get tangled in the equipment.  Take bags to participating store for recycling and check out this link for locations near you.

Landfill Information

Congratulations Howick Township residents! Look how you Reduce, Reuse and Recycle 

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Electrical and Electronic Waste - Howick Township and The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program promote the recycling and reuse of waste electronics to reduce the amount that is disposed of in landfills.  For more information on this program follow this link to Waste Diversion Ontario website.

 Agricultural Balewrap Recycling - Switch Energy has established an Ag-film, Boat wrap and Pallet shrink wrap recycling program.  If you need to protect your hay, silage or cover your spring seedlings with quality ag-film, Switch Energy recovers, cleans and conditions the used film so that it can be reintroduced into the plastic industry. This  assists in protecting the environment and reducing future costs.  Check out this Switch Energy website for more information.

Tire Recycling - Where do used tires go at the end of their life? Before 2009, 50% of the used tires in Ontario would be recycled, and the remainder ended up in landfills, were burned for fuel, or were stockpiled – options that are wasteful or harmful to our environment.  Howick Township along with Ontario Tire Stewardship work together in this initiative and from September 2009 to December 2014 have collected a total of 11,869 from Howick residents.  These tires are now recycled safely and properly into new products and diverted from burning and our landfill.  For more information on the program follow this link to Rethink Tires website.

Batteries - The Township of Howick partners with Call2Recycle to recycle batteries.  Since 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 45 million kg of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established more than 7,000 collection sites throughout Canada.  Call2Recycle was built upon a commitment to environmental sustainability and meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards for the safe recycling and management of batteries.  To learn more about battery recycling, please visit or call 1-888-224-9764.  Howick has two drop of sites for "consumer" batteries, at the Township Office and Landfill site.  

Hazardous Waste Disposal - We generate hazardous or special waste when we take our cars for an oil change, change a battery in a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, or throw out excess paint after home renovations. Where does this waste go and how do we dispose of it safely?  All County residents are encouraged to safely store their household hazardous waste and deliver these materials to this depot, attend a disposal event day.  This service is FREE to ALL Huron County Residents.  For more information on the depot or disposal day events, link to Huron County Website.

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