Garbage, Recycling, & Yard Waste

The Town of Prescott's waste contractor collects solid waste (garbage), and recycling at the curb once a week. Weekly recycling collection alternates between fibre/paper and mixed containers. The Municipal yard waste facility hours and fees, can be found below.

Limerick Environmental Services Ltd., the waste management contractor, is responsible for curbside collection, including solid waste and recycling. 

If you would like to receive more information on waste and recycling collection or have experienced an issue with your curbside collection, please contact (613) 925-2812, Ext. 6219 or email operations@prescott.ca.


FoodCycler Pilot Program

During the months of June to September 2023, the Town of Prescott is partnering with Food Cycle Science to offer a subsized pilot program for in-home food waste diversion machines, known as the FoodCycler.


Garbage Tag System

Garbage tags can be purchased at participating businesses including Town Hall. Tags will be sold for $1.50 each or $15.00 for a sheet of ten (10). Key information for garbage tags, can be found below. 

Garbage & Recycling Resources

Waste & Waste Diversion Services

The Town of Prescott has partnered with Raw Materials Company (RMC) to provide free battery drop-off located at Town Hall.

RMC is a registered battery hauler and processor with the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) under Ontario Regulation 30/20. RMC recycles over 95% of the components found in dead batteries. All the components are put back into energy production, eliminating the need to mine for more materials.

Battery products will be accepted at the following location:

  • Town Hall: 360 Dibble Street West, Prescott, ON K0E 1T0 (Main Floor, By-Law office)

Eligible batteries include:

  • Primary, single use & Rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5kgs each
  • This includes:
    • Alkaline
    • Lithium Primary
    • Lithium Ion
    • Nickel Cadmium
    • Small Sealed Lead Acid
    • Nickel Metal Hydride
    • Nickel Zinc

The following will not be accepted:

  • Wet-cell batteries
  • Damaged batteries
  • Automotive batteries

 

Practice proper battery disposal by storing dead batteries in a non-conductive container made of plastic or glass and recycling in the designated bin. For more information on how to prepare your batteries for recycling and eligible products please visit the RMC website.

The Town invites residents, community groups, schools and businesses to spend 30 minutes picking up litter and recycling that’s accumulated in local parks and other public areas over the winter. Let's do our part by working together to help keep our Town clean and green!

Join us on Saturday April 20, 2024 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for the Town’s annual spring cleanup.

Stop in and see us at 99 St. Lawrence Street, Centennial Park (east entrance) to pickup your cleanup day kit.

The Town picks up yard waste every month on the last Wednesday of the month from April through to November. Weather conditions and high volumes of yard waste can spread curbside collection over several days. The Town also picks up Christmas trees during the first week of January. 

2024 Curbside Yard Waste Collection Dates:

  • April 24
  • May 29
  • June 26
  • July 31
  • August 28
  • September 25
  • October 30
  • November 27

Yard waste must be placed in paper bags; plastic bags no longer accepted for curbside pickup. This will greatly reduce the amount of plastic entering the yard waste facility, and the hours of staff time cutting and emptying the bags. 

Christmas Trees:

  • Trees must be free of bags, tinsel, ornaments, nails, tree skirts and stands
  • Place tree curbside at 7:00 a.m.
  • Clear tree of plastic bags, tree bags, snow and ice
  • Christmas trees that are not collected in January must be placed curbside for yard waste pickup when yard waste pickup resumes in the spring.
  • 2025 Christmas Tree Pick Up Dates
    • Occurs the first week of January
    • January 6-10

 

COM2 Recycling Solutions Canada presents Electronic Waste Cleanup for residents of the Town of Prescott!

Electronics should never be put in the recycling or garbage. COM2 collects unwanted electronics for free to ensure they are disposed of safely, recycled and kept out of landfill.  

COM2 will be collecting Electronic Waste at the Leo Boivin Community Centre parking lot, located at 444 Prince Street on the following date(s):

  • Friday, June 9, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Protect your privacy: The Town is not responsible for personal information contained on your electronic devices. Clear all personal information from computers, cell phones and other electronics prior to drop-off (wipe your drives/clear your SIM cards).

 

Items Accepted as Electronic Waste

Items include information technology, telecommunications and audio-visual equipment that have a primary purpose of collecting, storing, processing, presenting or communicating information, including sounds and images, recording or reproducing sounds and images. Batteries supplied with the equipment are also accepted.

Display Devices: Televisions, monitors, E-readers

Telephones & Accessories: Corded and cordless phones (with electrical base stations), telephone answering machines, cell phones, headsets and hands-free accessories

Computers & Accessories: Desktop computers, portable computers (e.g. laptops, tablets, notebooks), keyboards, mice, cables, webcams, hard drives, USB flash drives/sticks etc.

Printing, Copying & Scanning Equipment: Printers, including printer cartridges, scanners, fax machines, photocopiers

Stationary & Portable Audio/Video Systems: Stereos, radios, tuners, turntables, record, cassette players, speakers, amplifiers, receivers, CD, VCR, DVD, Blu-ray, PVR players/recorders, digital media (e.g. MP3) players, docking stations for portable digital players, speakers, audio and/or voice recorders, headphones and microphones (wired and wireless), projectors (e.g. digital, multimedia, video), video game consoles, handheld video game systems, baby monitors and receivers

Other: Cameras (e.g. digital, video, single-use disposable, security), calculators, smart watches, smart glasses, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and components, drones with audio or visual recording equipment, peripherals and cables used to support the function of information technology, telecommunications and audio-visual equipment (e.g. charging equipment, remote controls), parts of information technology, telecommunications and audio-visual equipment sold separately (e.g. hard drives, modems, routers), handheld point-of-sale terminals or devices

The Town of Prescott has a residential waste collection program. The Town's designated waste contractor will only collect garbage bags with a tag secured to the top of the bag knot. Preferred garbage bag information noted below. Curbside collection occurs each Tuesday at 7:00 am, with possible changes to the schedule for statutory holidays.

Key Information for Garbage Tags:

  • Ensure the tag is visible and not damaged
  • $1.50 per tag or $15.00 for a sheet of 10 tags
  • Use one (1) tag for each waste bag (no limit)
  • Ensure your waste bag is durable and secure, not ripped or overflowing
  • Preferred bag size 90 L (Large 30 x 33 in) or a maximum of 135 L (X-Large 31 x 42 in)
  • Any colour of bag accepted; Black, clear, white
  • Maximum bag weight 44 lbs/20 kg
  • Tagged waste bags placed inside containers will be collected 

HOW TO ATTACH THE TAG TO THE WASTE BAG:

  1. Secure the top of your bag with a twist tie or knot
  2. Attach the tag above the knot
  3. Ensure the tag has adhesive ends pressed tightly together

Garbage tags may be purchased at the following locations:

  • Town Hall, 360 Dibble Street East
  • Canadian Tire, 140 Prescott Centre Drive
  • Giant Tiger, 936 Edward Street North
  • O'Reilly's Your Independent Grocer, 150 Prescott Centre Drive
  • Mr. Gas, 152 King Street East
  • Your Family Dollar, 109 Churchill Road East
  • Prescott Smoke Shop, 108 Park Street East
  • Seaway Valley Pharmacy, 254 King Street West
  • Dollar Bazaar, 253 King Street West

Note: Businesses, industries, and institutions are responsible for the disposal of their own solid waste and recycling.

 

Garbage Collection Safety Tips

  • Keep it light. Each garbage bag must not weigh more than 20 kg (44 lb).
  • Ensure waste is accessible. Always place waste containers on level ground and as close to the street as possible. In the winter, clear a spot for your garbage that is free of snow and easy for collection workers to see. Never place waste on top of or behind snowbanks. 
  • Box broken glass. Broken glass, small mirrors, cracked dishes and knives must be taped in a cardboard box labeled “BROKEN GLASS” before placing at the curb.  
  • No needles. Never put needles or other medical waste in your recycling bin or garbage. Safely dispose of these items at a participating pharmacy.
  • Properly dispose of household hazardous waste. Propane cylinders/tanks, batteries, flurorescent light bulbs/tubes and chemicals should never be disposed of in your recycling bin or garbage. More information can be found under the Hazardous Waste section or here: https://www.leedsgrenville.com/en/government/household-hazardous-waste.aspx
  • Park off the street. If possible, park off the street on your waste collection day. If you are unable to move your car off the street, ensure it is at least 1 m (3 ft) away from any waste bags/containers set out for collection. 

Household Hazardous Waste Day is run by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. Residents of Leeds and Grenville, including the Town of Prescott can drop off household hazardous waste free of charge. 

More information can be found here: https://www.leedsgrenville.com/en/government/household-hazardous- .aspx

2023 Dates and Locations:

Saturday July 8, 2023 - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

  • Lombardy Fair Grounds, 6 Kelly Road, Lombardy

Saturday August 19, 2023 - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

  • North Leeds County Patrol Garage, 331 County Road 29, North of Frankville
  • South Leeds County Patrol Garage, 2714 Outlet Road (County Road 3), Lansdowne, north of Lansdowne 

Saturday September 16, 2023 - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

  • Spencerville Fair Grounds, Goodin Road Entrance, Spencerville (North end of Fairgrounds)
  • North Grenville County Patrol garage, 720 County Road 44, Kemptville, south of Kemptville 

Accepted Items:

  • Corrosive Batteries, drain cleaners, oven cleaners
  • Pesticides, rat poison, pharmaceuticals, cleaning fluids
  • Pool chemicals, ammonia, bleach, aerosols
  • Gasoline, paints, BBQ starter, oils, solvents, propane cylinders

Not Accepted:

  • Electronics, appliances, tires, explosives, PCB contaminated wastes and radioactive wastes will not be accepted
  • Commercial and industrial waste will not be accepted

Please Note:

  • Bring your waste in its original container; DO NOT MIX IT.
  • Waste will only be accepted from residents of Leeds and Grenville, Gananoque and Prescott.
  • Waste from other municipalities including the City of Brockville will not be accepted.

For additional questions, please call (613)342-3840, Ext. 2413.

The Town of Prescott does not have a landfill site. The Ed Yandeau Operations Centre (Public Works Building) does not accept any kind of fill. 

Residents are encouraged to contact Waste Management (Now WM), who serve the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville, for any inquiries or disposal needs.

Transfer Station: Waste Management (Now WM) - Brockville Hauling & Transfer Station

Location: 1380 California Avenue, Brockville

Telephone: (613)342-1081

Hours of Operation: 

OPEN Monday to Friday - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 

OPEN Saturday - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

CLOSED Sunday

(Closed on all statutory holidays)

Large Item Pick-Up will now occur 3 times a year; all registered items will be picked up on the second Wednesday of every month in April, July, and October. Items must be registered no later than the Monday before each collection date and placed on the curbside before 7:00 a.m. There will be NO LIMIT for the number of items per household. 

Pick-up dates:

  • April 10, 2024 - register between March 5 - April 5
  • July 17, 2024 - register between June 12 - July 12
  • October 16, 2024 - register between September 11 - October 11

Green Items $10 per item: Furniture including household items such a lamps, tables, chairs, sofas, dressers, etc.

Orange Items $20 per item: Mattress and box springs.

Blue Items $15 per item: Stoves, washing machines, dryers, furnaces, hot water tanks, microwaves, sinks, bathtubs, water softeners, water heaters, barbecues and any other items deemed eligible.

Red Items $65 per item: All freon supplied household items including fridges, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and any other freon-use items.

White Items NO CHARGE: Tires and rims, and e-waste: computers, computer accessories, laptops, monitors, stereos, disk players, fax machines, televisions, DVD and VCR players, telephones and all other electronic items deemed eligible.

Important Changes Due to COVID-19: Physical tags will no longer be required due to COVID-19. All items must still be registered, paid for and placed at the curb, same day of collection by 7:00 am prior to pick-up.

Registration may be processed in person at the Municipal Building, or by calling (613)925-2812, Ext. 6200 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. For payments processed over the telephone, no data is recorded or stored. 

Located north of the Ed Yandeau Operations Centre, 950 Sophia Street

Open to Town of Prescott residents only - proof of residency required. Hired contractors or local businesses require a facility pass. 5 loads for $75.00 or an annual unlimited pass for $250.00.

Opening Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Seasonal Hours of Operations:

OPEN Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OPEN Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OPEN Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CLOSED Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Closing Date: Saturday November 30, 2024

Yard waste accepted:

  • Grass clippings,
  • sods,
  • plant remains,
  • wood chippings,
  • branches under 6" wide,
  • brush,
  • leaves

Hired Contractors:

Effective May 2020, hired contractors or local businesses may enter the yard waste facility with a commercial pass.  Passes can only be purchased at the Municipal Building between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. No cash or cheques are accepted at the yard waste facility.

Options include:

  • 5 load punch pass - Cost is $75.00 (tax included) 
  • Unlimited annual pass - $250.00 (tax included) 

Enforceable under By-Law #51-90. Maximum fine for illegal dumping is $5000. 

 

Please note, no plastics may be left at the compost site. Any items contained in plastic must be emptied by the resident, and the plastic disposed of off-site. Leaves bagged in plastic and plastic pots are to be emptied by the resident, and then placed back in vehicle before leaving.  

Residents entering the facility must provide the following information to the attendant:
  • Name
  • Address (Town of Prescott residents only - proof of residency may be required)
  • Vehicle plate number
  • Description of drop-off materials

Recycling is collected at the curb on Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. with alternating weeks of fibre/paper and mixed containers. Please refer to our Waste & Recycling Collection Calendar for details. All items must be placed at the curb in a recycling bin or container. Any bin is acceptable as a container to hold recyclable items. 

Do not bag recyclables; If you put your recyclables altogether in a bag, the collection team can't see what is in them.

A guide on recyclable materials can be viewed above - Re-Think Recycling.

Residents are invited to place ​unwanted, gently used items at the curb for other residents to take for their own use, free of charge. This is a great opportunity to give unwanted items a new home while keeping them out of landfill sites.

Treasure Day takes place on Saturday May 18, 2024 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

How to participate in Treasure Day:

  • Place unwanted, gently used items at the curb in front of your home starting at 8:00 am on Saturday
  • ALL items (or boxes of items) must be clearly labelled with a FREE sign 
  • Unclaimed items must be removed from the curb by 6:00 pm on Saturday evening. If items are left at the curb after Treasure Day is over, it could result in a by-law violation
  • Only put out items that are still in good condition for re-use or able to be repaired
  • ​ANY ITEM THAT CAN POSE A DANGER to another person must NOT be left at the curb
  • Safety equipment such as car seats and helmets should NOT be reused/given away
  • Put away items you DO NOT want to give away (such as bicycles and sports nets) to avoid confusion
  • Please keep sidewalks and fire hydrants clear
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