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Diversion Programs

Household hazardous waste

You may have noticed not all garbage is collected curbside. Sometimes you can’t get rid of it at the Canborough Waste Management Facility. Maybe you’re interested in diverting more waste by composting or grasscycling. Or you’re looking to recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays. We would like to help you out!

Haldimand County supports a number of other garbage & recycling programs. These include household hazardous waste and waste electronic events, battery drop-off depots, composting, Christmas tree recycling and grasscycling. If these options still do not work for you, give us a call and we will do our best to offer some suggestions!

Are you wondering where to get rid of hazardous waste because it isn’t accepted in the garbage collection program? Do you have end-of-life electronics kicking around that you need to get rid of? Well you’re in luck! Haldimand County hosts four household hazardous waste and waste electronic events each year in four different areas throughout the County. See below for event details!

Please note that this program is for residents only.

Visit the Recycle My Electronics website for a list of acceptable electronic waste.

Use the “What Goes Where” search tool to determine if an item is considered hazardous waste and is accepted at our events.

Wondering what to do with hazardous waste that isn’t accepted at our events? Give us a call or send us an email and we will be glad to help!

Event Hours: 9 am – 1 pm

Unable to make it to one of our event days?  Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has a Where to Recycle map that shows locations across Ontario where items such as, electronics, batteries, household hazardous waste and tires, can be dropped off for free.

1. Cayuga Secondary School – April 13, 2024

2. McKinnon Park Secondary School – June 22, 2024

3. Dunnville Roads Yard – September 7, 2024

4. Hagersville Secondary School – October 5, 2024

battery recycling

Bring in your waste batteries to one of the locations listed below and call2recycle will collect and reimburse Haldimand County.

Residents may drop off waste batteries at the following locations:

unused or expired medications
waste syringes

You can now return unused or expired medications and used sharps at your local participating pharmacy. Find the location nearest you here!

Unused and expired medications brochure

Used sharps brochure

Help keep Christmas trees out of the landfill site. Please bring your trees to the following temporary depots where we will chip your tree and recycle it into mulch.

Please remember to remove all tinsel and decorations before dropping off. Artificial trees are not accepted.


December 26, 2024 – January 10, 2025 (24/7)

christmas tree recycling

Drop Off Locations:

Caledonia – dead end of Caledonia Ave.

Caledonia – Kinsmen Park, Caithness St. W.

Cayuga – Kinsmen Ball Park, Ottawa St. S. & McKay St. W.

Dunnville – Lions Park, 640 Lock St. W.

Hagersville – Sgt. Andrew Harnett Memorial Park, Alma St. S.

Townsend – Dead end of Forest Park Drive

Or you may drop off your tree at the Canborough Waste Management Facility – 499 James Road, Dunnville (Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Backyard Composting

Backyard composting is a natural process in which organic materials decompose and become a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Your lawn and garden will love it!

Composting aids erosion control, promotes soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development. And it cuts down on valuable waste going to landfills.

Composting can take 3 to 18 months, depending on how well the pile is maintained. Compost is ready when its texture is crumbly and it has a pleasant, earthy smell.

Buy a backyard composter

Backyard composters can be purchased at the Canborough Waste Management Facility located at 499 James Road, Dunnville for $36.00 each.

Tips for successful composting:

  • Avoid thick layers of any material (i.e. grass)
  • A one-inch layer of finished compost or garden soil spread on top of kitchen scraps will speed things up
  • Bury fruit and vegetable trimmings at least 6 inches deep
  • Smaller pieces decompose faster
  • Never add meat, fish or dairy items
  • Compost during winter – the freezing and thawing process helps to break down materials
leave grass clippings on your lawn

What is grasscycling?

  • Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn while mowing
  • Grass clippings break down in a few days and return nutrients to the soil
  • Grasscycling can boost soil’s fertility by up to 30%
  • Grasscycling reduces the amount of organic matter being sent to landfill

How to grasscycle

  • Mow high – set mower height to 5-7 cm
  • Mow when the grass is dry
  • Keep mower blades sharp
  • Mow over clumps of grass
  • If your lawnmower bags clippings, remove the bag so that the clippings can be spread over the lawn
  • You may be able to convert your mower to a mulching mower by purchasing a mulching blade retrofit kit. Mulching blades chop up grass many times, producing very short clippings
  • Water only once a week to prevent excessive growth
  • If you use a lawn service, ask them to grasscycle

Approximately 35% of curbside waste in Haldimand County is food waste, which contributes to bad odours and increased vermin.

There are some basic techniques that you can do within your household that can significantly reduce the impact that food waste has on our environment, such as:

  • Plan ahead and make a list before shopping.
  • Avoid buying in bulk.
  • Prepare smaller portions.
  • Save your leftovers.

Get more tips on how to make food go further and how to reduce food waste at Love Food Hate Waste or the Ontario Food Collaborative.

Help to reduce food waste in Haldimand County from going to landfills!

Examples of how to reduce food waste

Email Solid Waste Operations directly: