Take it to the Dump!


THUNDER BAY – With Spring clean-up activities happening in homes and yards throughout the City, landfill tipping fees will be waived for all cars and non-commercial light trucks from Sunday, May 2, to Sunday, May 9 for Annual Free Week at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road. Regular tipping fees still apply to all loads brought onto the site in commercial vehicles.

“Free week is a great chance for citizens to do some spring cleaning and deliver waste to the landfill without having to pay the normal tipping fees,” says Sgt. Glenn Porter, Thunder Bay Police.

Thunder Bay Police will be monitoring traffic and enforcing the Highway Traffic Act, which states that all loads brought to the landfill must be sufficiently covered. Citizens are urged to bring loads in a covered truck or secure a tarp over the open load as garbage spilling out onto the road poses a real danger to other vehicles, and is harmful to the environment as well. Always tie down larger items such as lumber and garbage bags.

Traffic at the site will increase significantly in the spring, so all loads coming in should be organized for easy removal and to prevent items from being buried in with the garbage to the following lay down areas: Household Recycling – paper, glass, cardboard, tetra paks & milk cartons, metal cans, aluminium cans and #1 and #2 plastic bottles only, E-Waste, and Household Hazardous Waste. At the Public Waste Disposal Area, areas include Household Garbage, Scrap Metal, Large / bulky Items such as mattresses and Tires. There are also areas for Compost Lay down and the Main Tipping Face.

There will be an increased volume of traffic, and citizens should bring their loads on Sunday, May 2 or Sunday May 9 when fewer vehicles are on site. Early mornings are the best time to avoid line-ups. Staff at the Weigh Scale will direct you to the Public Waste Disposal Area or Main Tipping Face depending on your load.

For more information contact the Transportation & Works Dispatcher at 684-2195.

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