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Garbage and Recycling

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The Town of Prescott provides curbside collection service to residents and businesses.  For more information on these services, please click on the tabs below.

Click here to view the Waste & Waste Diversion Calendar for 2021-2022.

 If you would like more information on waste collection, please contact us at 613-925-2812 x 6219 or

Garbage Collection

The Town of Prescott has a residential waste collection plan. The Town's designated hauler will collect only residential waste in approved, town bags. The curbside pick-up is each Tuesday, with possible changes to the schedule for statutory holidays. Please check our social media pages for changes and updates.

Garbage bags may be purchased at:

  • Town Hall
  • Beach Home Hardware
  • Canadian Tire
  • Giant Tiger
  • O'Reilly's Your Independent Grocer
  • Mr. Gas
  • Your Family Dollar
  • Prescott Smoke Shop
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Seaway Valley Pharmacy
  • Dollar Bazaar
  • MacEwen Gas 

Large plastic bags $1.50 each or a package of 10 for $15.00.

Curbside pick-up is for weekly residential waste that fits into the regulated town bags. For large items that cannot fit into the garbage bags, please contact a local cartage company.  

Businesses, industries and institutions are responsible for the disposal of their own waste.

House Hold Hazardous Waste Day

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

More information can be found here:


Tentative Dates

Due to COVID-19 all dates for 2021 are tentative and may be cancelled without notice. 


July 10, 2021

8:30 am to 2:00 pm

  • Lombardy Fair Grounds, 6 Kelly Rd., Lombardy, ON


August 21, 2021

8:30 am to 2:00 pm

  • South Leeds County Patrol Garage, 2714 Outlet Rd., Lansdowne
  • North Leeds County Patrol Garage, 331 Cty. Rd. 29, Frankville


September 18, 2021

8:30 am to 2:00 pm

  • Spencerville Fair Grounds, Goodin Rd. Entrance, Spencerville, ON
  • North Grenville County Patrol garage, 720, Cty. Rd. 44, Kemptville, ON


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.


Recycling Collection

"Re-Think Recycling" - Recycling Changes Guide

Recycling is collected at the curbside on Thursdays with alternating weeks of fibre/paper and mixed containers. Please refer to our Waste & Recycling Collection Calendar for details. All items must be placed to the curb in a bin (no plastic bags, including those sold to the consumer as "recycling bags"). Please, no loose items. Any bin is acceptable as a container to hold recyclable items. 

Recycling Blue Boxes are $15.00 each (HST included) available at the Municipal Building (360 Dibble St. West). 

Municipal Compost Site

Located north of the Ed Yandeau Operations Centre (950 Sophia Street).  

Opening Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

NEW Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residential compost waste acceptable items include:

  • Grass Clippings
  • Sods
  • Plant Remains
  • Wood Chipping
  • Branches under 6" wide
  • Brush
  • Leaves
  • Organic material (no meat or bones)


Subject to change. Subject to restrictions as defined by the Province of Ontario.

Effective May 2020, commercial compost waste (hired contractors or local businesses) can enter the site with purchase of 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 compost site. 

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
  • What they are bringing in
Curbside Yard Waste Collection

The Town of Prescott collects compost, brush, branches, leaves and other yard waste on the last Wednesday of the month from April through to November. Weather conditions and high volumes of waste can spread curbside collection over several days. 


2021 Curbside Yard Waste Collection Dates:

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


Effective, 2020 yard waste must be placed in paper bags; unfortunately plastic bags will no longer be accepted for curbside pickup. This will greatly reduce the amount of plastic entering the compost site, and the hours of staff time cutting and emptying the bags. 


We appreciate your understanding and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 Residential Composting

The Town of Prescott no longer sells residential compost bins. 

Compost bins can be purchased locally at the Prescott Canadian Tire or Beach's Home Hardware. 

Large Item Pick-Up

NEW Changes in 2021

Large Item Pick-Up will now occur 4 times a year; all items will be picked up on the second Wednesday of every month in April, July, October and January. The last day residents can register their items for pick-up is the Monday before each collection date. There will be NO LIMIT for the number of items per household.


Pick-up dates:

  • April 14, 2021 
  • July 14, 2021
  • October 13, 2021
  • January 12, 2022


Green Items: $10

Furniture including household items such a lamps, tables, chairs, sofas, dressers, etc.


Orange Items: $20
Mattress and box springs.


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


Red Items: $60
All freon supplied household items including fridges, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and any other freon-use items.


White Items: FREE
Items include 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 and paid for prior to pick-up.

Place all items to curb by 7:00 a.m. 

Registration may be processed in person at the Municipal Building, or by calling 613-925-2812 x 6200 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. For payment processed over the telephone, no data is recorded or stored. 


The last days to register your items are Monday, April 12, 2021; Monday, July 12, 2021; Monday, October 11, 2021; Monday, January 10, 2022.