Waste & Recycling


Curbside Collection

The Town of Smiths Falls garbage and recycling collection is a contracted service provided by Glenview Iron and Metal. Weekly pick up service is provided to residents on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays depending on which of the three collection zones you reside in.

Garbage – Bags and Containers

Each household may place two (2) waste containers/bags for collection each week without a bag tag. Additional bags placed at curbside must be tagged in order to be collected. Tags may be purchased at the Town Hall or at the Customer Service counter at Andress’ Your Independent Grocer at a cost of $3.00 each.

Garbage – Large Items and Metal

Large items require two tags. They include furniture, kitchen appliances, mattresses and items that otherwise do not fit in a garbage bag. Construction waste is not collected as part of the town’s large item program. A special pick up date is scheduled for metals on the last Friday of each month for metal items unless otherwise noted in the waste collection calendar. Fridges and freezers placed out as part of this program must have a “Freon Free” sticker prior to removal.
All residents must call the town to arrange for large item collection.

Recycling Collection

The municipality operates a two stream recycling program using Blue Boxes and Yellow Boxes. The Blue Box is designed to collect the fibre stream (paper, cardboard, etc.) and the Yellow Box is for containers (glass, metal and plastic). These recyclables are collected on alternating weeks for each zone and the collection schedule can be found in the Town’s annual waste collection calendar.

Leaf and Yard Waste

Leaf and yard waste is collected at the curbside in May and November of each year. All leaves must be placed in brown compostable paper bags and free from garbage. Brush will be accepted provided that it is neatly bundled with no branches larger than 4 inches (10cm) in diameter. The town also collects Christmas trees that are placed at the curb side after the holiday season. Dates are on the Municipal Calendar.

Resident who wish to dispose of leaves, grass clippings and brush at other times may bring these materials to the Compost Site located on Highway 43 beside the Hillcrest Cemetery. Food and kitchen wastes are otherwise not accepted at this facility. Please note that you also have the option to help yourself and take some nutrient rich compost away while supplies last. Hours of operation are 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturdays. Please refer to the calendar for details on dates for seasonal operations.


Backyard composting can divert as much as 30% of the household wastes sent to landfill sites. Residents who use a rear yard composter can process food wastes and create a nutrient rich humus which is good for lawns, plants and gardens. Composters may be purchased at the Town Hall for $45.00.

Household Hazardous Waste

The Town of Smiths Falls and neighbouring municipalities continue to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Depot located at 128 Patterson Cres.  in Carleton Place. Hazardous materials such as old paint, car batteries, cleaners, propane cylinders, aerosol cans, antifreeze etc.. can be taken to the depot. This is a free service to all Smiths Falls residents – proof of residency must be shown to be admitted. The depot is open from the May long weekend till the September long weekend on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit http://www.makethedrop.ca for an extensive list of materials that can now be recycled through the Orange Drop program and all local “take back” partners. The town also accepts small batteries at the library and Town Hall.

Disposal of paints and stains –  HOME HARDWARE in Perth accepts all paints and stains for recycling.  Paint can  needs to be wet inside with 2 inches of material in bottom of paint can.  RONA in Smiths Falls accepts only latex paints.

Waste Diversion / Waste Electronics

The REAL Deal Store at 85 William Street West accepts and sells quality reusable household goods, furniture, and building supplies and keeps these materials out of local landfills. Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Funds raised by REAL (Rideau Environmental Action League) support many environmental projects in our community.

REAL also partners with the town to provide a waste electronics depot. Recyclable items may be dropped off which include audio and video players, telephones and answering machines, cameras and computer equipment to alkaline batteries, nickel-cadmium (Ni-Dc) batteries in thermostats and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with batteries still installed. (Phone 613-283-7999)

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