Waste & Recycling

FoodCycler™ Pilot Program

FoodCycler with food on half and compost on the other

Seguin Township is committed to an environment first principle. To help decrease the volume of food waste that ends up in our landfills, we have partnered with FoodCycler™ for an exciting pilot program. 

What was the purpose of this program?

The purpose of the FoodCycler™ pilot project is to measure the viability of on-site food waste processing technology as a method of waste diversion. By reducing food waste at home, you can support Seguin’s environmental goals, reduce your household’s carbon footprint and extend the life of our local landfill sites.

What is a FoodCycler™?

The FoodCycler™ is a closed-loop indoor compost alternative, which speeds up the natural decomposition process through aerobic digestion of waste.  The unit dries and grinds food waste into a dry, odourless, nutrient-dense by-product that is significantly reduced in weight and volume from its unprocessed state. The end product is free from bacteria, and weed seeds and food-borne pathogens are eliminated in the process.

How does it work?

Watch this video for more information. 

Visit the FoodCycler™ information page to learn more how this innovative tool works.

How do I get a FoodCycler™ unit through this program?

We will distribute FoodCycler™ units to the first 100 residents who agree to the terms and conditions of the program.  If you are interested, please email publicworks@seguin.ca

How much does a FoodCycler™ cost?

Participants in this Seguin Township program purchase a unit for $200 +HST. The program is capped at 100 households. Participating residents will be eligible for a $50 rebate after they have used the unit for 12 weeks and completed an online survey. Outside of this program, a FoodCycler™ unit is $499 plus HST.

Who can I contact for more information?

Thank you for your interest in the FoodCycler™ Pilot program. We now have 100 participants and the program is full. You can be added to the waitlist through the email below. 

Katie Caughell – Public Works
publicworks@seguin.ca
705-732-4300

About our Waste Management System

Landfill photograph

The Township of Seguin utilizes a unique waste management system consisting of 7 (seven) unmanned Transfer Sites and 1 (one) Landfill Site.

The Transfer Sites are open 24/7 and allow for the disposal of Household Waste and two stream recycling; fibre/paper and co-mingled containers (glass and cans). The Township encourages all Residents to participate in diverting material from the Landfill by recycling. Together, we can prolong the life of our Seguin Landfill site for future generations and protect our natural environment.

Acceptable Waste

Acceptable waste management requires diligence from all residents of Seguin Township. Waste must be appropriately placed in the designated containers or locations. Each container at the Transfer Site clearly identifies what type of waste is to be placed in it. At the Seguin Landfill Site, our attendant is available to direct you as to where to place each type of waste.

Household Waste

This is waste generated from day to day household living that is not recyclable in our Township. This does not include bulky items like furniture, appliances or other large items. Household waste is place in the containers marked "Household Waste".

Recycling

Diverted materials include Blue Box recyclables such as fibres (paper) and containers, as well as clothing and textiles may be disposed of at any of our transfer stations. While e-waste, tires, metals, boat shrink wrap, and reusable items are only accepted at the Seguin Landfill Site.

Hazardous Waste

Seguin Township does not currently have the facilities to manage Hazardous Waste products. The Township has an agreement with the Town of Parry Sound to allow our residents to dispose of all Hazardous Waste Materials at their MacFarlane St. Transfer Station. Please note that proof of residency is required. For further information on disposing of Hazardous Waste, please contact the Town of Parry Sound at (705) 746-2101 or their Web page.

MacFarlane St. Transfer Station on a map, click here

Brush

Brush Includes trees, branches, stumps, and roots. Brush is only accepted at Seguin's Landfill Site.

Boats

Boats made from a variety of materials, wood, fibre glass and plastics to a maximum of 20 feet. Engine and components can be left on; however oil and fuel must be drained from the system. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Construction Material

Clean construction, demolition and renovation materials including carpets. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Shingles

Roofing material typically made from asphalt. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Seguin Landfill

The Seguin Landfill Site is a Seguin Township owned and operated facility, for use by Township residents only.

Location

The Seguin Landfill site is located in Orrville at 39 Star Lake Road. Please see our Map showing the various transfer Site locations.

   

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours - November 1 - April 30

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours - May 1 - October 31

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday  - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

**NEW electronic payment now available on site** 

Tipping fees will apply to the following as prescribed in Schedule "C" of Consolidated By-law No. 2002-11.

Brush

Brush Includes trees, branches stumps and roots. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Boats

Boats made from a variety of materials, wood, fiberglass and plastics to a maximum of 20 feet. Engine and components can be left on; however oil and fuel must be drained from the system. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only. Aluminum boats are free of charge.

Construction Material

Clean construction, demolition and renovation materials including carpets are accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only. A maximum of a 1 ton truck will be accepted.

Shingles

Roofing material typically made from asphalt. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Free of charge:

Disposal of the following items are FREE of tipping fees at the Seguin Landfill:

  • Scrap metal
  • Electronics - Through sponsorship by Ontario Electronics Stewardship
  • Tires (on and off rims) - Through RPRA
  • Household batteries - less than 5kg

Re-use Centre

A reuse centre has been established to allow residents to drop-off reusable items. Items may be purchased as a donation to the Seguin Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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Tipping fees will apply as prescribed in Schedule "C" of Consolidated By-law No. 2002-11.

Household Waste

Seguin Township has 7 (seven) unmanned Transfer Sites that accept Household Waste. These sites are open 24/7 for Seguin residents only. Household waste is waste generated from day to day household living that is not recyclable in our Township. Some of the Items that are acceptable Household Waste are:

  • Food waste
  • Baby wipes
  • Ceramics (plates, mugs, etc)
  • Cigarette butts
  • Diapers
  • Disposable mops, dusters & wipes
  • Drinking glasses
  • Dryer sheets
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Vacuum bags
  • Wrappers
  • Durable plastics (kitchen utensils, toys etc)

Locations

Please see our Map showing the various Transfer Site locations

Backyard Composting

woman shoveling compost

Composting at your residence is an easy and environmentally friendly way of reducing organic waste being sent to the landfill. When your compost is managed correctly it should not attract animals like bears.

Composter Rebate Program

Eligible residents can receive a rebate of up to $40.00 towards a purchased new backyard composter.

Click HERE to complete our online application 

Click HERE to print an application

Tips for effective backyard composting:

  • Have your composter in a level area where there is sufficient water drainage and plenty of sun
  • Place the composter into the ground about 5 cm
  • Only add unprocessed kitchen scraps 
  • Cut materials into small pieces to speed up the composting process
  • A minimum of half “green”* and half “brown”* material
  • Do not add any meat or animal products
  • Keep your compost moist, but not soaked
  • Aerate your compost
  • Your compost is ready when it is dark, crumbly and most of the items are not recognizable (some items like corn cobs and egg shells can be returned to the pile for further composting)

*Brown refers to any plant material that is brown, and includes fall leaves, dried grass, wood products, paper and straw.

*Green refers to fresh grass clippings, freshly picked weeds, plant clippings and most kitchen scraps.

How do I know what to compost?

Please refer to our list of Yes and No for your composting.  Any items not recommended for your backyard composter are accepted in our household waste stream.

Are you Bear Wise Composting?

Here are some tips to help ensure you are keeping nuisance bears out of your compost.

F.A.Q

Will my compost smell bad?

An earthy scent is normal, balanced compost shouldn't produce unpleasant odours. If it does, your problem is either wet "green" stuff (ammonia smell) or too little air (rotten-egg smell). First, aerate the pile. If the odour persists, turn and rebuild the pile with more "brown" materials.

Will my compost attract animals?

By maintaining a balanced compost without any animal products, your compost should not attract scavenging animals.

Can I compost in the winter?

Yes. Continue to add materials throughout the winter. The decomposition process will slow down, but the pile will become active again in the spring.

Can I compost grass?

If you wish to compost grass, do not add too many grass clippings to your compost at one time. They tend to mat and develop an unpleasant odour. It is suggested that you add them in thin layers, allow them to dry in the sun before adding them, and mix them with dry materials such as leaves.

Recycling

Seguin Township is committed to a cost effective and environmentally sound approach to recycling through landfill management and appropriate waste diversion.

Blue Box Recycling

Seguin Township has a two stream “blue box” recycling program, fibre and containers. These items must be disposed of in two different bins onsite. These materials are accepted at all 7 transfer sites. We encourage residents to participate in our diversion.  As part of continuing improvements to our waste system, we now have compacting recycling systems located at Christie, Turtle, Humphrey, Stanley House and Brooks Transfer sites.

Fibre Recycling

A range of clean paper fibre products are acceptable to put into this diversion stream:

  • Cardboard - please remember to save space and flatten cardboard
  • Cartons – milk, juice and tetra packs
  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogues, books and household paper

Container Recycling

A mix of clean container and plastics can be recycled in this stream, please remember to rinse your containers and deposit them loosely into our receptacle, bagging them is challenging for our recycling collector. Have a look at our recycling guide
  • All plastics marked with a recycling symbol
  • All polystyrene (styrofoam) marked with a recycling symbol
  • Aluminum food containers and beverage cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bags (polyethylene) and film plastics– please place bags inside of one bag and tie the handles

Tips:

  • Beverage containers can be squeezed to remove some of the air and put the cap on (the cap is recyclable!).
  • Put small recyclable plastics, i.e. bread ties, in with the plastic bags so they can be caught in the stream.
  • Aluminum cans can be crushed to ¼ their original size and still be effectively recycled.

Clothing and Textile Recycling

Diabetes Canada clothesline program has established drop boxes at our Transfer Sites.  Here is a list of what they are accepting:

  • Accessories and bags
  • Clothing (all types)
  • Curtains
  • General household textiles (towels, blankets, sheets)
  • Shoes and boots
  • Sleeping bags

Tire Recycling

Seguin Township in conjunction with Resource Recovery & Circular Economy began the "Used Tires Program" in January 2019. Tires, both on and off rims are accepted at the Seguin Land Fill Site, free of charge to residents of Seguin Township. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Electronics Recycling

The Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) began the "Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program" in April 2009 with Phase 1 and expanded Phase 2 in April 2010 to accept more items. Electronic Waste is accepted at the Seguin Land Fill Site, free of charge to residents of Seguin Township. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Household Battery Recycling

The Ontario Reg 30/20 applies to both primary and rechargeable consumer batteries weighing less than 5 kilograms. You can bring your used household batteries during business hours to our Landfill or to our Municipal office for recycling.  Please ensure any exposed terminals or wires are taped or bagged for safety. Here is some further information on safe preparation and storage of your batteries.

Metal Recycling

Scrap metal and most white goods (household appliances) are accepted free of charge at the Seguin Land Fill Site. Please note that appliances that contain refrigerant will be charged a fee for disposal as the Township must contract the services of a technician to safely decommission the item. Refrigerant devices will not be accepted with out compressors, unless proof of certified refrigerant removal is provided. Accepted at our Seguin Landfill Site only.

Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling

Boat Shrink Wrap (white or blue) is now collected for recycling at our landfill site. Boat shrink wrap must be clean and free of zippers, chords, snaps and other accessories. Disposal is $5 per bundle for residents / $10 per bundle for commercial. Local marinas may contact Public Works to inquire about setting up a disposal bin at their site.

Recycling of gently used items

The Township has established a re-use centre, located at the Seguin Landfill Site, 39 Star Lake Road, Orrville. The re-use centre accepts gently used items that others may be interested in. Purchasing of items is by donation. All proceeds collected are forwarded to Seguin Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Please note: as per Provincial Covid-19 lock down regulations, the re-use centre will continue collecting items but is not open for shoppers due to not being an essential service.

Please see our Map showing the various Transfer Site locations and our Landfill Site location.

Special Waste Events

OUR SPECIAL WASTE EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT OUR LANDFILL SITE - 39 STAR LAKE ROAD

Each year, Seguin Township's Waste Management Team hosts special events, to bring awareness to waste diversion while giving our residents the opportunity to dispose of goods at no cost.

 

This year, for Seguin residents only, Public Works is pleased to announce:

  • FREE DUMP DAYS: May 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23, 2022
  • FREE DUMP DAYS: June 25 to September 5, 2022

8am - 4 pm at the Seguin Landfill Site, 39 Star Lake Road

 

Free Dump Days Includes: Furniture, Mattresses, Brush, Tires, Scrap Metal, Appliances, Electronics, and Boat Shrink Wrap

 

Free Dump Days Excludes: REFRIGERATORS, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, SHINGLES, and BOATS. These items may be disposed of, according to to our standard tipping fees schedule.

 

Free Dump Days are for residents only, and excludes all business / commercial dumping.

 

Boat shrink wrap (white or blue) is now accepted for recycling. Please ensure your shrink wrap is clean with no zippers, ties, snaps or buckles. Please bundle.

 

Business/Commercial fees for boat wrap is $10 per bundle.

 

To participate in our Free Dump Days events, proof of residency is required (i.e. tax bill, drivers license).

 

Seguin Township does not accept Hazardous Waste. Hazardous waste must be disposed of at McFarlane Transfer Station, Parry Sound.

Due to high volume and COVID-19 physical distancing requirements limiting the number of entrants at one time, residents are reminded that their expected wait time to enter the landfill may be longer than usual. Please be patient and kind with staff and other facility users. Thank you.

Transfer Site Locations

Seguin Township has 7 (seven) unmanned Transfer Sites. These sites are strategically placed throughout the Township to provide the best service for our Residents.

Locations

Please see our Map showing the various Transfer Site locations

These Sites are open 24/7 for Seguin Residents only, to allow for the disposal of the following:

  • Household Waste
  • Recycling

We encourage Seguin Residents to report illegal dumping and unauthorized use of all facilities. These activities directly increase the cost of waste management for Residents.

 

Studies & Reports
View our Studies and Reports information.

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