Waste Collection

At this time all garbage for curbside collection must be placed in a township bag. Many of the retailers that sell these bags are open with extra precautions in place to enforce social distancing. If you are self-isolating or quarantined and unable to purchase these bags, we encourage you to contact the township office. We know that the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, and so are the measures we are taking to protect and support our residents. For any updates, please visit our webpage dedicated to township services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By-Law 2019-64
Collection Zones
2020 Collection Schedule
Recyclable Items

Curbside Brush/Leaf Collection

The Township will be collecting brush and leaves in the built up areas of Spencerville, Cardinal, Johnstown and New Wexford where conditional burning is not permitted. Brush/leaf will also be accepted at the Scott Road Landfill for the month of May at no charge

Cardinal: Tuesday May 5th & May 19th, 2020
Spencerville, Johnstown & New Wexford:
Thursday, May 7th & May 21st, 2020

Brush/Leaves will be collected at the curbside on the days specified above (subject to weather conditions). 

Brush/Leaves will only be picked up under the following conditions:
  • Must be placed at curbside by 7:30 a.m. the morning of advertised pick up day. Bags must be kept dry and should not be placed out prior to 48 hours from pick up date
  • Branches are not to exceed 1.2 meters (4 feet)
  • Trees and shrubs shall not have root base-no root base collection
  • Tree limb and trunks calipers not to exceed 75 mm (3 inches) in diameter
  • Bundles shall be secured for collection and not to exceed 18 kg (40 lbs) and a diameter of 450mm (18in) per bundle; up to 12 bundles
  • Curbside collection is for leaves, limbs and branches only – no construction or other materials accepted
  • Leaves are packaged in clear, non-township plastic bags or paper composting bags and include no garbage etc., (max 12 bags)

For more info, contact Jim Guest, Road Superintendent 613-349-9296.

Regular Waste Collection

All areas of the municipality are serviced with weekly curbside garbage and recycling collection. The Township’s contractor, Waste Connections of Canada, collects household waste each week and recycling on an alternating week schedule (see below). Please note the following:

  • All garbage must be in Township bags
  • Maximum weight is 40 lbs. per bag
  • Maximum 5 bags per week
  • Garbage should be placed curbside no earlier than 5:00am, unless it is placed in a container suitable to prevent the entry of water, flies or animals
  • Place garbage curbside no later than 7:00am

For a full list of Garbage collection rules, view by-law 2019-64 here

Regular Collection Days
Monday areas north of Glen Smail Road and west of County Road 44, including Spencerville
Tuesday areas north of Pittston Road and east of County Road 44, including Ventnor and Shanly
Wednesday areas north of Highway 401 and south of Glen Smail and Pittston Road, including Crystal Rock and Brouseville
Thursday the Village of Cardinal
Friday areas south of the 401, except for Cardinal

Click here to view a map of collection zones

Garbage Bags

Household trash must be bagged in special clear Township garbage bags. These bags cost $25.00 for a package of ten bags. There are several locations from which to purchase bags:

In Cardinal:

  • Burchell’s Home Hardware
  • Dollar Bazar
  • Mac’s Convenience
  • Madmacs Furniture

In Johnstown:

  • Bayview Convenience

In Spencerville:

  • Angelos
  • Drummond’s Fuels
  • Municipal office
  • Spencerville Home Hardware
  • Village Pantry

In Prescott

  • Your Family Dollar (Churchill & Edward)


Recycling Schedule

A full recycling program, including curbside pickup, is available at no charge to residents. Recyclable products are divided into two types – “green” box and “blue” box. Recyclables are collected on alternating weeks between “green” and “blue“.

View the 2020 Collection Schedule here

  • “Green” box recyclables include paper products such as newspapers and flyers (glossy or plain), fine paper such as writing paper and computer paper, magazines and telephone directories, corrugated cardboard and boxboard.  Boxes should be flattened and placed in the recycle bin. Large boxes may be flattened and placed under the bin and should be no bigger than 26″x 30″. Not recyclable are hardcover books, coated cardboard or waxed food wrap.
  • “Blue” box recyclables are cans, bottles, and plastics. Items must be empty and rinsed clean and can include glass bottles and jars, metal food and beverage cans, aluminum pie plates and foil, rigid foil containers and trays, and plastic containers marked on the bottom with the recycling symbol and numbers 1,2,3,4,5, or 6. Other accepted items include clean empty paint cans with no lids, aerosol cans, margarine and yogurt tubs. Not recyclable are ceramics, pottery, window glass, frozen juice cans, mirrors, light bulbs, Pyrex, drinking glasses, metal pots, Styrofoam, foil with paper or plastic lamination, milk or other plastic bags.

View a list of recyclable items here

Recyclables do not need to be placed in green or blue bins. The contractor will pick items up from recycling bins, plastic totes and other similar containers. Residents may use a CLEAR bag  no larger than 30×34″ for recycling, so long as the contents are correct.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste includes such items as batteries, motor oil, transmission fluid or brake fluid bottles, pesticides, herbicides and flammable or corrosive bottles. These are not recyclable and the landfill site is not licensed to accept hazardous waste. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville hosts a household hazardous waste day annually. The details are published in local papers and information may be available from the Township office just prior to disposal day, which is generally held on the third Saturday of August and the last Saturday in September.