The City of Peterborough's waste management includes the collection, processing and disposal programs/services for garbage, recyclables, green waste, large articles, hazardous waste and electronic waste within the Environmental Services Division.

The Division manages the Peterborough County/City Waste Management Facility, the Material Recycling Facility, the Household Hazardous Waste Depot and the Harper Road Composting Facility.

Proposed 2020 Waste Management budget


Budget pressures will come from a significant decline in selling prices for recyclable material (China's "National Sword"), increased property taxes associated with the landfill, and a growing need to clarify with residents the sorting of recyclables in the blue box.Pursuit of a new organics composting facility at Bensfort Road continues. The current composting facility at Harper Road is slatedto close as of January 1, 2022, and permission to extend in support of a replacement operation will be required.

Transition to a new contract service provider occurred in late 2019 with interim operations and increased costs into 2020. Significant effort will be required to avoid any short-term service interruption, amidst much uncertainty.

Performance Data

The City’s waste collection and diversion programs are quite mature resulting in excellent participation and diversion.

All diversion programs resulted in a residential diversion rate of 56%. 

New, more challenging diversion opportunities continue to be investigated, including organics, reuse, bulky plastics, and textiles. 

A committee, including citizens, is focusing on reduction of single-use plastics has been created to investigate opportunities, and prioritize efforts in these challenging environmental times.