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.


There are significant budget pressures due to uncertainty of commodity prices. Lower Recycling commodity capture rates due to "no bag" allowances, and lightweighting. The current composting facility at Harper Road is slated to close as of January 1, 2022, and permission to extend in support of a replacement operation are being requested from regulators. The GROW SSO (food) collection and processing project is in the design and approval phase targeting 2023 commissioning. 

The Province of Ontario continues with efforts to transition recycling program and cost responsibilities to the private sector under a full (100%) extended producer responsibility (EPR) program, targeting 2024 implementation. Household Hazardous Waste stewardship transition to full industry funding (EPR) anticipated late in 2021, however no Provincial details have been released yet. 

Waste Diversion, and long-term planning are underway. Emterra (recycling collection and processing contractor) is now in their second year (of seven) servicing the City. Efforts to divert other targeted materials (e.g. polystyrene, textiles) continue to provide valuable data for future program expansion.

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 53%. 

New, more challenging diversion opportunities continue to be investigated, including polystyrene, organics, reuse, bulky plastics, and textiles. The City continues to monitor Federal and Provincial initiatives targeting the reduction and elimination of use of hard to recycle plastic items.

2022 Budget Overview

Waste Management
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $14,004,562
Revenues $7,464,753
Net requirement $6,539,809