2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jan 19, 2017

The following events are being held for residents of the Municipality of Highlands East:

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, June 24th from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Gooderham Transfer Station

Saturday, August 19th from 1:00PM through 4:00PM
1042 McColl's Road just east of Gooderham.

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, October 28th from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Residents of Highlands East can also attend the following HHW events being held at the Faraday Public Works Yard at 29860 Hwy. 28 South (across from the intersection of Monck Road and Hwy. 28) from 9:30AM through 2:30PM:

  • May 13th, 2017
  • June 10th, 2017
  • July 8th, 2017
  • August 12th, 2017
  • September 16th, 2017

Be sure to bring your landfill disposal card with you to these events.

Contact the Environmental Department at 613-339-2442 for more information or download our helpful flyer: What can I bring to HHW Events?

Cardiff & Dyno Estates Drinking Water Systems Operational Plan

Posted to Environmental, Services on Dec 5, 2016

The Operational Plan can be viewed at our main office located at 2249 Loop Road Wilberforce, ON or at our Environmental Office located at 2778 Monck Road, Cardiff, ON.

Cardiff & Dyno Estate Drinking Water Systems Financial Report 2016

Posted to Downloads, Environmental, Financial Reports, Services on Dec 5, 2016

Notice regarding Sewage Disposal System Maintenance Inspection Program

Posted to Building, By-Law, Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Jul 13, 2016

Council of the Municipality of Highlands East is committed to the preservation of the environment and natural resources of the area and is therefore considering the implementation of a sewage system maintenance inspection program commencing in the spring of 2017.  The objective of a program of this nature is to aid in keeping our lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater pollution free. Sewage disposal systems that are improperly maintained, outdated or malfunctioning may have a negative impact on the groundwater, the surrounding water bodies and the environment.

Most properties within the Municipality function with private on-site systems which are regulated through the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which is enforced by the Municipality.  It is through Part 8 of the OBC that the Municipality may initiate an inspection program.  This type of program is normally conducted on a 5 year cycle with all properties within the Municipality with systems older than 5 years being reviewed area-by-area on an annual basis until complete.
To date, Council has not determined the type of program that may be conducted; however the program would likely include a visual inspection of the property with respect to:

  • Type and number of buildings on the property
  • Type of system being used ie: privy, grey water or leaching bed
  • Evidence of sewage effluent ponding, odour or unusually green or thick grass growing on or around the tile bed
  • Surface water or ground water flows toward the sewage system
  • Tree or vegetation growth on the tile bed
  • Location of the septic system

A letter would be sent to the property owner following the inspection indicating the results. If any deficiencies have been found these would be noted in the letter. Further inspections may be required which may include opening and pumping of tanks or excavating the tile bed for inspection.

Tips for keeping your sewage disposal system happy

  • Avoid planting vegetation that has a deep root system on the leaching bed
  • Ensure that trees are at least 3m (10 feet) away from the runs in the tile bed
  • Pump the septic tank every 3 to 5 years depending on how often the system is used
  • Do not use a sink garburator
  • Do not connect water softener backwash to the septic system
  • Ensure that materials such as Kleenex, sanitary products, grease, oil, solvents, paints, food waste or excessive laundry soaps do not enter the system
  • Do not park vehicles, trailers, or other equipment or drive on the tile bed.
  • Do not use anti-bacterial products

Let’s all work together to keep our lakes, rivers and streams healthy and pollution free for our children and grandchildren.  Future generations are counting on us.

Tipping Fees for Waste Sites

Posted to Environmental, Services on May 23, 2013

The following items are not accepted at Highlands East Landfills:

  • Propane Tanks
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Paint

The following items are accepted at no charge:

  • Household Garbage (under 1 cubic-yard)
  • Recyclable Material
  • Scrap Metal
  • Tires (off rim)
  • Tagged or Untagged CFC (Freon) Appliance
  • Brush
  • Oil Tank (empty, dry and cut in half)
  • E-Waste

The following items are accepted with a fee:

  • $20/cubic-yard: Bulk Garbage (over 1 cubic-yard)
  • $30/cubic-yard: Construction Materials and Shingles (sorted)
  • $50/cubic-yard: Construction Materials (unsorted)
  • $50/cubic-yard: Contaminated Soil (soil must meet all regulatory guidelines for acceptance at landfills)
  • $10/unit: Non-CFC (Freon Appliance)
  • $10/unit: Furniture, Mattress, Box Spring
  • $4/ft: Boat with motor & gas tank removed and not stripped of metal
  • $2/ft: Boat with motor & gas tank removed and stripped of metal

Invasive Species: What’s that alien doing in your garden?

Posted to Environmental, Services on Aug 12, 2012

By: Katherine Hills 

Dog Strangling Vine

Environment Canada defines an alien species as a species that has “become established in areas outside of their natural range”. These species can come from across the world, or from another region in Canada. Very often, alien species do not pose a significant risk to the health and biodiversity of our ecosystems and may actually be beneficial (for example, honeybees were introduced to North America in the 1600s via English settlers but are key pollinators of our crops and wild flowers). However, when the introduction or spread of an alien species threatens the environment, economy, or society, including human health, that species is considered invasive.

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Cardiff & Dyno Estate Drinking Water Systems Financial Report 2012

Posted to Downloads, Environmental, Financial Reports, Services on Mar 15, 2012

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust: Protecting our lands for generations to come.

Posted to Environmental, Services on Nov 9, 2011
Crimson Grey by Lyn Winans

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is a non-profit, non-governmental, registered environmental charity. Its mission is to protect the natural heritage of Haliburton County for future generations.

To get involved, and for more information visit www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca

Gooderham Uranium Level Report

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jul 12, 2011

The report available for download below shows uranium levels in the water collected at the public water tap at the Gooderham Post Office. The Maximum Acceptable Concentration is 20 ug/L and the report shows that the water tested has 1.83 ug/L.

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Waste Management 'Cottage Kits' For Seasonal Residents Now Available

Posted to Administrative, Environmental, Services on May 11, 2011

In order to simplify the management of garbage and recycling for seasonal residents and visitors to Highlands East, we have created the Cottage Kit. 

Included in the the Cottage Kit is everything you'll need to dispose of your garbage safely and in accordance with Municipal By-Laws:

  • A map showing the location of each of Highlands East's landfill sites, the hours of operation for each and a list of disposal fees.
  • A Landfill Pass that will allow you a one-time admission to one of our landfill sites.
  • One clear bag (for garbage).
  • Two clear, blue recycling bags (for containers) and one, sturdy paper bag (for fibres).
  • Recycling & Disposal Information and Safelty Guidelines

Kits are available for $3 each or 10 for $25 and can be purchased at any of Highlands East's Municipal Offices in Wilberforce, Cardiff or Gooderham.

For more information please download the 2011 Cottage Kit Welcome Letter.