June Update from Township of Rideau Lakes

Time is flying by as we are into our last week of June.  July is almost here and I hope you are ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  Happy Birthday Canada!!
Portland Transfer Station  
The Site is open Saturday, July 1st from 8am – 11am only. 
Regular hours of operation at the Site are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am – 4pm.  Items that are accepted free of charge at the Portland Transfer Station include all recycling materials, electronics, scrap metal, tire (clean & off the rim), leaves/grass clippings/dead flowers.
All waste entering the site is chargeable at a rate of $218/tonne, with a minimum charge of $10.00.  Small amounts of construction material are accepted (e.g. drywall, lumber, shingles, insulation, windows/doors, carpet/flooring, etc). Demolition material is not accepted (if you tear down a house/shed/garage). Bagged waste entering the Site, MUST BE IN CLEARBAGS (dark bags are not accepted). The Site accepts cash, debit, mastercard/visa. Personal cheques are not accepted. Bag tags are not valid at the Portland Transfer Station.
Canada’s 150th Events
For information regarding events taking place in Rideau Lakes for Canada’s 150th, visit the Events page on our website at http://www.twprideaulakes.on.ca/rec-events.html#july.
Environmental Services Open House
Do you have questions about your curbside collection or the Portland Transfer Station? Come see us at our 4th Open House and find out about your waste and recycling collection services, what materials can be recycled, the landfill site, and other topics related to waste and recycling.  Join us from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the South Elmsley Community Hall on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The hall is located at #441 Hwy 15 in Lombardy.  Staff will be there to answer your questions or to address any concerns you have about waste and recycling in your Township.
Household Hazardous Waste Day – Saturday, July 15th, Lombardy Fair Grounds
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is hosting one of their household hazardous waste event in Rideau Lakes this year. The event is being held on Saturday, July 15 from 8:30am-2:00pm at the Lombardy Fair Grounds at 6 Kelly Road, Lombardy.  Mark your calendar or set a reminder, as this is the only opportunity for you to dispose of your household hazardous waste in Rideau Lakes this year.  If you cannot attend this event, go to http://www.twprideaulakes.on.ca/documents/2017/HHW%20Days%20Poster%202017.pdf to view the County poster with other dates & locations in 2017.  This event is free of charge and open to residents in Rideau Lakes and the Village of Westport.  
Hazardous Waste Items include:

  • Batteries (household & car)

  • Paint/Stains/Primers

  • Solvents

  • Used oil/gasoline/diesel (must be in container)

  • Fluorescent light bulbs & tubes

  • Household cleaning products

  • Household detergents, waxes

  • Pharmaceuticals (pills, medicine, NO needles)

  • Pesticides/Fertilizers/Herbicides/Insecticides

  • Propane tanks (1 lb single use only)

  • Propane tanks (20lbs)

  • Swimming pool chemicals

  • Windshield washer fluid

  • Spent fire extinguishers

  • Aerosols

  • And other hazardous products

Sunday Island Service – For Island/Water Access Only Property Owners
In 2008, Sunday Island Service was introduced and a few years later it was extended to all residents. However, in 2017 this Sunday Service is once again only available only to property owners that do not have road access. Any resident who owns property on an island or has strictly water access only will benefit from this weekly service representing your curbside collection. If you live on the mainland and have weekly curbside collection you are not entitled to use the Sunday Service.

All rules associated with curbside collection apply for Sundays - Visit our website at www.twprideaulakes.on.ca or the Township calendar for details. Construction or demolition material and other large items will not be accepted during this Sunday Service. Names and proof of address will be required and recorded during Sunday Island Service.
Please note the time of this Service has also changed. Township trucks will be at locations from 4pm-6pm ONLY until Thanksgiving weekend at the following locations.  You are not permitted to leave your bags before or after the service hours. Illegal dumping is a fineable offence.
Rabies Clinics
The Health Unit holds Rabies Clinic in Rideau Lakes and surrounding areas each year.  The 2017 clinics are - Wednesday, September 13 at the Municipal Office in Chantry from 2:00-6:00pm and Wednesday, September 20 at the Elgin Fire Hall from 2:00-6:00pm.  Visit the Health Unit’s website for more information.  http://www.healthunit.org/
Brush Voucher
Each household is entitled to one free half ton truck load of brush in 2017.  Email Amy at aschur@twprideaulakes.on.ca to get your voucher number before you visit the Site. 
Amateur Photo Contest
Back by popular demand! Photos are being accepted until August 31st, for our 2018 calendar!  Would you like to see your photo in the next edition of the Township Information Calendar? If so, submit your amateur photos of Rideau Lakes, (maximum of 4 per person) on a cd or by email (in jpeg format) to aschur@twprideaulakes.on.ca.  Contact Amy for more information.
Township After Hours Service
Is available for issues that cannot wait until the next business day – call 1-877-798-5725.  Please do not use this number for inquiries about your waste and recycling collection, taxes, to advise that your road needs grading or animal control. This number is for urgent issues such as a tree down, flooded road or washout.
Portland Transfer Station Improvements
Plans are well underway for improvements at the Portland Transfer Station. We hope to begin construction early fall, to avoid interfering with summer traffic. You will see improvements take place throughout the fall and winter to separate the waste and recycling areas, re-locate the weigh scales, improve entrance and exit area to address safety issues and make the site more user friendly. During the improvement phase, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Recycle at The Beer Store
Did you know? 
In 2016 there were 1,577,574,979 bottles/containers collected at The Beer Store, as part of their Green take-it-back recycling program. Non-refillable glass is recycled into new bottles or fibreglass insulation; aluminum is recycled into new aluminum cans; PET (plastic) is recycled into plastic lumber and other plastics products; cardboard/boxboard is recycled into new paper products.
Did you also know?
That you can recycle all of your liquor, spirits and beer products at The Beer Store. What does this mean? The Beer Store accepts beer bottle caps, wine corks, mesh sleeves, beer cartons/cases, wine boxes, cans, bottles, paper bags and all other packaging. Any product that was generated from your purchase at the LCBO, The Liquor Store or The Beer Store, can be taken back for recycling at The Beer Store.
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Have a wonderful day,
Michelle Jones
Manager of Facilities &
Environmental Services
H & S Co-Chair
Township of Rideau Lakes
1-800-928-2250Ext 230
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