The City of Cornwall's Waste Disposal Site is open:
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon
*Closed all statutory holidays

Did you Know?

  • The City of Cornwall's Waste Disposal Site has an estimated remaining life of 15 years
  • The City's Waste Management Facilities handle on average around 50,000 tonnes of waste per year (includes recycling, garbage, and yard waste) thats 1.06 tonnes per person in Cornwall! 
  • The City of Cornwall operates its facilities under Certificate of Approvals for Waste Management issued by the Province of Ontario. 

The City of Cornwall's Waste Management Department currently oversees one open landfill, two closed landfill sites, a material recovery facility, a composting facility, and a hazardous waste facility. All of these facilities are used to manage the City of Cornwall's waste. 

Book a Tour or Presentation

Are you interested in coming to see one of the City of Cornwall's Waste Management Facilities? Perhaps you are curious as to how your recycling is handled or where your garbage goes? Taking a tour or having a presentation is also a great way to learn more about how you can reduce your waste! The City of Cornwall offers tours and presentations to all age groups and can even customize the tour or presentation to your interests. Fill out the forms below with what you are looking for an a representative from the City will be in touch to confirm the details. 

A person giving a tour of the recycling facility

 City of Cornwall Landfill

The City of Cornwall's Waste Management Department currently manages the Cornwall Waste Disposal Site located at 2590 Cornwall Centre Road. The facility currently sits on 60 hectares of land and accepts waste from the City of Cornwall only. The Landfill was opened in 1985 adjacent to the older landfill site which was opened in 1983 and closed 1985. 

The landfill consists of 4 different quadrants with 2 cells located within each quadrant. Currently the City of Cornwall is filling the last portion of Quadrant 3 cell 2 and moving into Quadrant 4 cell 1. The landfill has an expected lifespan of 15 years which is estimated based on remaining volume. 

The landfill has a gas and leachate management system which works to controls odours from the organic material breaking down inside the landfill which creates methane and other gases. The flare facility located at the Cornwall Waste Disposal Site works to flare off any harmful greenhouses gases and also prevents odours from leaving the facility. The flare facility is currently being replaced at the landfill site, the new flare facility will be capable of capturing and destroying more gas. 

The City of Cornwall accepts material from all types of projects and customers within Cornwall. If you are looking to do a large job that requires the services of the landfill you may need to set up an account, fill out this form for more information. 

 

Hauling to the Landfill 

Haulers must advise the City upon entering the landfill site of the origin of the waste being hauled. Proof of residence may be requested.

Haulers must separate the following materials from regular solid waste upon arrival at the landfill: old corrugated cardboard, scrap metal (including white goods), uncontaminated wood waste, scrap tires, leaf and yard waste.

As per MTO regulations all open loads of waste are to be covered to avoid blowing litter while travelling to the landfill. In order to keep our City clean any loads that arrive at the City of Cornwall uncovered or untarped will be charged an additional "surcharge" at the scalehouse which will be payable the day of the incident. 

 Tipping Fees

The City of Cornwall Waste Disposal site currently charges tipping fees on certain items at its landfill site to help offset the cost of waste management to the Cornwall taxpayers.  Tipping fees are payable by cash or debit at the City of Cornwall Waste Disposal Site's Scale house. All tipping fees are non-negotiable.

Those individuals or business looking to set up an account at the City Landfill can fill out this form. For all businesses that are not based out of Cornwall, a deposit on your account will be required prior to using the landfill. Deposits can be taken to 360 Pitt Street and placed on your account Monday-friday 8:30am-4:30pm. 

As of July 2017, the current tipping fees are as follows: 

 

Item Associated Tipping Fee
Minimum load (less then 150kgs) $10.00
Regular unsorted waste  $75.00 per tonne
Scrap Metal  $75.00 per tonne
Contaminated soil $75.00 per tonne
Concrete, Asphault, Gravel, Dirt $75.00 per tonne
Wood Waste (untreated and unpainted) $62.00 per tonne
Branches & Stumps $62.00 per tonne
Commercial Woodchips (delivered) $35.00 per tonne
Mixed Recycling (over 200 kgs) $45.00 per tonne
Mattresses and Box Springs (surcharge- minimum load cost plus charge) $10.00 per item
CFC White Good Surcharge (surcharge- minimum load cost plus charge) $25.00 per item
Septage $25.00 per tonne
Tires (4 per address/per year) FREE
Electronics FREE
Hazardous Waste (only on hazardous waste depot dates) FREE
Leaf and Yard Waste FREE
Compost or Wood Chips (removed) FREE

 

 

 Material Recycling Facility

The Material Recycling Facility also known as the MRF is located at 2590 Cornwall Centre Road. The Recycling facility currently processes 4700 tonnes of recycling per year. The facility also processes recycling from North and South Stormont, South Dundas, and Akwesasne. 

Baled recycling at the material recovery facility

Once the recycling arrives at the facility, it is hand-sorted by 13 employees into specific catergories. The sorted recycling is then baled and transported to end markets where recycling becomes new material. Below are some examples of what your recycling becomes in Cornwall: 

Material Type What it becomes
Aluminum Cans Pop cans
HDPE Plastic (laundry detergent bottles) Car parts and bodies, outdoor furniture
Newspaper Insulation
Cardboard Packaging and Toilet Paper
Paper Paper towels, toilet paper, packaging
Glass Fibre glass products
PET Bottles (pop bottles, water bottles) T-Shirts, Coats, Underwear, and Carpet
Mixed Plastic  Stadium seats, frisbees, buckets
Mattresses Shoe soles and padding 

The Recycling facility generated $540,000 in 2017, which went to offset the costs associated with Waste Management in the City of Cornwall. 

 Compost Facility 

The City of Cornwall manages a Compost facility located at 2590 Cornwall Centre Road. The Compost facility is where all the leaf and yard waste from the City of Cornwall is managed and turned into compost that residents can then use in their gardens.  

Last year the City of Cornwall processed 1400 tonnes of leaf ad yard waste and turned it into compost. The City of Cornwall uses a windrow method to manage its compost facility. Windrow composting is the production of compost by piling organic matter (leaf and yard waste) in long rows called windrows. This method is best suited to producing large volumes of compost. The rows are generally turned to improve porosity and oxygen content, mix in or remove moisture, and residtribute cooler and hotter portions of the pile. The temperature of the windrows is measured every day and logged to determine when the compost is ready for turning. 

The City of Cornwall allows residents to collect compost for free from the Compost Facility all year round. Residents are responsible for loading their own compost at this facility.

Each year the City also hosts a Horticultural Society fundraiser where pre-bagged compost and wood chips are sold.

 

 Hazardous Waste Depot

The City of Cornwall operates a seasonal Household Hazardous Waste Depot located at 2590 Cornwall Centre Road. Last year the depot recieved 63 tonnes of household hazardou waste, which was recycled or disposed of properly. Household hazardous waste is banned from disposal at the Landfill as it can cause severe environmental consequences.

Image of the Household hazardous Waste depot

The Household Hazardous Waste Depot opens in April each year and closes at the end of November. The Hazardous Waste Depot is currently open 3 times a month. Consult your Curbside Collection Calendar for more information on times and dates. 

All Household Hazardous Waste is accepted free of charge at the City of Cornwall facility, residents are asked to provide proof of address and a labelled container with the hazardous contents. The City facility will not accept unknown substances due to health and safety concerns. The facility also does not accept any materials from industrial, commercial, or institutional facilities. 

 

 Items Accepted 
 

Currently the City of Cornwall's Household Hazardous Waste Depot accepts the following: 

  • Old household cleaners, labelled and inside a container 
  • Paints, Stains, Coatings, Sealants inside the original can or inside a labelled container
  • Aerosol spays, fillers, caulking, inside the original can 
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Antifreeze in the original bottle or in a labelled container and empty antifreeze bottles
  • Recycled Oil 
  • Used Oil filters
  • Batteries 
  • Fertilizers in their original containers, or in a labelled container 
  • Flammable liquids (gasoline, oil, diesel, etc.) in a non-ignatable container and labelled. 
  • Oxidizing chemcials (ammonium, hydrogen peroxide) in a container and labelled
  • Pesticides in a container and labelled 
  • Herbicides in a container and labelled 
  • Pharmaceuticals in a container, with the label removed
  • Light bulbs (CFI, Halogen, LED)
  • Mercury 
  • Ballasts
  • Thermostats 
  • Electronics
  • Microwaves
 Reuse Centre 

The City of Cornwall currently offers a Paint Reuse service at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot where used paints, stains, aerosol sprays, coatings, and sealants that are still good are kept and offered to residents for free to use. 

Residents can come to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot during its operational hours to browse the current inventory. Residents must use a "sign out sheet" provided at the facility to take the material out of the reuse centre.

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Waste Management Division
861 Second Street West, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-937-1777
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