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Free Week at the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility May 5-12

May 6, 2013 – To encourage participation in the municipal Spring Up to Clean Up Program, landfill tipping fees are waived for all residents driving cars and non-commercial light trucks from Sunday, May 5, to Sunday, May 12.

Free week at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road has become an annual event for many residents in Thunder Bay as spring weather inspires clean-up activities in homes and yards. The waiving of tipping fees does not apply to commercial vehicles.

“Free week is a great chance for homeowners to spruce up their homes and yards and deliver waste to the landfill without having to pay the normal tipping fees,” says Sgt. Glenn Porter, Thunder Bay Police. 

Every year there are problems with unsecured loads on the way to the Landfill. Garbage spilling out onto the road poses a real danger to the vehicles following behind. Litter flying out of trucks and trailers is not only unsightly, but harmful to the environment as well. All loads must be covered and secured.

“Vehicle inspections will go hand in glove with the load inspections,” says Porter. “If someone thinks that driving the old beater pick-up out to the dump to avoid the tipping fees is the trick, it might be time to spend a few dollars to get it "street-legal" first. Most importantly, make sure you have a driver's licence. If you are suspended or unlicensed, get someone else to drive. Equipment, loads, documents and speeds will all be under closer scrutiny. Clean up the yard and the garage and have some fun saving money, but get things right before the wheels start turning!” 
Traffic at the site increases significantly in the spring and especially during Spring Up to Clean Up.  All loads coming in must be organized so they can be easily removed at the proper laydown areas. Laydown areas appear in the following order and as you drive through the site:

Second right turn after you enter the site:

  • Household Recycling – paper, glass, cardboard, tetra paks and milk cartons, metal cans, aluminum cans and #1 and #2 plastic bottles only
  • E-Waste – electronics
  • Household Hazardous Waste – used motor oil, solvents, left-over paint, etc.

Public Waste Disposal Area

  • Household Garbage
  • Scrap Metal
  • Large / bulky Items – such as mattresses and furniture
  • Tires
  • BicyclesCompost Laydown / Clean Wood Waste

Main Tipping Face

Using special laydown areas for materials like scrap metal, compost, tires and hazardous waste prevents these items from being buried in with the garbage. 

Please be patient with the increased volume of traffic and drive carefully. If possible, visit the site on Sunday, May 5 or Sunday,May 12 when fewer vehicles are on site. Early mornings are the best time of day to come in order to avoid lineups. Kiosk staff at the public Weigh Scale will direct you to the Public Waste Disposal Area or Main Tipping Face depending on your load.

For more information on recycling, landfill and Spring Up to Clean Up contact the Infrastructure & Operations Dispatcher at 625-2195.

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Contact: Sgt. Glenn Porter, Traffic Section – Thunder Bay Police, 684-1226 
              Brad Adams, Manager – Roads Division 625-2195