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Free Week at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility – May 1 to 8

Police Reminder: Loads Must be Covered and Secure

April 29, 2011 – To encourage participation in the municipal Spring Up to Clean Up Program, landfill tipping fees are waived for all cars and non-commercial light trucks from Sunday, May 1, to Sunday, May 8. Regular tipping fees apply to all loads brought onto the site in commercial vehicles. Free week at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road has become an annual event for many residents in Thunder Bay. Spring inspires clean up activities in homes and yards.

“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.” 

Thunder Bay Police will be monitoring traffic and enforcing the Highway Traffic Act, which states that all loads brought to the landfill, must be sufficiently covered and secured. Litter clean up is expensive and violators are subject to fines. Bring your load in a covered vehicle or truck or secure a canopy or tarp over open loads. Always tie down larger items such as lumber and garbage bags. 

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. As you drive through the site, you will pass these laydown areas in this order:

Second right turn after you enter the site:
• Household Recycling – paper, glass, cardboard, tetra paks & 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

Compost 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 1 or Sunday May 8 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 Transportation & Works Dispatcher at 684-2195.

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Contact: Sgt. Glenn Porter, Traffic Section, Thunder Bay Police, 684-1226
 Jason Sherband, Acting Supervisor, Landfill & Recycling 627-4888

Note to assignment editors:  A photo opportunity can be arranged by contacting Sergeant Glenn Porter, Thunder Bay Police, at 684-1226.