Office: 120 Marks Street, Box# 1330 Atikokan / ON P0T 1C0

Effective January 3, 2023, the Town of Atikokan will take over Waste Management, including garbage and recycling collection and operation of the Transfer Station. 

Will my garbage pick-up day change?

Your regular pick-up day will not change. However, on the following statutory holidays, pick-up will be the next working day:

New Year’s Day
Family Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Civic Holiday
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
New Year’s Eve

Do the same collection rules apply?

Yes, the rules regarding collection are established by Town by-law. These rules will not change. Curbside waste that is not properly prepared for collection (see: Preparing garbage or recycling for pick-up) will not be collected and will be the owner’s responsibility.

Will recycling collection change?

No, recycling for all residents will still be collected on Tuesdays.

Who do I contact if my garbage is not picked up?

If your curbside collection was missed, you can contact the Town Waste Management Department at waste@atikokan.ca or call 807-597-1234 extension 236.

Will the operation of the Transfer Station change?

Yes. Beginning January 2023, the Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday and all statutory holidays (see: Hours of Operation at bottom of page). Alternatively, the transfer station will now open at 10:00 am on Sunday.

Recycling, brush, and scrap metal items will continue to be accepted at the Transfer Station free of charge. Hazardous waste materials (including light bulbs, batteries, hazardous liquids, etc.) will not be accepted at the Transfer Station.

Oversized items, full truck loads and trailer loads will be directed to the Pipeline Road Landfill site by the Transfer Station Attendant. Keys for the Pipeline Road Landfill are signed out by the attendant.
Please note, Pipeline Road Landfill keys will not be issued within the last hour of the Transfer Station closing.

Will the operation of the Pipeline Road landfill change?

The hours of the Pipeline Road landfill will change to be consistent with the Transfer Station Hours. Keys for the Pipeline Road Landfill will not be issued within an hour of the Transfer Station Closing. Keys for the Pipeline Road Landfill are available from the Transfer Station Attendant during operating hours (see: Hours of Operation at bottom of page)

Will the cost of dump tokens change?

No, at this time the tipping fees for the Transfer Station and Pipeline Road Landfill will remain the same.
Tipping Fees

Collection

The Town of Atikokan’s curbside garbage and recycling collection is provided by the Public Works Department and operated in accordance with By-Law 24-20 Waste Management

Collection Schedule

Recycling is collected weekly on Tuesday. Garbage is collected weekly in accordance with the Collection Schedule.

Garbage Collection Schedule

Preparing garbage or recycling for pick-up:

  • Each household is permitted two free garbage receptacles (bags or cans) but may place two additional bags out for collection if bag tags are attached.
  • There is no limit on how many recycling receptacles may be collected, provided they fit the size and weight restrictions.
  • No garbage or recycling container can be larger than 121L in volume and 36” in height. Garbage bags must be between 50L and 120 L in capacity. The container or bag and any garbage/recycling it contains cannot weight more than 33 lbs (15 kg) for curbside collection.
  • Recycling bags must be clear or blue transparent bags.
  • Any garbage or recycling that does not readily fit in a receptacle (such as cardboard) will be collected as a bundle provided it is not more than 3’ (.09 m) in length and securely tied.
  • Bundles cannot weight more than 33 lbs (15 kg) for garbage or 10 lbs (4.53 kg) for recycling.
  • All garbage or recycling shall be placed at the designated pick-up point no later than 7:00 AM on the day of collection.
  • Between the months of May 1 to October 31, no person shall place garbage at the pick up point earlier than 5:00 AM on the day of pick up.
  • Between the months of November 1 to April 30, no person shall place garbage at the pick up point earlier than 5:00 AM on the day of pick up, unless the garbage is stored in an Approved Container.

What can be recycled:

  • #1 PETE and #2 HDPE plastics
  • Aluminum
  • Tin cans
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper, box board, household paper, magazines

What cannot be recycled:

  • Styrofoam
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Waxed products (milk cartons, juice boxes, soap boxes)
  • Gift wrap
  • Ketchup, sour cream, yogurt containers, Tropicana products marked #2

Why wasn’t my garbage/recycling picked up?

  • Were your cans, bags or bundles placed at the curbside by 7:00 AM on the assigned collection day (Tuesday for recycling)?
  • Does your can, bag or bundle weigh more than 33 lbs (15 kg)?
  • Do you have more than two receptacles without bag tags? Are your bag tags affixed to the bag so they can be seen by the collector?
  • Are your recycling items contaminated or do you have items that cannot be recycled mixed in?
  • Dirty items or garbage will not be collected with recycling.
  • Are any cardboard boxes broken down and neatly bundled within the size requirements?
  • Have animals destroyed your bags

Issues?

If your garbage/recycling was properly prepared for collection and still was not picked up or you have questions regarding your waste collection, please contact waste@atikokan.ca or call (807) 597-1234 ext. 236.

Landfill & Transfer Station

The Town of Atikokan owns and maintains a landfill site located on Pipeline Road, approximately 18 km from Town and a Transfer Station located on Highway 622.

Using the Transfer Station

The transfer station will accept small loads of household waste. Recycling, brush and scrap metal are accepted free of charge. If your load is too large, the Transfer Station attendant will direct you to the Pipeline Road Landfill.

Pull up to the transfer station and proceed to the landfill attendant, they will collect your token and direct you where to dump. If you are dumping material that does not require a token, you will still need to see the attendant so they may inspect your load and direct you.
For most household waste, the attendant will direct you to the transfer bins. Simply back up the ramp to the large yellow bin and unload your waste.

Hazardous waste materials (including light bulbs, batteries, hazardous liquids, etc.) will not be accepted at the Transfer Station or Landfill.

Using the Pipeline Road Landfill

Large items, full truck loads, construction/demolition projects and full trailer loads will be directed to the Pipeline Road Landfill. The landfill is unmanned, to access the landfill, first report to the Transfer Station during operating hours and see the Transfer Station Attendant who will take your dump token, inspect your load and sign you out a key.

Please note, Pipeline Road Landfill keys will not be issued within the last hour of the Transfer Station closing.

Tipping Fees

Hours of Operation

Transfer Station
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pipeline Road Landfill
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You must attend the Transfer Station before proceeding to the landfill

 

The Transfer Station and Landfill are closed on the following statutory holidays:

New Year’s Day
Family Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Civic Holiday
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
New Year’s Eve