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

Emergency Notice

The Town of Atikokan is currently under a state of emergency due to the Mercury Avenue Culvert failure. For more information, visit the “News” section of our website.

Atikokan's recycling collection transitioning to Circular Materials

As of October 1, 2023, the Town of Atikokan’s recycling program will be managed by Circular Materials, the administrator of the common collection system and a not-for-profit organization that is committed to building an efficient and effective recycling system in Ontario.

We understand residents may be confused about what the transition of the administration of the Town’s recycling to Circular Materials means. Circular Materials has provided a Q&A document to provide more information on the transition, it can be viewed here – Circular Materials Q&A

Collection Day Change
The residential recycling collection day for Town of Atikokan residents will change to Mondays starting on October 2. There will be no change to the materials you currently recycle.

For any recycling-related inquiries, please contact GFL at 1-807-577-0411 or

More information on recycling in the Town of Atikokan can be at:



The Town of Atikokan’s curbside garbage collection is provided by the Public Works Department. Recycling collection is managed by Circular Materials and provided by GFL Environmental. Atikokan’s waste management systems are operated in accordance with By-Law 24-20 Waste Management.

Collection Schedule

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

For Holidays observed on Monday, garbage and recycling collection will be the following Tuesday.
For Holidays observed on Friday, garbage collection will be the preceding Thursday.

Upcoming Holidays:

Thanksgiving – Monday, October 9th garbage and recycling collection will be done on Tuesday, October 10th

Remembrance Day – Friday, November 10th collection will be done on Thursday, November 9th

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 must 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, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 plastics, marked with the plastic # and recycling symbol.
  • Aluminum
  • Tin cans
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper, box board, household paper, magazines
  • Styrofoam, if marked with the recycling symbol

What cannot be recycled:

  • Glass
  • Other plastics (not marked with recycling symbol)
  • Waxed products (milk cartons, juice boxes, soap boxes)
  • Gift wrap

Recycling Guide

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


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

If your recycling was properly prepared for collection and still was not picked up or you have questions regarding your waste collection, please contact GFL Environmental at 1-807-577-0411 or

Landfill & Transfer Station

Using the Transfer Station & Landfill

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: 10:00 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