Organics make up a big chunk of residential garbage.  Currently, the municipality provides the following options for getting these materials out of the waste stream and turning them into mulch. Please take advantage of the following:

Backyard Composting                                                                       

Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste that is sent to landfill sites (and how many bag tags you need). With composting, organic material is broken down to the consistency of dirt and can be used as mulch, adding nutrients to plants. The great thing about backyard composting is that it generates a wonderful product for your garden and all you must do is put organic material into a composter.  Why have the Municipality collect and landfill organic waste when you can process it on your property for personal use and save money?  Backyard composters may be purchased at the Municipal Office for $40.00 taxes included (price subject to change)



Due to the high water and nitrogen content, grass clippings easily break down when exposed to air and returns the decomposed clippings to the soil within one to two weeks. This allows for the fresh grass clippings to become fertilizer for the lawn that was just cut. With this strategy, you can save yourself the effort of composting and raking up grass clippings and in the end will help your lawn maintain its strength and colour.

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection 

Leaf and yard waste collection occurs once in the spring and once in the fall in Almonte and the villages of Pakenham, Blakeney, Appleton and Clayton. Bags must be biodegradable paper bags.  Items must be out at curbside by 7 a.m on the day of collection to guarantee pick up.  Paper Bags with leaf and yard waste do NOT require garbage tags to be picked up.

 2021 Collection Dates.

Spring Collection:  

 Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - west side of Almonte (garbage collection Wednesday)

 Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - Hamlets/Villages of Appleton, Blakeney, Clayton, Pakenham

 Thursday, May 27, 2021 - east side of Almonte (garbage collection Friday and Whitetail Ridge)

Fall Collection:

 Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - west side of Almonte (garbage collection Wednesday)

 Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - Hamlets/Villages of Appleton, Blakeney, Clayton, Pakenham

Thursday, November 11, 2021 - east side of Almonte (garbage collection Friday and Whitetail Ridge)


Beckwith Transfer Station - 9271 Cavanagh Road, Carleton Place
Monday to Friday 7 am - 5 pm
Saturday 7 am - 12 pm
(Fees may apply)

Howie Road Depot - 1470 Howie Road, Carp
May 1 - October 31 yearly, closed for the winter
Wednesday 3 pm - 7 pm
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm 

Pakenham Depot - 580 Barr Side Road, Pakenham
Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Acceptable Items:

Leaves, brush, pumpkins, grass clippings, garden waste, tree trimmings, house plants.

Clippings from trees and shrubs should be tied with string (no wire) securely in small bundles to permit easy handling.

Items Not Accepted: 

  • NO kitchen waste
  • NO milled lumber
  • NO stumps or tree limbs with a diameter in excess of 50mm (2") - the depots will accept up to 150mm (6")
  • NO unbundled brush
  • NO sod, dirt, soil, stones, garbage, metal or animal droppings