Future Waste Options Study

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The City is currently exploring ways to sustainably manage our waste to meet the future needs of all those who live, work and visit Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Lakes is planning for the future in how it will manage residual waste (garbage) once the approved landfill capacity is filled up. What’s in the garbage bag today will not look the same in the future as the way in which products are packaged keeps changing and new programs may be in place that divert more materials from landfill. Currently, Kawartha Lakes is diverting almost 40% of waste from landfill. Even when the municipality reaches its goal of diverting 70% of waste from landfill through reduction, reuse and recycle programs, the municipality will still have to manage the garbage that remains.



The municipality's garbage is disposed of across five landfills with the Lindsay Ops Landfill accepting 70% of all waste. The Lindsay Ops Landfill is anticipated to reach capacity in the next eight to 15 years and two other landfills (Fenelon and Laxton) are expected to reach capacity within the next two to four years.



Kawartha Lakes retained Dillon Consulting to complete a Future Waste Options Study to explore the different options the municipality can use to manage garbage into the future. This study reviewed nine options that included both landfill-related options (e.g., add a new landfill, expand an existing landfill, export) and alternative technology-based options (e.g., mixed waste processing, incineration). Each option was evaluated to assess potential social, environmental, and financial impacts.


Thank you for Jumping In!

Over the spring and summer of 2022, stakeholders shared their thoughts by:

  • Attending an open house
  • Completing a survey
  • Reading the Study Summary and/or watching a video
  • Submitting questions or comments

What are the next steps?

Since the municipal election takes place this October, the engagement results and final Study Report will be presented to the new Council in January or February 2023.


The Future Waste Options Study did not look at specific landfill sites to expand. If the City pursues landfill expansion, an Individual Environmental Assessment will be completed which will identify the preferred site(s). Further opportunities for engagement and consultation will take place throughout an Environmental Assessment process.





Check out the nine options below and read the Study Summary Document for more information.





Landfill expansion of a City-owned site(s) was the highest-ranking option in the study.





The City is currently exploring ways to sustainably manage our waste to meet the future needs of all those who live, work and visit Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Lakes is planning for the future in how it will manage residual waste (garbage) once the approved landfill capacity is filled up. What’s in the garbage bag today will not look the same in the future as the way in which products are packaged keeps changing and new programs may be in place that divert more materials from landfill. Currently, Kawartha Lakes is diverting almost 40% of waste from landfill. Even when the municipality reaches its goal of diverting 70% of waste from landfill through reduction, reuse and recycle programs, the municipality will still have to manage the garbage that remains.



The municipality's garbage is disposed of across five landfills with the Lindsay Ops Landfill accepting 70% of all waste. The Lindsay Ops Landfill is anticipated to reach capacity in the next eight to 15 years and two other landfills (Fenelon and Laxton) are expected to reach capacity within the next two to four years.



Kawartha Lakes retained Dillon Consulting to complete a Future Waste Options Study to explore the different options the municipality can use to manage garbage into the future. This study reviewed nine options that included both landfill-related options (e.g., add a new landfill, expand an existing landfill, export) and alternative technology-based options (e.g., mixed waste processing, incineration). Each option was evaluated to assess potential social, environmental, and financial impacts.


Thank you for Jumping In!

Over the spring and summer of 2022, stakeholders shared their thoughts by:

  • Attending an open house
  • Completing a survey
  • Reading the Study Summary and/or watching a video
  • Submitting questions or comments

What are the next steps?

Since the municipal election takes place this October, the engagement results and final Study Report will be presented to the new Council in January or February 2023.


The Future Waste Options Study did not look at specific landfill sites to expand. If the City pursues landfill expansion, an Individual Environmental Assessment will be completed which will identify the preferred site(s). Further opportunities for engagement and consultation will take place throughout an Environmental Assessment process.





Check out the nine options below and read the Study Summary Document for more information.





Landfill expansion of a City-owned site(s) was the highest-ranking option in the study.





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