Garbage & Recycling

Agricultural and industrial Plastic recycling program

Russell Township, in partnership with SWITCH ENERGY CORP, provides free plastic recycling services to local agricultural and industrial businesses. Switch Energy Corp has established a plastic recycling program for the following products:

  • Bale wrap;
  • Silage bags;
  • Bale net wrap;
  • Poly bale twine;
  • Mulch film;
  • Greenhouse film;
  • Pallet stretch wrap;
  • Boat wrap.

In order to become part of the program, please visit the website for more information.

Bale wrap plastic can also be recycled at the Lafleche transfer station in Vars. Plastic must be rolled like a sleeping bag. For more information call 613-443-9552.

Batteries and Electronic Devices


Residents can drop off their used batteries and old cell phones at participating location:

  • Town Hall, 717 Notre-Dame, Embrun, 613-443-3066
  • La Source,825 Notre-Dame, Embrun, 613-443-5642
  • Barry's Home Hardware, 120 Craig St, Russell. Restrictions apply. Please call 613-445-2171

*Portable rechargeable batteries weighing less than 2 lbs/1 Kg.

*9 Volt Batteries must be tapped with electrical tape.

Electronic Devices

Residents can drop off their electronics at participating location:

  • The Computer Dr, 778 Notre-Dame, Embrun, 613-443-3822
  • Laflèche Transfer station, 211 Corduroy Road, Vars, 613-443-9552

44 different types of home, office and portable electronics are accepted, including: amplifiers, audio and video players, cameras, cell phones, computers and peripherals, copiers, fax machines, monitors, pagers and PDAs, printers, radios, receivers, scanners, speakers, telephones and answering machines, tuners, turntables, televisions video projectors.

For information about products, visit



280L (79 cm wide x 84 cm high) composter can be purchased at Town Hall.

Once purchased, you can pick up your composter at the Municipal Garage located at 857 Route 400. Remember to bring your receipt!

IMPORTANT: The sale of composter is offered to residents of the Township of Russell only.

Did you know that composting can help reduce your household waste by up to 30 per cent?

6 good reasons to start composting

  • Conditions your soil for your plants, vegetables, etc.
  • Beneficial for your lawn and garden
  • Recycle your kitchen and yard waste
  • Overall beneficial for the environment
  • Reduces waste brought to the landfill site
  • Saves you money. Free fertilizer

Diaper Program

Ten (10) $200 grants available

Did you know?

1)One child will use 6000 disposable diapers from birth to potty training,which equals one ton of garbage. Using washable diapers will reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill.
2)Disposable diapers take years to decompose.
3)Thousands of trees per year are cut down in Canada to make disposable diapers.
4)Savings of approximately $ 1,500 per child.

Eligibility :
1)From January 1, 2018, must have a child of less than 6 months old or be pregnant;
2)Be a resident of Russell Township;
3)Use washable diapers from birth to potty training;
4)Sign up before December 31, 2018;
5)Submit documentation in the first six months after the birth;
6)Purchase a minimum of 20 new washable diapers during 2018.

Documentation required
1)Proof of residence (e.g. driver’s licence, lease, hydro bill, etc.);
2)Original invoice for the purchase of a minimum of twenty (20) washable diapers;
3)Proof of birth of the child (birth certificate). If you are pregnant, you may submit this at a later date.
4) Completed Application Form

Applications can be submitted via email, with the required documents attached, or dropped off at the Town Hall.


Township of Russell is not responsible for the collection service of waste dumpster. It is the responsibility of the waste dumpster holder / owner to contact a contractor to make an arrangement to get this service.

Garbage Collection & Garbage Tags

Regular Curbside Pick Up
Regular household waste and blue box must be placed at the curb in your driveway by 7 AM on your collection day. Garbage containers must not exceed 125 litres (28 gallons) or 50 lbs (23 kg) in total weight, including the weight of the container. Each residents is allowed 1 bag or garbage container per week (no tag required).

Garbage Tags
Additional bags or containers must have a holographic tag available for purchase for $2 at the following locations:

  • Town Hall, 717 Notre-Dame, Embrun
  • Russell Library, 1053 Concession, Russell
  • Embrun Library, 1215 St-Augustin, Embrun
  • Pronto R J's Convenience store, 1119 Concession, Russell
  • Russell Pharmacy, 110 Craig, Russell
  • Pierre & fils, 951 Notre-Dame, Embrun
  • Jean Coutu, 867 Notre-Dame, Embrun

Note: Additional bags must not exceed 125 litres (28 gallons) or 50 lbs (23 kg) in total weight, including the weight of the container.

Curbside Restrictions
The following items are not collectable at the regular curb side pick-up.

  • Ashes, sawdust or combustible materials;
  • Liquid or semi-liquid waste;
  • Hay, straw and manure, grass clippings, garden materials, leaves, yard waste and tree limbs;
  • Major appliances;
  • Fences, fence posts;
  • Hazardous waste, propane tanks;
  • Tires;
  • Construction or renovation debris;
  • Large household furnishings;
  • Crates or packing material;
  • Automobiles or vehicle parts.

Hazardous materials

Hazardous materials include: 
- paint, 
- flammable products, 
- propane, 
- motor oil, 
- household batteries, 
- acid, 
- aerosols, 
- bases, 
- gas, oxidizers, 
- antifreeze, 
- cleaners, pesticides, and; 
- chemical products 

To dispose of the above, the Township holds a FREE annual drop off event at the municipal garage, located at 857 Route 400 on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Any other time of year, you can use the following options: 

To dispose of household batteries, aerosols, antifreeze, empty oilcans and oil filters visit:  

To dispose of other products such as light bulbs, fluorescent, pesticides, flammable products, fertilizer and pain visit:  

Barry’s Home Hardware (120 Craig St, Russell, ON) accepts residential paints and batteries only (not commercial). Restrictions apply; therefore please call 613-445-2171 before bringing products.  


The GFL Environmental Russell Vars transfer station

Location: 211 Corduroy Road, Vars, Ontario

Business hours: 

Monday - Friday        7am to 5pm 
Saturday                     8am to 12pm
(closed Saturdays during winter months) 
Sunday                        Closed

Starting April 1st, 2017, the transfer station will be open on Saturdays.

Accepted items

For more information, call 1-855-538-2776, 443-9552 or visit their website.

Leaves and Yard Waste

Leaves and Yard Waste can be brought to the GLF Transfer Station in Vars, free of charge to residents. 
See Landfill for more information. 

In addition, twice a year there are Special Collections for Leaves and Yard Waste. 
See Special Collections for more information.

Multiple Residential or Commercial Units

Unless you own or rent a dumpster, you must use garbage tags. The garbage tags are sent by mail in December for the future year and they expire on December 31st of the written year. Please provide a series of 52 tags to each unit, apartment or business under your management. Houses with apartments or businesses are also considered 'multiple units' and will receive a series of 52 tags for each unit under their management as well.

·  Garbage tags must be affixed and visible on each bag or on the top item inside each garbage container on the day of pick-up.

·  TENANTS: Please obtain your garbage tags from your landlord.

Pharmaceuticals and Medical Sharps

Canada's Health Products Stewardship Association has made it possible for Ontarians to return unused or expired medications and sharps, free of charge, to the pharmacies in our community. For a list of collection locations, visit


Recycling collection

There is no limit to the amount of recycling. 

Blue recycling boxes are collected on a weekly basis - the same day as your garbage pickup day.  Your blue box should be placed at the curb next to your garbage by 7 AM on your collection day. Recycling products do not require tags. Please secure recycling products on a windy day. Sorting your recycling is not necessary.

Clear bags are allowed for recycling, as long as the contents can be seen through the bag. 

Broken Blue Box.

Replace your broken blue box by returning the old one to the Township office. The broken or damaged blue box must be identified 'CANTON RUSSELL TOWNSHIP' to be replaced at no cost. Additional blue boxes can be purchased at the cost of $7.00 each. 

What is recyclable?


Food and beverage cans, aluminum foil and plates, trays and wraps and empty paint cans.

Please clean all materials. Put lids aside cans.

NON RECYCLABLE METAL: Pots or scrap metal


Jars and bottles, glass bottles and jars clear or tinted.

Non recyclable glass: drink glasses, ceramic items, window, mirrors or light bulbs


Plastic bottles, containers with #s.

Includes all plastic containers with the appropriate symbol (triangle with identification number 1-2-4-5-7).

Non recyclable plastic: Blister or bubble packs, toys, chairs or stretch wrap (e.g. Saran Wrap MD), plastic with identification number 3 or 6


Boxboard, cardboard, milk or juice boxes, individual drinking boxes, cardboard boxes (cereal, tissue, detergent, eggs cartons, corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags.

Non recyclable cardboards : Waxed coasted boxes or soiled pizza boxes


NEWSPRINT - Newspapers, flyers, magazines, catalogues.

BOXBOARD - Cereal, tissue, detergent boxes, etc. Discard plastic liners.

WRITING - Envelopes, books, computer paper.

OTHER - Egg cartons, coffee trays, phone books.

Non recyclable papers: Soiled newspaper, inserts or magazines, tissue paper, paper towels or laminated paper

Tips & reminder

- Packaging foam is not recyclable. 
- By using clear of plastic bags, paper is not
contaminated by rain or snow and will be recycled instead of being thrown in the garbage. 
- Garbage bags are not recyclable.


Special Collections

Curbside Exchange Day

Saturday, May 13, July 15, September 16 and October 21, 2017. Between 8am to 5pm

  • Sort and set all your treasures on the curbside (CDs, books, old furniture, small appliances, kitchen gadgets, unwanted gifts, etc.);
  • Identify them as “FREE” for the treasure hunters;
  • At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back to your home.


  • Respect other people’s property; don’t walk on people’s lawns and gardens.
  • Take only the treasures marked free at the curb.
  • Don’t discard previously picked-up treasures on another person’s lawn.


Clean Sweep Day

You want to do more? Help us keep our community clean. After cleaning up garbage left behind in parks, ditches and along the road, leave the garbage bags (no tags required!) on the side of the road or at an intersection. The bags will be collected during the following week. The 2017 spring cleaning is April 22, 2017.

Christmas Tree Drop Off

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Embrun and Russell arenas at the designated areas during the designated dates. Please consult the 2017 Garbage Calendar for more details.


Big Items Pick Up

Large item collection scheduled for April 24 to 28, 2017.  Place your items at the end of your drive way ready for pick-up at 7am. Trucks will only drive by once, so make sure the items are out by 7am on Monday.

For more information, click here

*Note that if you have a refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner or dehumidifier, the unit must be drained of Freon (refrigerant) by a certified technician or will not be picked up. 


Leaf and Garden Waste Pick Up

Twice a year, the Township of Russell organises a Leaf and Yard Waste collection. This year’s dares are: Saturday June 3, 2017 and Saturday November 4, 2017.

The curb side leaf and yard waste collection is FREE. Yard waste must be packaged in paper bags or in reusable garbage containers and placed by the curbside by 7:00 am. Plastic bags will not be collected with the exception of the BIOSAK. Bundle and tie branches; length of branches should not exceed 1.2 m (4 feet) & 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. Halloween pumpkins are accepted.