Garbage & Recycling


bagged leaves

Garbage Collection

Weekly curbside collection of household garbage is available to all residential dwellings and apartments with not more than five units. Collection service is provided on the following schedule:

  • Collection for north of 10th Street, including the north side of 10th Street – Thursdays
  • Collection for south of 10th Street, including the south side of 10th Street – Fridays


  • Place garbage beside road or curb before or by 6:00am on your scheduled day to ensure pickup.
  • All bags must be tagged for collection by wrapping the bag tag around the neck of the bag.
  • If you are using a garbage container, wrap the bag tag on the top bag in the container so that it is visible when the lid is lifted.

Clear Garbage Bag Policy

The outer bag for containment of waste shall be clear & transparent (non-tinted). Bags shall be no larger than 26” x 36” and can be placed in a waste container for collection. Each bag placed at the curb for collection shall weigh no more than 50 pounds (23 kg). Unlimited clear kitchen catcher size (20" x 22") bags may be placed inside the larger clear bag. If your waste is not collected, a sticker indicating the reason why will be attached to the bag. Town of Hanover bag tags are required to be wrapped around the neck of the bag. To address privacy of personal items, one solid colour “privacy bag” no larger than 20” x 22” (the size of a kitchen catcher or grocery bag) inside each clear bag is permitted.

  • Unlimited clear kitchen catcher size (20” x 22”) bags may be placed inside the larger bag.
  • If your waste is not collected, a sticker indicating the reason why will be attached to the bag.
  • Town of Hanover bag tags are still required to be wrapped around the neck of the “clear bag”.

Bag Tag Purchase

Bag tags are sold at a cost of $2.50 per tag. Tags are available at the following locations:

Municipal Office | 341 10th St. Monday to Friday | 10:00am to 4:30pm
Hanover Public Library | 451 10th Ave. Monday to Thursday | 10:00am to 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday | 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Circle K | 464 10th St. Open 24 hours/7 days
Pioneer Gas Bar | 857 10th St. Open 24 hours/7 days
Canadian Tire Gas Bar | 896 10th St. Monday to Saturday | 6:30am to 10pm
Sunday | 7:30am to 10pm
Giant Tiger | 880 10th St. Monday to Saturday | 8:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am to 6:00pm
MacEwen Gas Bar | 594 10th St. Monday to Friday | 5:30am to 11:00pm
Saturday 6:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am to 10:00pm

Recycling Collection

2023 Recycling Schedule 

Bi-weekly curbside collection of recyclables and cardboard is provided to all residential, commercial and institutional properties.

Recycling FAQS

Winter Recycling Tips


  • Place recyclables beside the road or curb by 6:00am on your designated collection day.
  • Flatten and bundle all corrugated cardboard to a maximum size of 30” x 30” x 8”. Place beside your blue box.
  • Rinse all food / beverage containers before placing in your blue box.
  • Maximum blue box size is 83 litres and shall weigh no more than 23 kg. (50 lbs.)
  • NEW - All material must be loose in blue boxes. Do not use plastic bags.

Landfill Site

The Hanover/Walkerton Landfill Site services the Town of Hanover and the Town of Walkerton only.


Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday | 8:00am to 3:00pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and all statutory holidays.

Styrofoam Recycling Information

Sorting of Materials

Please ensure that waste is separated and placed in the following designated areas:

  • metal and appliances (large and small) in the STEEL area
  • brush and non-manufactured wood in WOOD area
  • asphalt shingles in SHINGLE area when the bin is available
  • non-painted new drywall in DRYWALL area

Materials accepted for recycling and composting

  • Blue Box Recyclables including Cardboard
  • Clothing - Drop-off bin provided in recycling area
  • Compost such as grass clippings, leaves, yard waste and small articles of brush. These items should be delivered to the site in either reusable containers or compostable bags

Materials NOT accepted 

  • Paint
  • Propane Cylinders
  • Hazardous Materials

       These items can be delivered during residential household hazardous waste day events.

Materials accepted for electronic waste recycling

  • computers, monitors, hard drives, DVD players, CD players, radios, projectors, televisons, answering machines, MP3 players, projectors, pagers, cordless & rotary telephones and printing devices
  • household appliances are NOT accepted and must be included with your household waste
  • ensure that no electronic waste is contained in any loads delivered to the landfill site for disposal


  • all bags must be clean, dry and empty
  • remove all food, stickers and receipts
Types of Bags Accepted
  • retail, newspaper, flyer, dry cleaning, electronic equipment, bread, fresh vegetable and produce, frozen vegetable, bulk goods, milk (outer), water softener, salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles), diaper and hygiene (outer), soil, mulch, garden product
Types of Overwrap Accepted
  • toilet paper, napkin, paper towel, bottled water, soda

Drop-Off Location - Fill an empty grocery or retail bag with plastics and tie tightly. Place filled bags in the yellow bin at the landfill site.

Accepted ItemsOnly bags identified by #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) or #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) are accepted.
Retail and Packaging Bags
  • Grocery and Retail Bags
  • Newspaper and Flyer Bags
  • Dry Cleaning Bags
  • Electronic Equipment Bags
Food and Produce Bags
  • Bread Bags
  • Fresh Vegetable and Produce Bags
  • Frozen Vegetable Bags
  • Bulk Goods Bags
  • Milk Outer Bags
Product Packaging and Wrap
  • Water Softener and Salt Bags (Remove rigid plastic handles
  • Toilet Paper, Napkin and Paper Towel Over Wrap
  • Diaper and Feminine Hygiene Product Outer Bags
  • Bottled Water and Soda Case Over Wrap
  • Soil, Mulch etc. Garden Product Bags (clean, dry and empty)
Not Accepted
  • Unclean Items with Food or Dirt Residue
  • Packaging in Contact with Meat
  • Packaging in Contact with Dairy
  • Biodegradeable or Compostable Plastics
  • Crinkly, Non-stretch Wrap, Packaging and Bottle Seals
  • Agricultural Bale, Boat and Shrink Wrap
  • Beverage Rings
  • Stretch Cling Wrap
  • Chip, Cookie, Chocolate and Snack Bar Wrappers
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Zipper Lock and Resealable Bags

 Landfill Tipping Fees (effective January 1, 2022)

Type of WasteFee
Residential/Commercial Garbage $135/tonne (minimum charge $10)
Non-Sorted Waste $270/tonne
Non-Hazardous Industrial Waste $270/tonne
Car Tires  No Charge - max. 10/customer/day
Truck Tires  No Charge - max. 10/customer/day
Appliances (freon removed) $12/each (with freon removed)
Brush (over 2 inch diameter) $135/tonne
Brush (2 inch diameter or less) No Charge
Leaves/Compost No Charge
Recyclables No Charge
Spring Mattresses $20/each

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Household Hazardous Waste Days

Saturday October 21, 2023, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Public Works Yard - 70 14th Avenue, Hanover

The Household Hazardous Waste Day Events are provided on behalf of the Hanover/Walkerton Waste Management Committee. The events are free to the residents of Hanover and Walkerton.  Further details regarding dates and locations will be advertised in The Post and online at

At your Household Hazardous Waste Depot, there will be trained professionals who will receive, package, transport and store the materials safely and in compliance with all regulations. Empty containers are to be recycled or disposed of with your household waste.


The following hazardous waste items will be accepted at no charge throughout the year at the following locations:

PHARMACEUTICALS AND SHARPS (all sharps must be contained in a rigid container)

Pharmacies located at:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Grants Your Independent Grocer
  • Pharma Plus
  • Walmart
  • Hanover Pharmasave


  • Jiffy Lube


  • Cuneo Interiors
  • Hanover Home Hardware
  • Hanover Rona Building Centre

Please do not mix paint/stain materials together. All paint and stain must be in original containers and not dried out. Empty paint containers can be placed in your blue box for regular recycling pick up. Please remove lid before placing in box.


  • Hanover Municipal Office
  • Landfill Site Trailer
  • Canadian Tire
  • Hanover Home Hardware
  • Hanover Rona Building Centre
  • Hanover Public Library


  • Hanover Municipal Office
  • Landfill Site Trailer
  • Canadian Tire
  • Hanover Rona Building Centre
  • Hanover Public Library


  • Canadian Tire
  • Hanover Rona Building Centre


  • Hanover Public Library

bagged leaves

Commencing the week of October 18, 2021 to the end of November Public Works staff will collect leaves once a week on either Monday or Tuesday. Leaves should be placed at the curb by Monday morning.

  • Leaves must be placed in paper compostable bags only. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Twigs and small branches are not collected but may be taken to the landfill site free of charge throughout the year during regular landfill hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.