Notice: We now have larger recycling bins for sale! Read the Notice and FAQ to learn more about Council’s initiative and how to buy a bin. Remember to register for our NEW email list for email notifications.

Notice: As of April 5, 2021, plastic bags will no longer be accepted to put your recycling at the curb. Please use recycling bins for your recycling items. Questions? Contact Infrastructure Services at 613-443-1747 or email

Garbage and Recycling Guidelines

Download the 2021 Waste Collection Calendar. For reminders of delayed collections, special collections, and more, subscribe to the new event calendar.

Garbage Collection Guidelines

Garbage is collected weekly. Each household is allowed one free garbage bag per collection.

Place your garbage at the curb before 7:00 a.m.

Garbage bags must be less than 50 lbs. each (including weight of the garbage can).

Each extra garbage bag must have an easily seen holographic garbage tag. These tags for extra bags never expire and can be purchased from one of the following  locations:

  • Town Hall;

  • Embrun Convenience;

  • Russell Pronto;

  • Russell PharmaChoice; or

  • Embrun and Russell libraries.

When there is a holiday, your collection may be delayed by one day. See the Waste Collection Calendar for details.

If you are a tenant, please ask your landlord for your garbage tags.

Recycling Collection Guidelines

Recycling is collected weekly.

Place your recycling at the curb before 7:00 a.m.

Collection alternates every week between a Grey Bin and a Blue Bin and is collected on the same day as your garbage.

There is no limit to the amount recyclable items in your recycling bins.


Grey Bin is for fibers only. This includes:

  • Newspapers, flyers, magazines, catalogues, brown bags, cardboard, envelopes, books, and egg cartons. Remember to discard plastic bags and liners.


Blue Bin is for plastic, metal and glass only. This includes:

  • Plastic bottles & containers with #1, #2, #4, #5, #7 (no plastic bags), glass jars & bottles, metal food and beverage cans, clean aluminum plates and trays (no aluminum foil, pots or scrap metal).



  • Packaging foam is not recyclable.
  • Styrofoam is not recyclable.
  • Plastic bags are not accepted to put your recycling at the curb. Please use recycling bins.
  • Garbage bags & plastic (grocery store) bags are not recyclable.
When is my Collection Day?

Visit our Maps page to find your collection day. 

Special Waste Collections

Find dates on our online Special Waste Collection Calendar (and subscribe to reminders), or download the printable Waste Collection Calendar at the top of this page.

Learn more about our special waste collections below.

New Recycling Bins

Need to Replace Your Recycling Bins?

Regular Square Sized Bins

If you have damaged recycling bins, you can replace them free of charge at the main reception desk at Town Hall (717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun).

You will need to bring in your damaged bin to receive a new one. The broken or damaged bin must be identified 'CANTON RUSSELL TOWNSHIP' to be replaced at no cost.

You can purchase additional recycling bins for $7.00 each.

Large Recycling Bins

Larger recycling bins (with a capacity of 121 litres, a lid, and wheels) are available for purchase.

To buy a large 121 litre recycling bin, you can make a payment at Town Hall in person, by mail, or by our outdoor Dropbox to the left of the main doors at Town Hall. If you are dropping off payment by mail or in the Dropbox, please include your name, phone number, and property address for our records. The Infrastructure Department will contact you when a bin is available for you to pickup.

Read the June 4, 2021 Public Notice for more information.

Are You a New Resident?

If you are a new resident, come to the main reception desk at Town Hall (717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun) to pick up your complimentary recycling bins.

Report a Missed Collection

If your waste was at the curb before 7:00 a.m., met the Solid Waste By-Law requirements, and was not picked up, please contact our Infrastructure Department.

Please note if you put your waste out after 7:00 a.m. or your waste has a sticker attached, the contractor will not return to collect your items.

Report a Missed Collection

Multi-Unit Residences

Property owners / landlords receive a series of 52 tags per unit, apartment, or business they manage. We mail garbage tags for the coming year to landlords in December. Garbage tags are only valid from January 1 to December 31 of the written year.

Tenants, please get your garbage tags from your property owner or landlord.

Garbage tags must be affixed and visible on each bag on the day of pick-up.


Township of Russell is not responsible for the collection service of waste dumpsters. It is the responsibility of the waste dumpster renter or owner to contact a contractor to arrange this service. Unless you own or rent a dumpster, you must use holographic garbage tags.