Download Household Recycling Guide
Download Paper Recycling Guide


A municipal compost is now available at the landfill.

Composting can divert up to 50% of waste from the landfill. Please note — ONLY compostable (not biodegradable) bags can go in compost.

  • Compost
  • Landfill
What can you put in community compost?



paper bags, paper napkins, paper towel, parchment and waxed paper, pizza boxes, newspaper, used paper dishes (no plastic coating)



Dairy products, including cheese and yogurt
egg shells
fruit and vegetable scraps
meat, bones, fish and seafood shells
noodles, rice, beans, grains and bread
small amounts of fat and oil
teabags, coffee grounds and filters
tissue paper( no blood or fecal matter)

plant trimmings, leaves and grass clippings, short branches and pruning’s, weeds plants and flowers, sawdust, woodchips

Specially Designed COMPOSTABLE Products

compostable spoons, cups, plates, paper plates with no plastic coating, cpompostable takeout containers, compostable bags


Plastic, Biodegradable plastic bags, plastic coated paper items, fecal matter, hazardous waste.


Hazardous Waste
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  • Please make sure your recycling is rinsed and clean.
  • We cannot recycle containers that are not empty.
  • We are currently operating a commercial paper pickup service, please contact us for more details. Paper can be dropped off at the depot – please sort.
  • Motor oil containers are not recyclable.
  • Styrofoam is a non-recyclable, non-biodegradable material – avoid using it when you can.
  • Clothes and other used items can be dropped off at the landfill FREE STORE – we do not accept these items at the depot.
  • Avoid using Tetra packs – There is currently no market for recycling non-refundable tetrapacks. Look for products that are packaged in reusable or recyclable containers. Tetrapack products must now be landfilled.


A Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held annually in the fall. Store your hazardous waste in a safe place until it can be disposed of safely on this day.What is hazardous waste?
Paints, thinners and solvents, cleaning products, pesticides, aerosol cans, motor oil, antifreeze, rechargable batteries, smoke alarms, fluorescent lights and some personal care items are examples of common hazardous materials found in homes.


Thanks to funding from the Community Development Fund and the City of Dawson, CKS has been able to build a small addition onto the downtown depot.  With the extra space created, we are now able to offer paper recycling to individual households!  Please bring us your white, mixed, and news paper for recycling.