Municipal Services

Welcome to the residents municipal services page. If you are looking for specific municipal service information, this is where you will find it. Simply use the tabs below and to the left in order to select a service from the menu.

Accessibility

The Town of Cobalt is committed to ensuring equal access and equal participation opportunities for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence.

We believe in full participation and we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner.

We will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility and meeting our accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario’s accessibility laws.

Access the Town of Cobalt’s Accessibility Plan. Please click here to download a copy of the current plan.

Animal Control

Dog and cat tags are available at the Paul Penna Public Library or from the Animal Control Officer. Tags must be purchased each year.

Contact Animal Control Officer Garrett Hunting (705) 672-3985 with any issues or concerns.

Asset Management

Access the Town of Cobalt’s Asset Management Plan. Please click here to download a copy of the 2014 Town of Cobalt Asset Management Plan.

Building Department

Building permits are for the safety of the home owner and any future home owners of the property and provide information to MPAC in order to keep property assessments current.

Click Here for the Building Permit Application

TMBA

The building department services for the Town of Cobalt are contracted to the Temiskaming Municipal Building Association (TMBA). The TMBA is comprised of twenty one member municipalities in the Temiskaming district of Ontario. Services include the permitting process, building inspections, and building code enforcement.

For more information, please visit www.tembuild.com

Building Inspector

 Chief Building Official

To get in touch with the TMBA, please contact the Township of Armstrong at (705) 563-2375.

How Do I Get a Permit?

  • Prepare drawings which accurately and to scale describe the construction (Site Plan, Foundation Drawings, Floor Layout, Structural Cross Section, Elevations)
  • Visit your local municipal office and complete a building permit application
  • Pay the permit fee
  • You may commence construction any time after the permit fee has been paid

Please Note:

  • Additional drawings may be required depending on the specifics of the project
  • Your permit will expire if no construction has been started within 6 months of the issue date

When Do I Need A Permit?

Building permits must be obtained before you start work on a new construction or demolition project. Although a permit may not be required, all zoning requirements still need to be followed.

Permits are normally required for:

  • Any detached structures larger that 108 square feet
  • Any addition to an existing structure
  • Decks over 24″ high or attached to existing building
  • Carports and garages
  • Structural alterations to existing buildings
  • Installing a wood stove or fireplace
  • Adding or increasing size of windows or doors
  • Creating an apartment
  • Altering or adding any plumbing
  • Demolishing any structure over 108 square feet

Permits are NOT normally required for:

  • Detached structures less than 108 square feet
  • Detached decks less than 24″ high
  • Replacing roofing or siding
  • Replacing windows or doors with same size
  • Weeping tile or tarring a basement
  • Replacing plumbing fixtures

Fire Department

The Cobalt Volunteer Fire Department contributes a great deal to the community. These individuals are always there to lend a helping hand or to organize community events. Their barbecues are second to none (and they are safe!!) and the treats they put together at Halloween are special.  The Haunted House, Santa Skate, fundraising all contribute to making our community so special.

Cobalt | Present Fire Chief

Shawn Hearn
Contact the Fire Hall
51 Silver Street
Cobalt, Ontario
P0J 1C0
(705) 679-8345 for messages

Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies

Cobalt Volunteer Firefighters are:

  • Ken Pickard
  • Roger Lapointe
  • Brian Mercier
  • George Othmer
  • Shawn Hearn
  • Michel Cadieux
  • Louis Quenneville
  • Steve Cooper
  • Clay Beairsto
  • David Adshead
  • Gerry Ouellette
  • Andre Major
  • Glen Beairsto
  • Trevor Neddo
  • Robert Osterberg
  • John Adshead
  • Kelly Hearn
  • Brad Hearn
  • Bruce Beairsto
  • Tom Green
  • Nick Hearn

Public Works

 

Public Works Department

Contact Municipal Garage at (705) 679-8110
8 Hudson Bay Road, Cobalt, ON, P0J 1C0

The Public Works Department is responsible for all roadways, sidewalks, public buildings, parks, snow removal, water distribution and safety as well as wastewater treatment. This represents most of their responsibilities but they do much more. Their efforts to maintain our community and provide a safe environment for its citizens requires everyone’s cooperation. Please obey parking regulations and comply with municipal bylaws.

Water

The Town of Cobalt boasts superior quality drinking water drawn from Lake Sasaginaga which has been protected since 1917 through an Act of the Provincial Legislature “The Cobalt Municipal Water Act”. This lake provides all of the drinking water for the municipality and some residents of Coleman Township.

No development has been allowed on the watershed flowing into the lake, nor is any kind of building or recreation allowed on it or the lakes feeding directly into it.  This is one of very few lakes in Canada which has been totally protected from development thus ensuring a safe drinking water supply in perpetuity.

It stands as a testament to the foresight of the mining companies and the municipality.

Recreation

Recreation is an essential part of human life and finds many different forms which are shaped naturally by individual interests but also by the surrounding social construction. Leisurely activities can be found throughout the Town of Cobalt. Facilities that hold these recreational activities are displayed below.

Cobalt Community Hall

Cobalt Community Hall

The community hall is situated in downtown Cobalt above the municipal office and can accommodate groups of 180.  Although it is upstairs, there is an electric chair lift which provides secure accessibility to the upper floor.

Rates

The hall is equipped with a bar facility and an exceptional kitchen where meals can actually be prepared.  The dishwasher is commercial grade and there are sufficient place settings for large groups.

  • Complete Hall | $350.00
  • Funerals & Meetings | $120.00
  • Business Centre | Free
  • Equipment Deposit | $100.00
  • Damage Deposit | $200.00
  • Service Clubs & Charitable Functions | 50% Off

 

Community Hall Rental Agreement

 

Contact

Phone: (705) 679-8877 | Email: cobalt@ntl.sympatico.ca

Golden Age Club

Golden Age Club

The Golden Age Club offers a variety of opportunities for local residents to visit and socialize with their neighbours. The club hosts a monthly potluck dinner and luncheon with its monthly meetings.

All ages are welcome to the many activities organized by this group. They host a Christmas Dinner which has to be limited to eighty (80) attendees. Another popular activity is the monthly Brown Bag Karaoke Night held the last Saturday of every month. All are invited to join us and bring whatever it is they want to eat with them. The evening starts at 5:30PM.

The facility is totally accessible and equipped with a well appointed kitchen. It is located at 22 Argentite, near the arena.

Contact: Theresa Tasse| President

Phone: (705) 679-5525

Hoist Room Fitness Facility

Hoist Room Fitness Facility

The Cobalt Hoist Room is a fully equipped and functional weight training and exercise facility. It boasts a complete set of free weights from 5lb to 110lbs and a large quantity of plates for benches and bars. There is a good variety of work stations including a new abdominal crunch, leg extension, shoulder and bench press, lateral pull down and more. Three commercial treadmills and a recumbent bike compliment your routine.

Located in the Father Costello Arena, the facility is operated by a keyless entry security card system with security cameras so everyone is free to work out on their own schedule. Our facility is the best value for your fitness dollar in Temiskaming.

Membership Rules & Rates

To print and sign the membership rules and regulations please click the following link: Membership Rules and Regulations

Applications must be completed in person at the Town Office and require photo identification.

       RESIDENT                                       NON-RESIDENT

  • FOB | $12.00                                  FOB |  $12.00
     
  • 1 Month | $32.00                         1 Month |  $42.00
  • 3 Months | $86.00                       3 Months |  $113.40
  • 6 Months | $163.00                     6 Months |  $214.20
  • 1 Year | $307.00                            1 Year  |   $403.20

Contact

Phone: (705) 679-8877 | Email: cobalt@ntl.sympatico.ca

Teck Prospect Park

Teck Prospect Park

The Teck Prospect Park has been developed through a generous donation from Teck Corporation in honour of Dr. Norman B. Keevil’s contribution to Canadian Mining and Cobalt’s mining legacy.

The park is fun for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful green space that includes two soccer fields, the Ken Buffam Memorial Baseball Field, and a splash pad. The Teck Cominco Splash Pad opens at 10AM and closes at 8PM daily.  The seasonal operation typically runs from June to Labour Day, weather permitting.

The area is surrounded by beautiful Cobalt Lake and the Keevil Walking Trail. The children’s playground area rounds out this family oriented facility.

Rates

The ball park and soccer field can be reserved and rented by calling the Town of Cobalt municipal office.

  • Ken Buffam Memorial Park | $15.00 per game or $125.00 per day
  • Teck Prospect Park Soccer Field | $15.00 per game or $125.00 per day

Contact

Phone: (705) 679-8877 | Email: cobalt@ntl.sympatico.ca

Taxes

A complex, and sometimes confusing system, property taxes provide municipalities with the dollars they need to deliver the programs and services residents depend on each day. The property tax system is based on the age-old practice of collecting taxes based on property values. Here’s how it works.

The process begins by determining each property’s assessed value. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) does this for the entire province of Ontario. Each property is assessed at its market value. The same house could have two totally different market values in two different towns. Property values are then supplied to municipalities on annual assessment rolls. Municipalities complete the process by applying the appropriate tax rate to the assessed value of the property. Tax rates are determined annually in each municipality, and differ between the various tax classes (i.e. residential, industrial, commercial, etc.).

Even though municipalities collect taxes on behalf of the Province, they only keep one portion for themselves. Some of your taxes are used directly for community programs and some are put aside for the Province either for education or for provincially mandated programs such as welfare, social assistance and affordable housing. If you have any questions about your municipal property taxes, please contact the Town of Cobalt at (705) 679-8877 or email cobalt@ntl.sympatico.ca.

On the other hand, if you have questions about your property assessment, please contact MPAC at:

  • Phone: 1-866-296-6722
  • Fax: 1-866-297-6703

How property tax bills are calculated


Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of the property by the applicable tax rate for the specific tax class.  Below is an example of a tax calculation.  In addition, special area charges for specific services may apply.

Single Unit Dwelling

$ 80,000

Municipal Rate
0.020276%
Property
Tax Portion:

$ 1,622.08**

$ 80,000

Education Rate
0.0023100%
Property
Tax Portion:

$ 184.80

Total Property Taxes :     $1806.88

Other charges such as policing, street lights and garbage collection are charged separately and added to the tax bill ($ 616.00) These are evenly distributed throughout the municipality.

Water and sewer capital and operating are charged $202.56 quarterly per residential unit. This will vary for multi-unit dwellings.  Please note that, if applicable, other charges such as local improvements, municipal drains or business area improvement charges might be added to your tax bills. These would be determined by Council through the budget process.

Waste Management

The Town of Cobalt has introduced an automated garbage and “single stream” recycling system. This means that you can put all of your recyclable materials into one bin, making it easier to recycle and less garbage will end up in the landfill. This new system will also help save taxpayer dollars and the environment.

Recycling

Recyclables placed in non-approved containers will not be collected. Please do not use cardboard boxes or grocery bags as containers. Do not bag your mixed recyclables in plastic bags (i.e. garbage or grocery bags). Place items loosely in your recycle bin, with the exception of shredded paper which requires packaging in a clear plastic bag.

Acceptable materials include:

Beverage and food containers – Rinse clean and recycle

  • Clamshell containers (hinged, clear plastic containers used for food items such as berries and take-out)
  • Clear fruit and vegetable containers
  • Clear take-out food containers
  • Clear molded bakery item trays, egg cartons
  • Disposable plastic plates and glasses
  • Cold beverage cups/lids
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (lids on)
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice Box (e.g. juice, drinks, soup, broth, etc.)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • All Plastics No. 1-7 (e.g. margarine, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, pudding, apple sauce containers, etc.)
  • Metal cans
  • Cardboard cans (e.g. frozen juice, refrigerated dough, chips, nuts, powdered drink mix)
  • Aluminium cans, trays, burner liners, pie plates, roasting pans, etc.
  • Blister packaging (e.g. gum and lozenges)

Home and personal product containers – Rinse clean and recycle

  • Plastic bottles and tubs – lids and sprayers screwed on tight (e.g. shampoo, detergent, fabric softener, etc.)
  • Prescription bottles (empty)
  • Plastic kitty litter tubs with plastic handle
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Clear compact disk cases (empty)
    Plastic gift cards

Foam polystyrene (Styrofoam) and plastic retail shopping bags – Rinse clean and recycle

  • Styrofoam food containers and protective packaging (e.g. drinking cups, egg cartons, meat trays, takeout food containers, electronics packaging)
  • Plastic bags – grocery, shopping, dry cleaning, bread bags, vegetable/fruit bags, milk bags (outer and rinsed inner bag) – Place all plastic bags in one retail or grocery plastic bag and tie handles together
  • Plastic outer wrap from packages, such as from paper towels, cases of water, etc.
  • Bubbled plastic packaging

Cardboard/ Paper – Not contaminated with food or chemicals

  • Bags, rolls, junk mail, writing/computer paper, envelopes, window envelopes, envelopes with padding
  • Shredded paper (put in clear plastic bag and tie closed)
  • Gift wrap, cards (no ribbons, bows, foil wrap)
  • Newspapers, flyers, telephone directories, magazines, catalogues, books (hardcover removed), etc.
  • Boxboard boxes (e.g. cereal, tissue, detergent, egg cartons – flatten and remove liners)
  • Corrugated cardboard (clean and flattened – pizza boxes must be empty)

Unacceptable materials include:

  • Organic material – food scraps, diapers, animal waste
  • Used/soiled paper or plastic plates and utensils
  • Hazardous waste: propane/helium tanks & cylinders, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (Must not be put in recycling or garbage; take to annual Orange Drop Event.)
  • Medical waste: needles are hazardous waste (Must not be put in garbage; take to annual Orange Drop event).
  • Auto parts, tools, extension cords
  • Clothes, shoes, carpets, curtains, bedding
  • Electronics (take to the Electronic Waste Recycling Bin)
  • Small Appliances (e.g. coffee makers, microwaves, etc.)
  • Plastic: squeeze tubes for home and personal products (hair, body, etc.), caulking tubes, food storage containers, motor oil jugs
  • Large plastics (e.g. pool covers, tarps, pools, toys, etc.)
  • Binders (e.g. three ring), clipboards
  • Hoses
  • Glass – drinking glasses, dishes, cups, crystal, window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, pottery, etc.
  • Metal – scrap metal, coat hangers, pots, pans, etc.
  • Wood – pieces, flooring, crates for fruit, etc.
  • Yard Waste – grass clippings, tree limbs, leaves, etc.

Garbage

Garbage placed in non-approved containers will not be collected. Please do not use cardboard boxes or grocery bags as containers.

Items not collected at the curb include:

  • Construction or demolition materials, such as shingles, drywall, tiles, concrete, bricks and large amounts of wood (take to landfill)
  • Household hazardous waste (take to the annual orange drop event)
  • Tires and automotive parts (take to landfill)
  • TV`s, Computers (take to Electronic Recycling Bin, located at the Haileybury landfill)
  • Large Articles, such as Barbeques, Mattresses, Furniture (take to landfill)

Winter Collection

Winter weather conditions create challenges for the collection of waste. During extreme weather conditions, your garbage and recycling collection may be delayed; however, Phippen Waste Management will do their best to ensure regular collection schedules remain on time.

During the winter months, it may be necessary to change the regular placement of your rollout bins after a snowfall.

To view or print an information sheet regarding Curbside Waste Collection during Winter Months, please click here.

Collection

Place your garbage or recycling bin at the curb between 8:00 p.m. the evening before and 6:30 a.m. on your collection day, as pick-up times may vary occasionally without notice.

Place your garbage or recyclable bin in a visible location as close as possible to the roadway, but not on a travelled roadway, or in an area that would interfere with pedestrian/ vehicular traffic, mail delivery vehicles, or maintenance operations.

Materials placed for roadside collection at ground level should be placed in accordance to the following:

  1. Street with concrete/asphalt curb – placed directly behind the curb;
  2. Street with gravel road shoulders – placed directly on road shoulder;

The front-side of the bin must face the street and the immediate space around the bin must remain unobstructed (at least three (3) feet from an object for the mechanical lift arm used in automated collection). If you wish, you may clear a spot for your recycle and garbage bin that is free of snow and easy for collectors to see. Do not place any of your containers on top of or behind snow banks.

It is important to keep a safe distance between you and the waste collection truck. Whether you are driving or walking near a truck, always stay alert and please do not approach the vehicle or the automated side arm.

  • Excess garbage or recyclable material beside your cart will not be picked up. If you have excess material, you can:
  • Store it so it can be picked up during the next collection period.
  • Dispose of your garbage at the City of Temiskaming Shores landfill site on Dump Road.
  • Reduce your waste by:
    • Avoiding purchasing items with excess packaging;
    • Avoid purchasing single-use and disposable products, and use refillable or reusable containers;
    • Remove your name from mailing lists of materials you no longer wish to receive;
    • Do not throw away items that can be reused or donated;
    • Maximize waste diversion by using the recycling program to the fullest; and
    • Bring your own bags when you shop.

Garbage and recycling collection occurs on the same as your existing pick-up, but on alternating weeks. Please refer to the Curbside Collection Schedule below for your scheduled day.

Animal Prevention Tip:

For animal resistance, consider keeping your garbage containers inside a garage or a shed, and place your garbage at the curb or roadside by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day, not the previous evening.

If you are unable to place the containers inside, regularly wash to help reduce odours.

The hard plastic cover on the bins prevents dogs and other animals from opening and reaching the contents.

Landfill

Location: Dump Road off of Highway 11

Hours of Operation: The landfill is operated and maintained through a contract with Phippen Waste Management with the following operating hours:

Landfill Hours of Operation

 Tuesday to Saturday

 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Sunday, Monday, Statutory Holidays

 Closed

 

The Town of Cobalt currently partners with the City of Temiskaming Shores for use of the Haileybury Landfill.

Notes:

  • If a Statutory Holiday falls on a Monday, the next day Tuesday will be recognized as the Statutory Holiday and the landfill will be closed.
  • Be courteous and allow sufficient time to unload garbage prior to closing time of 4:30 p.m. Please do not show up at 4:20 p.m. with a large load.

Household Hazardous Waste

Orange Drop is a recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials out of Ontario’s landfills and waterways. The Orange Drop program allows residents to return designated materials to a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event. For more information on what you can drop, go to www.makethedrop.ca.

Commercial hazardous or special waste is NOT accepted.

Electronic Recycling

An electronic waste recycling bin is located at the Haileybury Landfill site, located on Dump Road off Highway 11. Acceptable items include:

  • Display Devices(Monitors & Televisions)
  • Desktop Computers
  • Portable Computers
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Printing, Copying & Multifunction Devices
  • Telephone & Answering Machines
  • Cellular Devices & Pagers
  • Home Theatres (Equalizers, Amplifiers, Speakers, Tuners & Turntables)
  • Aftermarket Vehicle Audio & Video Devices
  • Image, Audio and Video Devices

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I own the garbage and recycling bins?

No. The bins will belong to the property, not the homeowners.

Can residential property owners opt out of the enhanced waste management program?

No. It is the intention of the Town of Cobalt to have all of its residents participate in the program, to ensure that all appropriate material is being diverted from our landfill. This increased diversion rate will extend the life of the landfill.

I am a property owner with renters. What does this mean for me?

You are responsible for ensuring the bins are available for your tenants.

Are the bins durable and easy to manoeuvre?

The garbage and recyclables bin are flexible and are proven to hold their shape even after years of service. The bins are constructed to withstand an automated collection system and are easy to roll even with heavy loads. The reinforced top lip adds strength and rigidity as do the double drag rail and reinforced bottom. The specially designed wide ground-hugging base helps keep these carts upright and stable.

When will garbage and recyclable material be collected?

Collection will be conducted Thursdays, on a bi-weekly basis.

Do I bag my recyclables?

No. Any items received at the sorting facility in garbage or grocery bags are considered non-recyclable materials, as these bags are not opened and the contents are not sorted. Exception: Shredded paper. Place and tie shredded paper in a clear plastic bag.

Are black or green garbage bags required to hold garbage in the bin?

No. You have the option of placing your garbage in a regular sized garbage bag and then into the bin, or you can put smaller, “kitchen catcher” bags of garbage into the bin, eliminating the need to continually purchase large garbage bags.

What if I don’t produce enough waste to fill the garbage or recycling bin every two weeks?

You have the option of waiting until your garbage or recycling bin is full before setting it out for collection.

What if I have too much waste to fit into the bin(s)?

Excess garbage or recyclable material beside your cart will not be picked up. If you have excess material, you can:

  • Store it so it can be picked up during the next collection period.
  • Cut up or breakdown oversize items.
  • Dispose of your garbage at the Town of Cobalt landfill site.
  • Reduce your waste by:
    • Avoiding purchasing items with excess packaging;
    • Avoid purchase single use and disposable products, and use refillable or reusable containers;
    • Remove your name from mailing lists of materials you no longer wish to receive;
    • Don’t throw away items that can be reused or donated;
    • Maximize waste diversion by using the recycling program to the fullest; and
    • Bring your own bags when you shop.

What items are recyclable?

Beverage and food containers – Rinse clean and recycle

  • Clamshell containers (hinged, clear plastic containers used for food items such as berries and take-out)
  • Clear fruit and vegetable containers
  • Clear take-out food containers
  • Clear molded bakery item trays, egg cartons
  • Disposable plastic plates and glasses
  • Cold beverage cups/lids
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (lids on)
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice Boxes (e.g. juice, drinks, soup, broth, etc.)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • All Plastics No. 1-7 (e.g. margarine, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, pudding, apple sauce containers, etc.)
  • Metal cans
  • Cardboard cans (e.g. frozen juice, refrigerated dough, chips, nuts, powdered drink mix)
  • Aluminium cans, trays, burner liners, pie plates, roasting pans, etc.
  • Blister packaging (e.g. gum and lozenges)

Home and personal product containers – Rinse clean and recycle

  • Plastic bottles and tubs – lids and sprayers screwed on tight (e.g. shampoo, detergent, fabric softener, etc.)
  • Prescription bottles (empty)
  • Plastic kitty litter tubs with plastic handle
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Clear compact disk cases (empty)
  • Plastic gift cards

Foam polystyrene (Styrofoam) and plastic retail shopping bags – Rinse clean and recycle

  • Styrofoam food containers and protective packaging (e.g. drinking cups, egg cartons, meat trays, takeout food containers, electronics packaging)
  • Plastic bags – grocery, shopping, dry cleaning, bread bags, vegetable/fruit bags, milk bags (outer and rinsed inner bag) – Place all plastic bags in one retail or grocery plastic bag and tie handles together
  • Plastic outer wrap from packages, such as from paper towels, cases of water, etc.
  • Bubbled plastic packaging

Cardboard/ Paper – Not contaminated with food or chemicals

  • Bags, rolls, junk mail, writing/computer paper, envelopes, window envelopes, envelopes with padding
  • Shredded paper (put in clear plastic bag and tie closed)
  • Gift wrap, cards (no ribbons, bows, foil wrap)
  • Newspapers, flyers, telephone directories, magazines, catalogues, books (hardcover removed), etc.
  • Boxboard boxes (e.g. cereal, tissue, detergent, egg cartons – flatten and remove liners)
  • Corrugated cardboard (clean and flattened – pizza boxes must be empty)

What items are not recyclable?

  • Organic material – food scraps, diapers, animal waste
  • Used/soiled paper or plastic plates and utlensils
  • Hazardous waste: propane/helium tanks & cylinders, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (Must not be put in recycling or garbage; take to annual Orange Drop Event.)
  • Medical waste: needles are hazardous waste (Must not be put in garbage; take to annual Orange Drop event.)
  • Auto parts, tools, extension cords
  • Clothes, shoes, carpets, curtains, bedding
  • Electronics (take to the Electronic Waste Recycling Bin)
  • Small Appliances (e.g. coffee makers, microwaves, etc.)
  • Plastic: squeeze tubes for home and personal products (hair, body, etc.), caulking tubes, food storage containers, motor oil jugs
  • Large plastics (e.g. pool covers, tarps, pools, toys, etc.)
  • Binders (e.g. three ring), clipboards
  • Hoses
  • Glass – drinking glasses, dishes, cups, crystal, window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, pottery, etc.
  • Metal – scrap metal, coat hangers, pots, pans, etc.
  • Wood – pieces, flooring, crates for fruit, etc.
  • Yard Waste – grass clippings, tree limbs, leaves, etc.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Proper disposal of items like propane tanks, batteries, pesticides, oil, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. means taking these items to the annual Orange Drop Event. These types of items must never be put in recycling or garbage.

For more information on the type of materials accepted, please visit www.makethedrop.ca.

Are all plastics recyclable?

Yes, we recycle ALL plastics No. 1-7. Please rinse out all food containers, and empty liquids from beverage bottles.

Can I recycle Styrofoam?

Yes. The program will accept styrofoam; please ensure to remove the absorbent pad from styrofoam meat trays.

Should I empty out bottles and cans?

Yes. Please pour out leftover liquid from bottles and cans, and rinse food from containers, especially from nut butter, mayonnaise and sauce containers.

Should I remove the lid from my plastic bottle?

No. The plastic lid is recyclable.

Do cardboard boxes need to be flattened?

Yes. Please flatten cardboard boxes and empty all packing materials, such as plastic bags and foam.

Can I recycle pizza boxes?

Yes. Clean pizza boxes are recyclable as long as the leftovers and wax paper liner are thrown away.

Is shredded paper recyclable?

Yes. Please bag shredded material in a clear plastic bag and place it in the recycling bin.

Are paper towels, tissues, and napkins recyclable?

No.  These items are considered to be used / soiled and are not accepted at the Material Recovery Facility.

Are books recyclable?

Yes. We recycle all books; however, please separate cover from hardcover books.

Is aluminum foil recyclable?

Yes. Sheets of aluminum foil are recyclable along with other aluminum containers, such as pie pans and lids from some carry-out restaurants. Please rinse off all food prior to placing in bin.

Greasy and or food-laden aluminum trays from grills or other cooking are not acceptable. Please put aluminum contaminated with grease and/or food in the trash.

Can electronics go in the recycling bin for curbside pickup?

No, but an electronic waste recycling bin is located at the Haileybury Landfill site, located on Dump Road off Highway 11. Acceptable items include:

  • Display Devices (Monitors & Televisions)
  • Desktop Computers
  • Portable Computers
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Printing, Copying & Multifunction Devices
  • Telephone & Answering Machines
  • Cellular Devices & Pagers
  • Home Theatres (Equalizers, Amplifiers, Speakers, Tuners & Turntables)
  • Aftermarket Vehicle Audio & Video Devices
  • Image, Audio and Video Devices

Where do I call for additional information?

Please contact the town office at (705) 679-8877.

Amnesty Program

Council Resolution 15-064 eliminated the Annual Spring Clean-Up Program and implemented an Amnesty Program (no Tipping Fees) which will consist of a week in the spring and one in the fall with some restrictions (see below) at the Haileybury Landfill Site.

Spring Amnesty Week: Tuesday, May 17 to Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fall Amnesty Week: Tuesday, October 4 to Saturday, October 8, 2016

Restrictions:

The Amnesty Program has the following restrictions/conditions:

  1. Applicable to residents of Cobalt, and is not applicable for Industrial – Commercial or Institutional entities;
  2. Limit of 2 cubic yards per property (equivalent to one ½ ton load)
  3. Tipping Fees remain applicable for Category 4 Items – Contaminated Waste;
  4. Surcharge fee of $60 remains applicable for Metals/Bulky Waste containing Freon gas.