Landfill & Recycling

Johnson Tarbutt Joint Landfill

3860 Government Rd, Desbarats, ON P0R 1E0
Between Puddingstone Road and the railway tracks.


Saturdays : 9am – 5pm

Wednesdays : 12noon – 5pm

Recycling Locations

  • Johnson Tarbutt Joint Landfill
  • HWY 17 East Trading Post at the St. Joe Island turn off

Do not dispose of household garbage in the recycling bins.

Individuals can be fined $500 and up for depositing garbage anywhere in the Township other than the landfill.

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste can be taken to the Sault Ste. Marie hazardous waste site site at 5th line. Hours of operation are 8:30 – 4:30 Tuesday to Saturday (April 1st to October 31st, 2020). Please ensure you tell the attendant that you are from the Township of Tarbutt.

Tarbutt pays for this service option to be available for residents and we need to know how much the service is being used.

Click here to find out whats Acceptable vs Unacceptable.

Commingled Plastic & Metal Food and Beverage Containers

Please recycle the following numbers:

#1, #2,  #3,  #4,  #5, #6 

We do not accept, glass, film plastics (plastic bags) and Styrofoam in the recycle bins


Tin food and beverage cans, aluminum food and beverage cans, aluminum trays and foil (please clean!), Plastics: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 plastic food and beverage containers. These all go in the same deposit bin.


  • Please rinse cans and containers 
  • For metal cans, push lid inside and squeeze top a bit to hold it there
  • Remove caps and lids from all plastic bottles
  • You don’t have to remove the labels

Cardboard & Boxboard Only

Please flatten all boxes to fit in the deposit slots. Please, NO plastic or wax board!


We welcome newspapers, flyers, magazines, catalogues, telephone books, paper back books, hard cover books, writing paper, and envelopes.

The Don'ts!

Many items are labeled with the familiar recyling symbol, however, this does not mean that it is recycleable in OUR program!!


If you turn your plastic containers upside down, you will usually find the plastic identified by a number inside the recycling symbol and /or the letters PETE or HDPE underneath it.


Some exceptions to the #2 plastic that we CANNOT accept are: Motor oil bottles, pesticide and herbicide containers.

Remember, do not Deposit These!

  • Tissues or paper towels
  • Drinking glasses
  • Window pane glass, ceramics or china
  • Light bulbs
  • Coat hangers (plastic or metal)

Contact Recycling

​​Toll Free: 1-800-430-7778
Telephone: 705-356-4118
Fax: (705) 849-0427


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