April 27, 2020
New garbage and recycling collection changes start Monday, May 4
Only one week left until changes to Oxford County’s Waste Management program begin
On Monday, May 4, 2020, changes to Oxford County’s Waste Management program for curbside collection will begin. Oxford County will begin working with a new waste management contractor to collect residential curbside garbage and recycling.
It is important to note that none of the changes will impact City of Woodstock residents, as their curbside collection is run by City operations on behalf of Oxford County. The City of Woodstock’s blue box system remains a two-stream recycling program collected once every two weeks.
Changes will impact collection routes for some residents, as well as minor changes to what can and cannot be placed in the blue box under the new program. The County is asking residents to be aware of the following collection program changes:
- Pick-up days for curbside collection will change for approximately 3,000 customers in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg as a result of newly revised collection routes.
- Pick-up times may change along the newly revised collection routes, so all customers are reminded to make sure garbage and recycling are placed at the curb before 7 a.m. to ensure pick up.
- Plastic film products like plastic bags, plastic wrap or film packaging, and Styrofoam products like takeout clamshells, meat trays and cups are no longer accepted in the blue box. (Large and bulky Styrofoam residential drop-off will continue to be available once the drop-off facilities are cleared to re-open to the public after COVID-19). For a full list of changes to what can or cannot be placed in the blue box, visit wasteline.ca. Residents can also use the “What Goes Where” tool available through the Wasteline app or wasteline.ca.
Residents should receive an information sheet in the mail this month. This information sheet serves as a temporary Wasteline calendar outlining the updated collection schedule and highlights minor changes to acceptable blue box recycling materials. It also contains information about large-item pickup for this spring and summer which is already underway. Residents can expect an updated Wasteline calendar in the mail this September.
All customers can also watch for ongoing news and updates:
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 121,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero-waste community and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.