September 11, 2015
New Waste Management program begins
New collection dates, recycling rules begin on Sept. 14
Starting on Monday, most Oxford County residents will have different garbage and recycling pick-up dates. It’s the most important change households and businesses need to account for as Oxford County’s new seven-year waste management program begins on September 14.
The new program will also help alleviate residents of overloaded recycling bins as the County moves to weekly, single stream recycling collection. Single stream recycling means residents no longer have to separate their recyclable materials (papers from containers). All recyclable material can go in the same recycling bin and will be sorted at the processing facility.
The new collection dates and weekly, single stream recycling takes effect in Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, Tillsonburg and Zorra.
South-West Oxford residents are moving to a six-business-day collection cycle that includes single stream recycling pickup with each collection.
Changes to the County program do not apply to Woodstock, which continues with its current program.
To assist with the changes, there are several ways residents can receive information about garbage and recycling collection:
- New waste management calendars were mailed to every residence and business in mid-August
- If residents require a new calendar, copies are available at their local municipal office, at the Oxford County Waste Management Facility, or at the Oxford County Administration Building
- Residents can view/download the new waste management calendar on the newly designed Wasteline.ca website
- Use the “When’s my pick-up?” tool on the Wasteline.ca site to sign up for automated reminders of their collection dates by text, phone, email and more. (This is also useful for Woodstock residents)
- Download the free Wasteline.ca app from the App Store or Google Play to receive automated reminders, and other info on your smartphone or tablet
- Twitter users can follow @WastelineOxford on Twitter for service updates and other garbage and recycling collection info
The other noticeable change will be new waste collection vehicles travelling the roads of Oxford County. The new trucks feature separate compartments, allowing them to collect garbage and recycling at the same time making for a more efficient program. The changes are expected to save up to $312,593 per year over the next seven years while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 13%.
Residents are asked to be patient during the first few weeks of the program as service delays are possible. The new program will be an adjustment for collection staff, as they are learning new collection routes. Residents are encouraged to check Wasteline.ca or follow @WastelineOxford on Twitter for service updates.
More materials now accepted as recyclable
When the new program comes into effect on Monday, residents will be able to include more items in their recycling, including:
- Disposable coffee cups
- Plastic bags (gathered and tied in one bag)
- Excludes plastic that crinkles and/or is easy to rip (i.e. cereal, cracker packages)
- Empty aerosol containers
- Spiral wound containers (frozen juice and chip containers)
- Thermofoam and polystyrene (meat trays, takeout containers)
Changes to Oxford County’s waste management program* were approved by County Council on February 11 following two years of study and community consultation.
* For full information on the South-West Oxford waste management program visit www.swox.org. For information about Woodstock’s program visit www.cityofwoodstock.ca.
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 109,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. One of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, Oxford County also boasts a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector that is bolstered by its choice location at the crossing of Highways 401 and 403. The County is home to 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. 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.
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