25th Anniversary Blue Box Information

Blue Box with 25th anniversary logoIn the late 1980's a small group of municipalities in Centre Wellington needed to close their landfill site located on Gerrie Road in Elora. The group began looking at options to reduce the waste they would need to send to another landfill. One of the many waste reduction programmes the local councils initiated was the Blue Box Recycling Programme as it is known today. It began in September 1987, and in less than two years, had expanded as the Wellington Recycling Group to all member municipalities in Wellington County. (Read a brochure message about blue box recycling from the Chairman of the Wellington Recycling Group.)  The programme was made up of curbside collection, depot collection at waste facilities, and unstaffed depots dotted across the County. Over the years, the programme has added new materials to the list of recyclable items, with the most recent additions in January 2012. Curbside collection has expanded to over 22,000 households. The unstaffed depots have been replaced by full-service depots for the remaining 10,000 households. In 2012, the County collected 5,527 tonnes of recyclables from residents and businesses through the Blue Box Recycling Programme.

The Gold Box Reward Programme has been introduced to celebrate this milestone. Each year, the Gold Box will be awarded to 25 of the best recyclers in the County. Recipients can use the Gold Box to show their neighbours they are a super recycler. This initiative is reflected in the slogan for this milestone anniversary: Silver past, golden future, keeping Wellington green.