Garbage and Recycling 

 2014 Calendar Front Cover

 

The 2014 SWS Calendar was distributed in the November 29 issue of the Wellington Advertiser.

If you missed yours, you can pick one up at any County waste facility, County library, or municipal office.  You can also download a copy from our website.


NOTE:  Brush materials from the December 2013 ice storm will continue to be accepted at no charge until May 31.  Brush materials are accepted at Aberfoyle, Belwood, Harriston, and Riverstown waste facilities.  Please go to the wood, brush, yard waste page for additional information.

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Solid Waste Services (SWS) is one of two divisions of the Engineering Services Department and is also one of the County's green operations. Staff provides programmes to collect, divert or dispose of garbage and recyclables for County residents.  Activities involve the following:

 Operations

  • overseeing curbside collection contract
  • organizing event days
  • offering customer service at all waste facilities
  • providing waste facility collection and diversion opportunities
  • ensuring safe and environmentally sound management of landfill operations and closed landfill sites
  • monitoring site long-term environmental performance

Administration

  • assessing budgets and financial issues
  • conducting research and policy development
  • developing waste management and diversion strategies     
  • creating tenders and contracts
  • collecting and reporting data
  • directing promotion and education

All staff apply the SWS Green Strategy and our Core "Green Principles" in daily operations.

SWS Green Strategy

  • to include "Green Principles" in all areas of waste management decisions and actions
  • to promote the success and accomplishments of these initiatives

Red Trillium from SWS siteCore "Green Principles"

  • to protect and enhance the natural environment
  • to reduce the carbon footprint of any operation
  • to practice a "Life Cycle" approach