SWS - Past, Present and Future

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Solid Waste Services was formed in the Fall of 2000, and took ownership of all municipal solid waste programmes on January 1, 2001. The County inherited a wide range of programmes - all developed for local municipal needs. There were effectively 21 different programmes and ways of collecting waste.

The County also inherited 17 landfill sites with a variety of issues that needed to be corrected. There were seven active sites and 10 closed sites. Some of the closed sites were so old, staff had a hard time finding them. Almost all had some level of environmental problems. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) was looking for immediate and significant change and work to be implemented by the County. Since taking ownership of the landfill sites, SWS has closed six of the seven active landfill sites. All environmental issues have been corrected or are soon to be corrected.


The active landfill and the majority of the closed sites meet or exceed all MOECC requirements. County sites are now managed so well staff offer tours to the MOECC.

Through site operations and collection operations, SWS offers a wide range of expanding services to residents and businesses in the County. To further enhance County sites, SWS staff have implemented an improved tree planting programme. In 2011, a joint project was launched with Green Legacy for a living snow fence tree nursery at the Riverstown Landfill Site. Staff are also developing an environmental enhancement programme at all of the sites to improve wildlife habitat.

Future considerations, detailed below, are becoming current realities:

newest SWS fuel efficient truck

  • the newest replacement in our
    roll-off fleet is a more fuel efficient
    model with reduced emissions
  • topsoil building practices for capping and re-vegetation of sites is currently underway at the Riverstown site
  • solar collection panels installed at Elora



With site corrections and improvements in place, SWS is moving forward with a "Green Strategy". This means staff are striving for a cleaner, more responsible approach to operations.

The strategy considers the environment in all decisions, such as: