Recycling Collection

Curbside Collection

Cart Collection: Apartment Buildings and Schools

As of July 7, 2020 all households receive weekly curbside collection of recyclables and organics. User pay garbage bags are collected every other week. View the SWS calendar for more information.

Curbside Collection

All households in the County receive weekly collection of blue boxes.

Collection is provided from Tuesday to Friday each week. If you are not sure of your collection day or where to place your materials, please contact SWS.

An alternate collection day is provided if your regular collection day falls on a statutory holiday.

You must place blue box recyclables in municipal style blue boxes for collection. Placement of the boxes for curbside collection is important for efficiency and safety. Apartment buildings with seven units or more use large wheeled carts for collection. No matter which type of collection you have, the same rules apply.

Collection Schedule as of July 7

All rural and urban households changed to a new collection schedule as of July 7:

  • Recycling and Organics - weekly
  • Garbage - every other week

Collection Schedule for July to December 2020

Accessible and Printable Version of Collection Schedule for July to December 2020

Garbage Bi-Weekly Collection Map

Use the map or table below to determine if your household follows the Week A or the Week B schedule for garbage collection, as well as which day of the week your collection will occur. Remember, you will receive recycling and organics collection every week on that day!

Week A
Collection Days
Week B
Collection Days
Tuesday - Mapleton, Salem, Elora (North of Gran River)

Tuesday B - Minto

Wednesday A- Centre Wellington (West of Hwy 6), Elora (South of Grand River)

Wednesday B- Centre Wellington (East of Hwy 6)

Thursday A- Erin Thursday B- Wellington North
Friday A- Guelph/Eramosa Friday B - Puslinch

Note: Salem and the portion of Elora north of the Grand River will be changing to Tuesday collection effective July 7.

Collection Schedule of garbage, recycling and green bin for Wellington County

Prepare materials

  • rinse containers to remove food or liquids
  • remove plastic straws and place in garbage
  • leave lids and caps on containers
  • place the top of a tin can inside the can to prevent cuts to the sorters
  • do not place any sharp objects with your recyclables (e.g. broken glass, knives, needles etc.) — this is a serious health and safety risk to collectors and sorters
  • do not place materials in plastic bags (except for shredded paper)

Have your blue boxes out by 7:00 amalarm clock at 7:00 am

  • unexpected changes to truck routing happen routinely (e.g. bad weather, road closures, accidents, truck breakdowns, and waiting times at waste facilities)
  • collectors are not responsible for returning to collect materials that were placed out after 7:00 am
  • if you miss your collection, please store your materials until your next collection day or take them to any County waste facility at no charge

 Listen to our radio ad here - 7:00 am reminder.

Separate materials - containers in one blue box, paper in the other

  • review images on which materials are acceptable and how to sort them
  • if you use only one blue box, place containers at one end and stand paper up at the other
  • please don't use plastic bags to separate materials - they are not recyclable in our programme and contaminate the load

Corrugated Cardboard

  • corrugated cardboard has a wavy layer between two smooth layers of linerboard
  • place small amounts of flattened cardboard with other Paper Products in the blue box
  • bundle larger quantities with string or tape and place beside your blue box - maximum bundle size is 30 by 60 by 60 cm (one by two by two feet)
  • cardboard sheets may also be stuffed into an unflattened cardboard box that does not exceed the maximum bundle size
  • maximum of three cardboard bundles per week, per address
  • heaped or loose piles will not be collected

Shredded Paper

  • shred confidential documents and accumulate until you can fill a large clear bag
  • place the tied clear bag beside your blue box (to reduce litter)

Placement of blue boxes

  • place blue boxes in a visible location
  • do not place blue boxes in ditches, on snow piles, or on the travelled part of the road or sidewalk
  • place blue boxes at the end of your driveway or laneway, and within one metre (three feet) of the curb or roadside

Municipal style blue boxes 

  • for Health and Safety reasons as well as efficiency of route management, no substitute containers will be collected (i.e. no laundry baskets, cardboard boxes, etc.)
  • each household may have two blue boxes at no charge

    • extra blue boxes may be obtained from our waste facilities at $5 each
    • businesses on collection routes can obtain blue boxes from our waste facilities at $5 each
    • six blue boxes maximum will be collected
  • write your address on the box so it can be returned on a windy day
  • rinse out the box periodically to keep hornets away

Uncollected materials

  • SWS uses a "Dear Recycler" sticker to explain the main reasons for materials being left behind. Please contact us and we can help explain the problem.
  • If materials were placed out after 7:00 am, you may have missed your collection. Collectors will not return to pick up materials placed out after 7:00 am.

 

Not sure what to do with an unwanted material or item?

Check the County of Wellington's Recyclopedia

 

Cart Collection for Apartment Buildings and Schools

The same basic rules apply. Review detailed information on how to participate in recycling in apartments and schools.

By-law 5670-20 sets out the requirements for curbside collection.

Resident Information

If you have blue box recycling available to you in your building, SWS is making it easier for you to participate. Every resident should receive an in-unit recycling bag. The bag is divided so that you may sort your clean containers into one side, and boxboard and paper into the other. You can easily carry the bag by its handles to the recycling area of your building. The bag can be wiped out periodically to keep it clean. Magnets are also available with sorting instructions.

Prepare materials

  • rinse containers to remove food or liquids
  • remove plastic straws and place in garbage
  • leave lids and caps on containers and place in carts
  • place the top of a tin can inside the can to prevent cuts to the sorters
  • do not place any sharp objects with your recyclables (e.g. broken glass, knives, needles etc.) - this is a serious health and safety risk to collectors and sorters
  • do not place materials in plastic bags (except for shredded paper)

Superintendent Information

apartment building

The Solid Waste Services (SWS) Division is working with other municipalities in Ontario to increase recycling opportunities in apartment buildings. In the summer of 2011, SWS visited every apartment building in Wellington County and documented what blue box recycling was in place. In the summer of 2012, staff worked with building owners and managers to start or to improve blue box recycling in all buildings of 7 units or more.

Every building owner or manager was contacted by letter in April 2012. The letter explained how apartment buildings can improve their blue box recycling. If you have seven units or more in your building and did not receive a letter, please contact SWS.

Buildings purchase carts and are responsible for taking them to the curb by 7:00 am for collection. SWS provides signs and posters for your recycling area, as well as in-unit bags and magnets for residents.

School Custodian Information

For information on collection, carts, placement, signs etc., please contact SWS.

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