Recycling Collection

Curbside Collection

Cart Collection: Apartment Buildings and Schools

Curbside Collection

Urban areas of the County receive weekly collection of blue boxes. The rural areas of the County receive bi-weekly collection.

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.

 

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

Urban Curbside Collection Areas

  • place blue boxes on the right side of the driveway when looking out at the road, and within one metre (three feet) of the curb or roadside

Rural Curbside Collection Areas

Rural residents have different instructions for placement of materials for collection.


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 or business may have two blue boxes at no charge

    • extra blue boxes may be obtained 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

 

Oops Dear Recycler StickerUncollected 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

 

 

 

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 5542-17 sets out the requirements for curbside collection.

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

Check the County of Wellington's Recyclopedia

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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