Curbside Collection

In 2021 there was about a 9.6% decrease in the number of curbside garbage stops, and about a 15.2% decrease in the total number of garbage bags collected at curbside, compared to the previous year. As residents continue to increase their participation in waste diversion programmes such as the Blue Box and Green Bin programmes, we expect to see a continued decrease in the amount of garbage collected each year, saving valuable landfill space.

Curbside Collection Schedule

All households in the County receive weekly blue box and green bin collection, while garbage is collected every other week. Please use the table below to determine your collection day, and to see if you follow the Week A or the Week B schedule for your bi-weekly garbage collection.

For updates on curbside collection interruptions or cancellations, please go to our eNews page.

Week A
Collection Days
Week B
Collection Days
Tuesday - Mapleton, Salem, Elora (North of Grand 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

2024 Curbside Collection Schedule:

2024 Curbside Collection Schedule (Week A)2024 Curbside Collection Schedule (Week B)

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

User Pay Garbage Bags - Home Delivery Available Now!

There are two sizes of user pay bags available at many locations throughout the County. Some retailers also offer home delivery or front-door pick-up. You can find a map of their locations here.

  • ten large bags (dimensions 30" x 38") cost $20 - no HST
  • ten smaller bags (dimensions 24" x 28") cost $15 - no HST

During this period of physical/social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the County is offering temporary home delivery of user pay bags in a contact-free manner, to support our residents who are unable to visit a local retailer to purchase them.  If you are planning to go to a local retailer, please refrain from using the County’s home delivery service in order for our staff to ensure those most vulnerable in our community are able to access this service.  In order to access the County’s temporary home delivery programme, use the on-line order and payment form.

Order Form: User Pay Garbage Bags

Any item which does not fit within a closed user pay bag will not be collected. Larger items may be taken to any County waste facility (waste fees apply).

User pay garbage bag

Have your garbage out by 7:00 am 

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

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

Preparation and placement of garbage bags

  • garbage must be placed in user pay garbage bags
  • tie user pay garbage bags securely closed
  • sharp objects will not be collected curbside
  • there is no limit to the number of user pay garbage bags that can be set out
  • each user pay garbage bag must not weigh more than 18 kg (40 lb)
  • covered garbage cans can be used for curbside garbage collection, provided:
    • garbage must still be placed in user pay garbage bags
    • there is a maximum of one user pay garbage bag per can
    • each can containing garbage must not weigh more than 18 kg (40 lb)
  • place user pay garbage bags beside your blue boxes and green bin in a visible location at the end of your driveway or laneway and within one metre (three feet) of the curb or roadside
  • do not place user pay garbage bags in ditches, on snow piles, or on the travelled part of the road or sidewalk

Managing diapers

Diapers and incontinence products go into your garbage. Here are some tips for managing diaper waste to reduce odours and deter pests:

  • roll up the diaper, using the tabs to close it
  • double bag diapers and place in a secure, covered garbage can, ensuring the outer bag is a user pay garbage bag with only one bag of waste per can
  • store the garbage can in a cool location out of the sun
  • consider using cloth diapers or partnering with a diaper service

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