Other Materials

There are opportunities to divert many materials from landfill.  You will find links on this page for programmes offered by the County for materials that don't fit into the other categories. You can also visit the County's Recyclopedia website for diversion opportunities offered by the County as well as other organizations.

 Organics

Organic wastes (kitchen scraps, leaf and yard waste, and Christmas trees) make up approximately one-third of the total residential waste stream.

Did you know that 60% of food wasted in Canadian homes could have been avoided? 

Learn more surprising facts and get tips on how to reduce food waste in your own home by clicking on the Food Waste Reduction button below.

SWS believes that composting at home is the most practical and cost-effective way to manage organic materials in Wellington County. Click on the Home Composting button to learn how you can compost at home, whether you have a backyard or not!

 

 Home Composting  Food Waste Reduction

 

 Scrap Metal and Appliances

All County waste facilities accept appliances and scrap metal for recycling. The site attendant will assess whether the item is suitable. Regular disposal fees apply since the cost of managing the material exceeds revenue received. Processing involves removing any precious metals, shredding and baling the metal for market (metal refineries).

In 2018, 460.29 tonnes of scrap metal was diverted from landfill.

Acceptable Items

Appliances (White Goods)

White goods are large appliances such as fridges*, freezers*, dehumidifiers*, air conditioners*, water heaters, stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers.

*Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Regulation 347 requires that items containing ozone-depleting gases have the refrigerant material (Freon) removed by a Ministry certified technician. Do not attempt to remove the refrigerant waste yourself.

The County provides Freon removal service for $15, in addition to the regular waste disposal fee. This charge will only be waived if the appliance has an official tag confirming that the Freon was removed by an MECP certified technician.

Other Acceptable Scrap Metal

  • bicycles
  • swing sets and slides
  • wire
  • toaster ovens
  • aluminium siding
  • ladders
  • pots and pans
  • stairway railings
  • tire rims
  • desks and filing cabinets
  • metal fencing
  • furnaces
  • BBQs
  • lawnmowers

 

Remove hazardous materials, such as gasoline and oil from items before delivering to the scrap metal bins or designated pile for recycling. This applies particularly to:

  • lawn mowers
  • weed whackers
  • leaf blowers
  • snow blowers
  • oil tanks, etc.
Unacceptable Items
  • those that contain a large amount of non-metal material, e.g., doors, lawn chairs, windows, etc. (dispose of with your regular garbage)
  • propane cylinders and aerosol cans

  • empty paint cans

    • air dry wet paint cans in a well ventilated area and then dispose of with your regular garbage (with the lids off)
  • those which the site attendant assesses are not suitable

If you are not sure of what to do with a material, visit the County's Recyclopedia or Wellington Reuses website.

Please be aware that there is no opportunity for customers to remove scrap metal or appliances except through the three Reuse Centres.

 Tires

The County of Wellington accepts tires at no charge at all waste facilities.

Acceptable Tires 

On-Road Vehicle Tires
  • passenger, small RV and trailer, light truck and temporary spare
  • motorcycle and golf cart
  • free rolling farm
  • medium truck
Off-the-Road Vehicle Tires
  • agricultural drive and logger skidder
  • forklift, construction equipment
  • small, medium and giant off-the-road

 

Go green by bringing used tires to a registered collector! Doing so will keep tires from being burned or landfilled. For information about additional tire drop-off locations, visit Rethink Tires' list of collectors.

Tires will be recycled into new products such as under-the-hood automotive products, flooring, sports fields, playground surfaces, and construction-related equipment and materials. For more information on what happens to used tires and products made from used tires, visit Rethink Tires.

In 2018, 174.60 tonnes of tires were diverted, which represents a 40.4% increase over the amount of tires collected in 2017.

Leaf and Yard Waste

Yard waste includes grass, leaves, small hedge or tree branches, garden trimmings, dead plants, etc. Some municipalities may have leaf and yard collection or have a local designated collection area, but SWS does not. With the exception of tree branches which go to the wood bin (see above), yard waste is treated as garbage and disposal fees apply.

Managing Fallen Leaves Year-Round

Fall

  • mow over leaves and leave a light layer on your lawn to decompose naturally
  • dig leaves into gardens to condition the soil
  • use a 15 cm (6") layer of leaves to cover vegetable gardens and flower beds
  • store leaves in bags to use in your composter in the winter, spring and summer

    • place leaves in a garbage can and use a lawn trimming tool to shred the leaves
    • scatter over lawns, dig into gardens or save to add to your backyard composter
  • start making leaf mould (decayed leaves) from deciduous trees which in about a year's time can be used in your garden or as a top dressing for lawns

    • method 1: place wet leaves and several handfuls of soil into plastic bags, poke holes in bags to allow air circulation, regularly shake the bags, and add water as needed
    • method 2: place leaves in a simple wire-mesh enclosure and turn occasionally

Winter, Spring and Summer

  • use leaves that you put aside in the fall (see above) and add them to your backyard composter throughout the winter
  • layer leaves with your vegetable and fruit scraps to help maintain a good mix of carbon and nitrogen in your composter year-round
Managing Yard Waste

Alternatives to landfill

Grasscycling occurs naturally when grass clippings are left on your lawn to decompose. Practise grasscycling to:

  • divert waste from landfill sites
  • return nitrogen and other nutrients to the lawn through the decomposition process
  • save time by not raking or bagging grass clippings

    • cut grass regularly and maintain the height of the lawn between 5 - 7 cm
    • do not cut more than 1/3 off the grass blade at one time
    • less frequent deep watering is more beneficial to lawns than more frequent surface watering

Composting Grass Clippings

Fresh grass clippings are nitrogen-rich "green" compostable material. Dried clippings are carbon rich "brown" compostable material. When adding grass clippings, follow standard composting methods. Add thin layers (no more than 10 cm) of alternating "green" and "brown" materials and top with garden soil or compost. Do not add pernicious weeds (e.g. crabgrass) or weeds in seed to your composter.

Reminder

Many species of the walnut tree family produce a chemical called juglone that can be toxic to non-tolerant plants and often does not breakdown in a backyard composter.

 Electronics

electronics

Greentec collects and processes the electronic waste that is accepted at each of our waste facilities. Greentec recovers metals, glass and plastics from e-waste for recycling.

Please follow staff directions for proper material placement.

There is no charge to recycle your waste electronics.

 

In 2018, 136.23 tonnes of electronics were collected and diverted from landfill.  

 

Drop-off Options 

Reuse options:

  • if the items can be reused, give away to family or friends, donate to local community groups, charities, or Computers for Schools
  • use the County of Welllington's Recyclopedia or Wellington Reuses to find additional reuse opportunities
  • take to a Reuse Centre at a County waste facility (fees apply)
  • find out about local organizations that accept computers for reuse, refurbishment, or dismantling
  • remember to remove all personal or confidential data from equipment and drives or find out if the organization has suitable privacy protection measures in place to ensure your information cannot be accessed

Recycling options:

Solid Waste Services is partnering with Greentec to accept e-waste at each of our waste facilities. Simply place e-waste beside the dedicated bins, as directed by site staff. 

orelectronics recycling bin at sites

  • contact the supplier (retail outlet) or the manufacturer to find out about their recycling options
  • check out the Ontario Electronic Stewardship Recycle Your Electronics website for more recycling options

 

Acceptable Items
  • computers, monitors, wiring, peripherals including modems
  • printers, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, typewriters
  • phones, cellphones, pagers, PDAs
  • answering machines, electric typewriters
  • stereo systems, TVs, digital frames, cameras, audio/video recorders and players (MP3, cassette, digital)
  • cable and satellite receivers
Unacceptable Items
  • games, toys
  • power tools
  • small household appliances, such as microwaves, toasters, blenders
Construction and Demolition
Materials known as C and D waste (drywall, shingles, bricks, wood, metals etc.) are accepted as regular waste at County facilities. All sites will accept small quantities, but larger loads must go to Riverstown.SWS logo

General waste fees apply:

  • $15 per carload, $30 per pickup truck or trailer load at sites without scales
  • $80 per metric tonne at scaled facilities - minimum $15

Please consider recycling opportunities during renovation or construction projects. If you are not sure of what to do with a material, visit the County's Recyclopedia or Wellington Reuses website. When possible, segregate the materials so that recycling opportunities can be maximized.

Some construction or renovation materials need special preparation and arrangements before bringing to a County waste facility:

 Asbestos
  • all asbestos must be delivered to Riverstown waste facility since it must be buried immediately upon receipt
  • loose asbestos must be double bagged in heavy duty plastic and tied closed
  • larger asbestos sheets that can't fit into a bag should be kept whole
  • arrangements must be made through the Operations Superintendent at least 48 hours in advance
  • inform site attendant of load contents
  • follow site attendant's instructions once you check in at the scale house
  • general waste fees apply
    • $80 per metric tonne - minimum $15
  • in the disposal of asbestos, a manifest is not necessary

    • The receipt given to the carrier would be presented as proof that the product was disposed of in a responsible way
 Clean Fill

Small amounts

  • will be accepted at all waste facilities
  • general waste fees apply:

    • $15 per carload, $30 per pickup truck or trailer load at sites without scales
    • $80 per metric tonne at scaled facilities - minimum $15

Larger amounts

  • Riverstown Waste Facility will take larger amounts
  • arrangements must be made through the Operations Superintendent at least 48 hours in advance
  • waste fees may apply, contact the Operations Superintendent for more information
  • inform site attendant of load contents and any arrangements made
  • follow site attendant's instructions once you check in at the scale house
 Concrete and Rubble

Small quantities

  • will be accepted at all waste facilities
  • staff do have the right to re-direct loads if necessary
  • general waste fees apply

    • $15 per carload, $30 per pickup truck or trailer load at sites without scales
    • $80 per metric tonne at scaled facilities - minimum $15

Larger quantities

  • will only be accepted at Riverstown Waste Facility 
  • arrangements must be made through the Operations Superintendent at least 48 hours in advance
  • inform site attendant of load contents and any arrangements made
  • follow site attendant's instructions once you check in at the scale house
  • general waste fees apply

    • $80 per metric tonne - minimum $15
Contaminated Soil
  • will only be accepted at Riverstown Waste Facility 
  • arrangements must be made through the Operations Superintendent at least 48 hours in advance
  • results of laboratory sampling may be required before disposal
  • regular waste fees will apply

    • $80 per metric tonne - minimum $15
Fibreglass
  • will only be accepted at Riverstown Waste Facility 
  • material must be double bagged in heavy duty plastic
  • arrangements must be made through the Operations Superintendent at least 48 hours in advance
  • follow site attendant's instructions once you check in at the scale house
  • general waste fees apply

    • $80 per metric tonne - minimum $15
Textiles

Solid Waste Services has a partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Programme. Funds raised from the sale of the textiles are used to promote the health of Canadians affected by diabetes through research, education, service and advocacy. A Textile Recycling Drop Box is located at every County waste facility. There is no charge to drop off your old textiles. Please place items in a plastic bag for easier drop-off in the bin. Items in good condition will be reused and damaged items will be recycled.

Acceptable items include

  • clothing
  • fabric, yarn
  • bed linen, blankets, pillows
  • sleeping bags
  • belts, bags, purses, hats, shoes, ties, boots
  • drapes
  • stuffed animals

In 2018, 20.90 tonnes of textiles were diverted, which represents an 11.0% increase from the previous year.

Wood and Brush

Please ensure that large metal pieces, such as rebar, plates and angle iron, are removed from all wood materials (to prevent damage to chipping equipment). After chipping, the materials are used for waste facility projects (such as roadway building) and other Wellington County initiatives. The site attendant will assess material to determine if it is suitable for chipping. Unacceptable materials are landfilled.

Acceptable Items
  • natural wood
  • brush
  • painted and treated wood
Unacceptable Items
  • termite infested wood
  • burnt wood
  • wood materials with plastic or aluminium siding, metal sheets or strips, steel angle iron, hinges, door/window hardware, large spikes or toxic materials

Regular disposal fees apply.

Wood and brush diversion programmes are available at the following waste facilities:

Christmas Trees

The County of Wellington provides annual natural Christmas tree collection. We offer three ways to recycle, but in all cases, please prepare your tree properly for recycling. Trees are taken to All Treat Farms in Arthur and the Riverstown Waste Facility and ground into mulch.

Tree Preparation

Remove all decorations, wire, plastic bags, stands and lights.

Ways to recycle

Drop-off at Waste Facilities

All County waste facilities will accept Christmas trees at no charge from December 27 to January 31 during regular site hours. Staff will direct you to a specific bin for Christmas trees only. Trees are taken to the Riverstown Landfill and ground into mulch.

Food bank donations are gratefully accepted.

Urban Curbside Collection 

Christmas trees will be picked up on your regular collection day during the week of January 8, 2019 in urban curbside collection areas only. 

Please lay your prepared tree at the curb by 7:00 am with your regular garbage and recycling.

If you are not sure if you are in an urban curbside collection area, please contact Solid Waste Services.

Kinsmen Club Collection 

Kinsmen Clubs collect Christmas trees at the curb in exchange for food bank donations on one day only in the following areas:

Saturday, January 5 2019

  • Drayton
  • Moorefield
  • Elora
  • Fergus
  • Salem

Trees should be set at the curb by 9:00 am. Food bank donations should be attached to the base of the tree for the Kinsmen Club collection. 

 

Food bank donations are gratefully accepted by the Kinsmen Club and by County waste facilities when you recycle your tree.

Popular food bank requests
  • canned vegetables, fruit, chili, stew, soup, meat or fish
  • rice, pasta and sauce, dried side dishes (Hamburger Helper, Sidekicks, etc.)
  • peanut butter and jam
  • children's lunch snacks
  • cereal and oatmeal
  • baby supplies, such as formula, diapers (sizes 3 to 6), baby food (no outdated please)
  • cookies, crackers and microwave popcorn
  • baking supplies
  • juice (canned and drink boxes), skim milk powder, coffee and tea
  • condiments
  • toiletries, such as shaving razors, shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, adult Depends, toothbrushes, soap, etc.
  • toilet paper, paper towels and tissue paper
  • cleaning supplies
  • large and small sandwich bags

Please watch expiry dates. Food products past expiry are discarded. Thank you

Heavy Rigid Plastics

Broken or damaged blue boxes, composters, garbage cans, rain barrels, and plastic pails can be recycled at any of the six County waste facilities. 

Blue boxes can be exchanged for a new one at no cost. 

Regular waste fees will apply for all other heavy rigid plastic containers.

In 2016, 2,409 kg of these heavy rigid plastics were recycled through this programme.

Election Signs
Note: Election signs are only accepted during an active election.

Reuse

For many candidates, they may wish to collect and hang onto their signs for reuse in the next election. 

Recycling

For those who are looking for another option, Solid Waste Services can offer recycling for all types of temporary election signs. We will accept signs made of:

  • Polypropylene (PP) Coreplast
  • Fibre - similar to boxboard

Signs will be accepted at all six County waste facilities at no charge.  

  • Signs must be free of contamination. Remove metal/wood stakes, nails, fasteners, etc. 
  • Signs will be placed in the marked temporary recycling containers. Follow site attendant's directions.
  • Place wood in the wood bin or pile (where available). Place metal in the metal bin. Regular fees apply. 

Please note any signs that are not free of contamination will be treated as garbage and regular fees will apply.

Bale Wrap
Solid Waste Services (SWS) will no longer accept bale wrap for recycling at the Riverstown waste facility as of March 31, 2015.

SWS is partnering with Switch Energy Corp. who will collect agricultural film directly from the farmer. There are three types of agricultural plastic which can be recycled in the programme:

  • bale wrap and silage bags
  • net wrap
  • silage tarpsbale wrap

These three material groups must be kept separate for recycling. It is no longer necessary to cut and wrap bale wrap in bundles.

Please contact Switch Energy Corp. to obtain collection bags and to get more information on how to participate.

80171 Kinburn Line 
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0 
T 519.524.0193
dnott@switchenergycorp.com

Why Recycle Bale Wrap?

  • conserve landfill space

  • open burning of bale wrap causes toxins to be released into the air, which can contaminate groundwater and crops, and cause respiratory problems in humans and animals

    • hazardous by-products such as metals, dioxins and furans can be present in the residual ash (Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
  • conserve natural resources
  • recycled bale wrap and greenhouse film will be recycled into pellets as a raw material for new garbage bags and consumer products

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