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.

A new Green Bin Organics Programme began in Wellington County on July 7, 2020. Organic waste is collected from the curb weekly, for all households that receive curbside collection. Programme tools and an information package were delivered to each household in the Spring of 2020. Click the Green Bin button below for more details.

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!


Green Bin     Food Waste Reduction     Home Composting


 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.


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

Leaf and yard waste includes leaves, small hedges or tree branches, garden trimmings, dead plants, etc. In the County’s new curbside collection contract, Solid Waste Services (SWS) will be providing annual curbside collection of leaf and yard waste in urban areas.  This new service will begin in the Fall of 2020, and will occur every Spring and Fall in the future. More details on the County's new Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Programme to come!

For residents outside of urban areas, or those looking to dispose of leaf and yard waste when the Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Programme is not running, there are three options:

  1. Leaf and yard waste can be composted in a backyard composter. More information on Leaf and Yard Waste Composting can be found below. Please find more information on Managing Grass Clippings below as well.
  2. Leaf and yard waste can be placed into user pay garbage bags and set to the curb on garbage collection day. This material will be sent to landfill.
  3. Leaf and yard waste can be brought to any of the County's six waste facilities. This material will be sent to landfill and charged as garbage.


Managing Fallen Leaves Year-Round


  • 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 Grass Clippings


Grasscycling occurs naturally when grass clippings are left on your lawn to decompose. Practice 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.

Leaf and Yard Waste Composting

Hold off on your Spring cleanup! Try to hold off on Spring yard and garden cleanup until daytime temperatures consistently reach over 10oC. Many pollinator species, including bees, spend the winter under leaf litter and slowly emerge once the weather gets warmer. By raking your leaves too early, you can disturb these vital species before they get a chance to emerge and begin pollinating.

Many residents produce large quantities of organic yard and garden waste from their properties through raking, mowing, and gardening.  While there is curbside collection of leaf and yard waste in the Spring and Fall for urban areas, we know some leaf and yard material could end up in our landfill. Composting leaf and yard waste at home is easy and it can have many benefits, including:

  • improved soil drainage
  • increased soil nutrients
  • reduced strain on landfill
  • cost savings - less disposal fees and free compost for your yard!


Here are a few easy steps for composting your leaf and yard waste at home:

  1. Locate a composting area – Find a location in your yard that is out of sight, but easy to access. This area should be on level ground with good drainage; preferably a soil or gravel base. Ensure your compost will not be against a building or hedge.
  2. Choose a form of containment – Material can be composted in an open pile, but using some form of containment will prevent your compost from blowing around. A simple enclosure made of scrap wood or chicken wire works well.
  3. Add your material – You will need a good mix of dry, “brown”, carbon-rich material (eg. mulched leaves, branches, and twigs) and damp, “green”, nitrogen-rich material (eg. grass clippings).
  4. Maintain your compost – Turn and water your compost regularly to encourage airflow, disperse heat, and maintain moisture. Compost should at least 15oC, and should be moist, not soggy!

You will know your compost is ready when it is black with an earthy smell. Then you are ready to spread the finished compost on your lawn, work it into loosened existing soil for your garden, or share with a friend. It’s that easy!


For more information on composting leaf and yard waste at home, check out these helpful links below:









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.



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.  


Reuse options:

  • if items can be reused, give away to family or friends, or 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)

All County waste facilities have re-opened with their regular operating hours. Reuse Centres will remain closed until further notice.

  • 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.

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General waste fees apply:

  • $15 per carload, $30 per pickup truck or trailer load at sites without scales
  • $97.50 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:

  • 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 Disposal Compliance Supervisor 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
    • $97.50 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

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
    • $97.50 per metric tonne at scaled facilities - minimum $15

Larger amounts

  • Riverstown Waste Facility will take larger amounts
  • arrangements must be made through the Disposal Compliance Supervisor 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 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
    • $97.50 per metric tonne at scaled facilities - minimum $15

Larger quantities

  • will only be accepted at Riverstown Waste Facility 
  • arrangements must be made through the Disposal Compliance Supervisor 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

    • $97.50 per metric tonne - minimum $15
  • will only be accepted at Riverstown Waste Facility 
  • arrangements must be made through the Disposal Compliance Supervisor at least 48 hours in advance
  • results of laboratory sampling may be required before disposal
  • regular waste fees will apply

    • $97.50 per metric tonne - minimum $15
  • will only be accepted at Riverstown Waste Facility 
  • material must be double bagged in heavy duty plastic
  • arrangements must be made through the Disposal Compliance Supervisor at least 48 hours in advance
  • follow site attendant's instructions once you check in at the scale house
  • general waste fees apply

    • $97.50 per metric tonne - minimum $15

All County waste facilities have re-opened with their regular operating hours. All Textile Recycling Drop Boxes are open. Reuse Centres will remain closed until further notice.

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 7, 2020 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.

Trees For Tots Collection

The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is expanding their Trees for Tots Christmas tree collection in 2020 to Wellington County residents in the following areas: Aberfoyle, and Rockwood.

To participate in Trees for Tots Christmas tree collection, please register on the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington website. If you do not register for this collection you will not be able to participate. The minimum donation amount for this charity is $10 per tree.

Collection will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and your Christmas tree must be to the curb by 8:00 am

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 4, 2020

  • 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.


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


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. Please alert site attendant that you have election signs to recycle.

  • 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

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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