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December 12, 2017
Don't let your holidays go to waste

Increase your recycling over the holidays to avoid sending materials to the landfill

During the holidays, gift wrap and excess packaging can have a significant environmental impact. Residents can make a difference in making an effort to choose products with limited packing while ensuring the packaging and gift wrap they are using can be recycled.

To reduce the amount of waste going into the Oxford County landfill, here are some simple tips to increase your recycling during the holiday season:

  • Remove all tape, plastic film, twist ties and other objects before recycling cardboard packaging
  • Break down and flatten all cardboard boxes, with bundles no larger than 75 x 75 x 20 cm
  • Try to avoid using foil-based paper, as it is not recyclable
  • Recycle paper-based wrapping paper and remove all tape, ribbons and bows

Review your holiday schedule

Collection dates over the holidays may be adjusted, depending on where you live. Review the calendar below for garbage and recycling collection dates.

Date Municipality Collection Day
December 22 City of Woodstock
Oxford County
South-West Oxford Township
December 21
December 22
As per six-day calendar
December 25 City of Woodstock
Oxford County
South-West Oxford Township
December 27
December 23
As per six-day calendar
December 26 City of Woodstock
Oxford County
South-West Oxford Township
December 28
December 26
As per six-day calendar
January 1 City of Woodstock
Oxford County
South-West Oxford Township
January 2
December 30
As per six-day calendar

The Oxford County Waste Management Facility will be closed on Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26 and Monday, January 1.

Normal operating hours for the waste management facility is Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tips for setting out materials in the winter

When placing your garbage and recycling at the curbside for pickup during the winter months, Oxford County Waste Management asks residents to ensure their set outs can be easily seen by collection staff. Residents are asked to refrain from using white garbage bags, which can be difficult to see in snowy conditions.

Residents are also asked to avoid placing garbage and recycling on top of snow banks, for the health and safety of the collection staff. If necessary, shovel out an area to place your garbage and recycling at ground level.

Inclement weather during the winter can cause delays or cancellations to garbage and recycling collection. Oxford County residents can sign up to receive service alerts sent directly to their smartphone or tablet by downloading the wasteline app. Residents can also sign up for email and telephone service alerts by visiting

Social media and online content

Twitter: @WastelineOxford

Facebook: Oxford County

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 111,700 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050 and becoming a zero waste community. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture forms a cornerstone of the County’s economy, which boasts 55,000 jobs in a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector bolstered by its location at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403. The County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement

519.539.9800, ext. |

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