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December 13, 2018
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.

Follow these simple steps for quick and simple recycling this 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 centimeters.
  • Wrapping paper can be recycled, with the exception of foil-based wrapping paper. Please remove all ribbons and bows.

Review your holiday collection schedule

Residences and businesses in Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg and Zorra will have regularly scheduled collection during the holidays.

Located in Woodstock or Ingersoll?
See below for adjusted collection dates

December 24 City of Woodstock December 21
December 25 Town of Ingersoll

City of Woodstock
December 22

December 27
December 26 City of Woodstock December 28
January 1 Town of Ingersoll

City of Woodstock
December 29

January 2

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

Normal operating hours for the waste management facility are 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 at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, 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, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford 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, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 |