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December 16, 2020
Don’t let your holidays go to waste

Choose products with less packaging to reduce the amount of material sent 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 packaging while also choosing packaging and gift wrap options that 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 centimetres.
  • Wrapping paper can be recycled, with the exception of foil-based wrapping paper.
  • Remove all ribbons and bows. Save and reuse for next year where possible.

A reminder that bulky Styrofoam from packaging often found in larger gifts can now be dropped off at the Oxford County Waste Management Facility, Tillsonburg Transfer Station and Woodstock Enviro Depot.

  

Review your holiday collection schedule

Residences and businesses in Tillsonburg, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Ingersoll, Zorra and East Zorra-Tavistock (south of Braemer Sideroad) will have regularly scheduled collection during the holidays.

Located in Woodstock, Blandford-Blenheim or East Zorra-Tavistock (north of Braemer Sideroad)?

See below for adjusted collection dates

ORIGINAL DAY

MUNICIPALITY

NEW COLLECTION DAY

Thursday, December 24

City of Woodstock

Tuesday, December 22

Friday, December 25

City of Woodstock

Wednesday, December 23

Blandford-Blenheim/
East Zorra-Tavistock

Saturday, December 26

Monday, December 28

City of Woodstock

Tuesday, December 29

Friday, January 1

City of Woodstock

Monday, January 4

Blandford-Blenheim/
East Zorra-Tavistock

Saturday, January 2

  

Waste facility holiday hours and closures

  

Oxford County Waste Management Facility

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

Normal operating hours for the Oxford County 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.

Woodstock EnviroDepot

The Woodstock EnviroDepot will be closed from Thursday, December 24 to Saturday, December 26 and Friday, January 1. The EnviroDepot is offering two “bonus days” during the holidays – Wednesday, December 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (all depots), and Thursday, December 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (blue box recycling depot only).

Normal operating hours for the EnviroDepot from December 1 to March 31 are Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (blue box recycling depot only) and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (all depots).
 

Tillsonburg Transfer Station

The Tillsonburg Transfer Station will large-item depot will be open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 26 (Boxing Day) and Saturday, January 2, 2021. The yard waste depot is open Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  

Christmas tree disposal

Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at any of the brush, leaf, and yard waste depots located throughout the County.

  

Online bag tag purchases

The Oxford County Administration Building will be closed from December 24, 2020, to January 4, 2021. Any bag tag purchases made online during this time will not be processed until offices reopen. A list of local retailers where bag tags can be purchased in person is available on wasteline.ca/bagtags.

  

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 snowbanks, 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, phone or text service alerts through the “When’s my pickup?” widget on wasteline.ca.

  

Social media and online content

www.wasteline.ca
Twitter: @WastelineOxford
Facebook: Oxford County
www.oxfordcounty.ca/newsroom

  

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 121,000 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 is driving innovation in sustainable industries and 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 www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.

Contacts

Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 | jaustin@oxfordcounty.ca


Oxford County is taking steps to support our community's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and measures taken by Southwestern Public Health. We are monitoring our operations daily to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our residents, employees and visitors. Get updates at www.oxfordcounty.ca/COVID-19