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Waste Reduction Week in Canada

October 15 - 21, 2018

Good news: your community is already a leader in recycling and in working towards a zero waste future! Oxford County has a 90% waste diversion target by 2025 that will extend the life of the municipal landfill to 2100, and you can help. We’re inviting you to take part in Canada’s Waste Reduction Week as an individual, family, school, workplace or group to help us do better and to spread the word to others. Read the news release.

Waste Reduction Week in Oxford

Kick-Off & Contest

Monday, October 15

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Open House at the new Waste Management & Education Centre

384060 Salford Rd, Salford

  • Tours of the net-zero facility, interactive educational displays, and info about Oxford’s zero waste goal


Tuesday, October 16

Champions & Innovators

Wednesday, October 17

Zero Waste Events:

  • Big or small, your event can be waste free! Oxford’s success stories include the 10,000-person Canterbury Festival, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Lions Club Fish Fry and more. Read about these events on the Wasteline blog.
  • Attend Trash Theatre: Recycled Silk Screening at the Otterville Public Library, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event details.

Plastics & Packaging

Thursday, October 18

  • Learn what you can to do reduce your use of plastics for the health of the planet
  • Improperly sorted or contaminated material in a blue box ends up in the landfill—how well do you know your recyclables? Check out the plastics and packaging blog post

Food Waste

Friday, October 19

Food pledge and “ugly food”:

Hazardous Waste & E-waste

Weekend, October 20 & 21

  • Batteries, fluorescent lights, aerosol cans and paints are hazardous household waste and should not be put out at the curb – learn how to safely dispose of them
  • Host your own Swap-Share-Repair event! Register your event at

Win a green cone!

Share a photo of your waste reduction success story and you could win one of four green cones!

Post your photo to Twitter or Facebook as a public post with the #WasteReductionWeek hashtag and tag @OxfordCounty.

Contest closes Monday, October 22.

Eligible entries must depict actions or activities that follow the principles of Waste Reduction Week in Canada and must be posted from a genuine social media account, Facebook or Twitter, that follows all terms including age requirement.
All submissions may be shared by Oxford County and Future Oxford social media accounts.
Contest is open to Oxford County residents. Winners may be required to provide proof of residency, e.g., addressed mail or photo identification. Winners will be selected by random draw after the contest closes on October 22.

Purchase a green cone or compost bin

Pick yours up at a discounted rate at the Oxford County Administration Building in Woodstock or any municipal office. Remember, you can compost or “green cone” all winter long. Pricing and more information

All Week

Phone it forward!
Look for CNIB collection boxes at municipal offices, County libraries and other locations to donate your used mobile phones. They’ll be refurbished and adapted for use by people with sight loss. See for more information.

Electronic waste recycling
Norwich United Church and Eastwood United Church are accepting computers, cell phones and other electronics for their recycling programs during the following times:

  • Monday, October 15
    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 16
    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, October 17
    5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Friday, October 19
    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the Recycling Program go towards the respective Church’s stewardship programs.
Please do not bring toasters or coffee makers.