Oxford County manages a leading Waste Management program, consistently reaching top rankings for waste diversion in its class among Ontario municipalities. Through careful planning and an active diversion strategy, the County has extended the life of the landfill at the Oxford County Waste Management Facility to at least 2044.
- About 63,000 tonnes of material was received at the Waste Management Facility (landfill) in 2017.
- Just over 22,000 tonnes of material received at the Waste Management Facility was diverted from landfill in 2017.
- Additionally, 8,490 tonnes of residential blue box material was collected and diverted from landfill in 2017.
- In 2017 the County’s residential diversion rate was about 59%.
Waste Management & Education Centre
The Oxford County Waste Management & Education Centre officially opened in June 2018. The net-zero energy facility includes a solar photovoltaic system that produces enough electricity to offset the amount of electricity used by the entire Waste Management Facility.
The building features numerous energy efficiencies, including rammed earth walls that are 22 inches thick and contain 8 inches of insulation, triple-pane windows and Energy Recovery Ventilators that heat the incoming air supply with heat energy recovered from the building's exhaust air.
The Education Centre component of the building offers a variety of interactive displays that educate on environmental sustainability, renewable energy and zero waste. The centre will be primarily used for school visits, but interested members of the public can contact the Oxford County Public Works Department at 1-800-755-0394 to request a tour by appointment. To learn more about the Waste Management & Education Centre, read the grand opening news release.
Download the Waste Management & Education Centre school tour brochure or community tour brochure.