There’s only one week left until changes to Oxford County’s Waste Management program for curbside collection begins.
Starting on Monday, May 4, Oxford County will be working with a new waste management contractor to collect residential curbside garbage and recycling.
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Changes will impact collection routes for some residents, as well as minor changes to what can and cannot be placed in the blue box under the new program. The County is asking residents to be aware of the following collection program changes:
· Pick-up days for curbside collection will change for approximately 3,000 customers in Tillsonburg and Ingersoll as a result of newly revised collection routes.
· Pick-up times may change along the newly revised collection routes, so all customers are reminded to make sure garbage and recycling are placed at the curb before 7 a.m. to ensure pick up.
· Plastic film products like plastic bags, plastic wrap or film packaging, and styrofoam products like takeout clamshells, meat trays and cups are no longer accepted in the blue box. Large and bulky styrofoam residential drop-off will continue to be available once the drop-off facilities are cleared to re-open to the public after COVID-19.
For a full list of changes to what can or cannot be placed in the blue box, visit wasteline.ca .
Residents can also use the “ What Goes Where ” tool available through the Wasteline app or wasteline.ca. If you are not sure where something goes, you enter your home address, and the item you want to recycle, and they will tell you where it goes.
The list of unacceptable items for blue box recycling includes aerosol cans (full or partially full), bubble wrap, foil wrapping paper, and styrofoam. Note that bulky styrofoam will not be picked up at the curb.
Residents should have received an information sheet in the mail this month. This information sheet serves as a temporary ‘Wasteline calendar’ outlining the updated collection schedule and highlights minor changes to acceptable blue box recycling materials. It also contains information about large-item pickup for this spring and summer which is already underway. Residents can expect an updated Wasteline calendar in the mail in September.
None of the changes will impact City of Woodstock residents, as their curbside collection is run by city operations on behalf of Oxford County. Woodstock’s blue box system remains a two-stream recycling program collected once every two weeks.
All Oxford County customers can also watch for ongoing news and updates a t wasteline.ca, where customers can sign up for automatic updates; through the Wasteline mobile app, available from Apple’s App Store or Google Play; and on social media – Facebook.com/OxfordCounty or @WastelineOxford on Twitter.