Garbage & Recycling

Garbage / Recycling

Local waste management is provided by the Township of South-West Oxford in partnership with Oxford County.

South-West Oxford has a six-business-day garbage & recycling collection cycle. The pilot project reduces the cost and environmental impact of curbside collection, since the six day collection is expected to save over $72,000 per year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 41%.

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The Township’s collection schedule offers several advantages, including single stream recycling collection, which means that recyclable materials (fibers and containers) do not need to be sorted and are picked up with each pick-up cycle, rather than every other collection.

Oxford County’s Waste Management Facility (landfill) is a one-stop shop for residents and businesses in Oxford County to dispose of their garbage and recycling. Play the video to take a virtual tour of the facility to see how it operates and what kinds of materials you can bring for disposal.

Guidelines for Curbside Waste Collection

Make sure to set out your garbage and recycling by 7:00 a.m. the morning of your pickup. Place the garbage bag(s) beside the curb, making sure they are clearly visible. Please note that due to weather conditions pick up times may vary.

Ensure a bag tag is attached to each garbage bag. The County of Oxford Uses a ‘bag tag’ system which designed to encourage reducing, recycling and re-using. In a “user pay” system residents only pay for the waste they generate, rather than sharing or distributing the costs of curbside collection as part of the County’s tax levy. The cost is $2.00 per garbage bag tag and tags are available for purchase, at local stores and the Township municipal office. There is no tax or mark-up on bag tags, although some vendors may charge a minimum sale fee for debit or credit purchases. There is also no minimum requirement for purchase.

Place your bag tag around the neck of the garbage bag, sticking the ends of the tag to one another. This will help prevent the tags coming off in wet or cold conditions.

Composting Containers Available

Composting is the process of breaking down organic material (yard and food waste) into a dark, nutrient-rich soil that can then be used to help your gardens and flower beds grow.

The Township sells two types of composters; an above ground composter with a 311 litre capacity for $10 or an underground composter called the Green Cone, able to digest up to 1 kg of food waste every 1-2 days for $40.

Recycling Containers Available

Blue boxes are available for purchase at the Township municipal offices in two sizes:

  • 83 Litres (22 Gallon) Curbside container blue box: $5.50/box
  • 61 Litres (16 Gallon) Curbside paper blue box: $4.50/box
  • Lids for 22 and 16 gallon containers : $1.50/lid

Stay Connected with Wasteline

To assist residents with the new six business day cycle, Wasteline tools will help keep track of your garbage and recycling collection schedule. Use the ‘When’s my pickup?’ tool (located below) to sign up for automated reminders. Or, download the Wasteline mobile app onto your smart phone or tablet.

Search by address to confirm your next waste collection day and see what materials are being collected.

You can also:

  • View, download and print your collection calendar
  • Sign up for weekly reminders (email, phone or Twitter)
  • Add a schedule to your personal calendar (iCal, Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook)


Use your Apple or Android device to view schedules, receive reminders, and get sorting tips for your garbage and recycling.



Municipal Contacts

Township of South-West Oxford

Located in South Western Ontario, in the South West section of Oxford County and serves as a regional centre for industry, commerce and recreation.

The Township oversees 87,588 acres with a population of 7,544 and we have Canada’s busiest highway in our front yard! With a rich agricultural heritage, please stop by and enjoy our diverse Township. 

The Township’s mission is be "a leader in the development and delivery of municipal services for the growth and well being of our community"

Contact Us

312915 Dereham Line
Mt. Elgin, On N0J 1N0
Hours: Monday – Friday 
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 519-877-2702 / 519-485-0477
Fax: 519-485-2932

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