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December 11, 2019
Don’t let your holidays go to waste

Choose products with less packaging to reduce the amount materials 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.

New this year, bulky Styrofoam from packaging can now be dropped off at the Oxford County Waste Management Facility and Woodstock Enviro Depot. Beginning January 4, 2020, the Tillsonburg Transfer Station will also accept bulky Styrofoam products for recycling.

Review your holiday collection schedule

Residences and businesses in Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Ingersoll and Zorra will have regularly scheduled collection during the holidays.

Located in Woodstock or Tillsonburg?

See below for adjusted collection dates




Tuesday, December 24

City of Woodstock

Monday, December 23

Wednesday, December 25

City of Woodstock

Friday, December 27

Town of Tillsonburg

Saturday, December 28

Thursday, December 26

City of Woodstock

Monday, December 30

Wednesday, January 1

City of Woodstock

Thursday, January 2

Town of Tillsonburg

Saturday, January 4

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

Normal operating hours for the 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.

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 and telephone service alerts by visiting


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Twitter: @WastelineOxford
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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 119,000 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 serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily 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 or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 |

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