Submission: Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (2019)
Oxford County has a proven track record of environmental leadership and action, including commitments to zero waste, 100% renewable energy, and low carbon transportation. In response to consultation for the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks plan, Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, Oxford County's submission outlines outlines opportunities to model how municipalities can pursue environmental projects in innovative ways that truly connect with the people of Ontario.
Read Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan: Partnership Opportunities
100% Renewable Energy Plan (2018)
The Oxford County 100% Renewable Energy Plan is a dynamic roadmap to guide the County towards meeting the commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. Since the first draft of the plan in 2016, much work as been done with the Smart Energy Oxford Action Committee, as part of the Future Oxford Partnership, to understand Oxford's energy consumption and efficiency opportunities and many actions have been undertaken to advance Oxford County towards a 100% renewable energy future.
Read the 100% Renewable Energy Plan
Zero Waste Plan (2018)
Oxford County is continuing progress towards its Zero Waste objectives of reducing the amount of waste being produced in, and exported out of, Oxford County by maximizing recovery efforts and extending the lifespan of the Oxford County Waste Management Facility. In 2016, County Council received its first draft Zero Waste Plan. Working with the Zero Waste Oxford Action Committee, as part of the Future Oxford Partnership, much has been done to understand Oxford's waste composition and our opportunities to reduce waste and recover resources.
Read the Zero Waste Plan
Achieving Zero Waste – A Waste Recovery and Reduction Technology Assessment update (2018)
Enhanced Material Recovery & Biological Treatment has emerged as the preferred technology that aims to recover as much as 90% of the materials that end up in our landfill. Using this unique but proven technology, garbage would be sorted with organics separated for processing in a manner which could produce biogas, biosolids and compost materials.
Other recyclable and recoverable materials like metals, plastics, construction and demolition materials would be separated and sold/distributed to various end markets. The goal would be to have as little as 10% of the material left to be disposed of in the landfill.
Zero Waste Event Planning Guide (2017)
Yes, your event can be waste free! Download theZero Waste Event Planning Guide for essential tips, helpful suggestions, and links to local resources to support your waste-reduction efforts. Whether you're planning a large public gathering or an intimate group of friends or colleagues, this guide will help you minimize waste, maximize recycling and rethink the status quo.
Download the guide.
Zero Waste Plan (2016/17)
Oxford County is acting on its Zero Waste objectives of reducing the amount of waste being produced in, and exported out of, Oxford County by maximizing recovery efforts and extending the lifespan of the Oxford County Waste Management Facility.
The Zero Waste Plan includes series of reports and technical documents following a series of Waste Audits and an assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies (WRRT).
Public Works Annual Reports (2014)
Annual reports are required to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to fulfill regulatoryrequirements of the Ontario Safe Water Drinking Act (water), Environmental Compliance Approval (wastewater). Waste Managementreporting is also required to fulfill requirements of the Oxford County Waste Management Facility and Operations.
Drinking water annual reports
Wastewater and biosolids annual reports
Waste management annual reports
Waste Management Strategy (2014)
Since December 2011, Oxford County has been working to develop a waste management strategy to serve as a road map for reducing, handling and disposing of waste. The final report for submission to County Council on August 13, 2014, reflects broad public input through surveys, comments, public meetings and more. Read more...
Draft Trails Master Plan (2014)
Discover Oxford County's best kept secrets. The following pages will help you explore all the wonders of Oxford County trails and parks, while you enjoy being active outdoors. Regular physical activity reduces the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and many other chronic conditions.So, feel better about yourself and get active in Oxford. No matter what you are looking to do, there is surely a trail that fits your fitness level or interest. Read more...
Oxford Natural Heritage Study (2006)
Oxford County possesses many valuable assets including natural assets – forests, wetlands, streams and rivers.These natural resources provide many values to society including, purification of the air and groundwater, habitat for wild plants and animals,
erosion protection, and recreational opportunities.Read more...
2014 Energy Management Plan
Our Energy Management Plan outlines the County's intentions to reduce our overall carbon footprint, operation costs and energy use.
Read the updated (2017) Energy Management Plan here.
Annual Energy Consumption & GHG Emissions Inventory