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Recycling the right way

Three simple ways you can reduce recycling contamination

The Oxford County landfill accumulated almost 47,000 tonnes of garbage over the past year alone. 47,000 tonnes!

That is a lot of waste piling up in the landfill, and you might be asking yourself, “What can I do about it?” Small steps, like recycling and recycling the right way, can go a long way in reducing the amount of garbage we generate as a community.

So how exactly do you recycle the right way? The answer is: by preventing contamination of recyclables. Contamination happens when recyclable items aren’t cleaned properly, or when non-recyclable items get mixed in with recyclables.

For example, the paper in your pizza box that is smeared with grease cannot be processed with clean paper. That chocolate milk container needs a quick rinse before throwing it in your recycling bin so it doesn’t make a sticky mess all over everything else.

Not separating different types of materials can also cause problems during recycling. Leaving pieces of plastic in with cardboard packaging, or leaving Styrofoam in a box when putting it out to the curb can create issues. Just a little extra care in separating these materials will go a long way in reducing the amount of garbage that winds up in the landfill.

Did you know that up to 6% of recyclable material has to be thrown out? 

Here are some quick tips to follow to help you recycling the right way:

  1. Rinse out and properly clean all recyclables before adding them to the blue box.
  2. Place all plastic bags and plastic films into one larger plastic bag and tie it before adding them to the blue box.
  3. Separate Styrofoam, tape and other plastic material from cardboard packaging. The cardboard goes in recycling, the rest of the materials belong in the garbage.

If you are ever unsure if something is recyclable or not, just visit or download the Wasteline app and use the ‘What goes where?’ tool. Type in the material and it will tell you if it’s recyclable or garbage.

It’s so simple to do your part to reduce the garbage we generate. Recycle today and recycle the right way, for a better tomorrow. 

Green Cone system check-in

Rob Walton, Director of Public Works, explains how the Green Cone is working for him. 

After a few months of using his Green Cone, Rob Walton, Director of Public Works explainsGreen Cone how the system is working on his property. 

Rob says that the Green Cone has plenty of room for the food scraps created by his two-person household. He also uses a traditional composter, which helps to ensure that he doesn't overfill his Green Cone. He explains how easy the system is to use, and how little mess and smell it creates. 

“The under-the-sink pail that comes with the Green Cone works great. It's dishwasher-friendly and cleans up very well,” says Rob. "So far, I haven’t noticed any issues with the smell, like you sometimes do with a traditional system."

Rob is currently using the Green Cone for meat scraps (the ones he doesn't feed to his dog), bones, small amounts of grease and half of his vegetable scraps (he uses the other half for the traditional composter in his garden). 

Animals cannot access the Green Cone. Rob says that he has seen a small amount of skunk activity in the loose dirt around the cone from the installation but no different than other parts of his lawn. Skunks shouldn't be an issue unless they are startled, and they do you a favour by eating grubs! 

Visit us at the Oxford County Administration Building to purchase your green cone for $40. 
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Installing your Green Cone system

Here are some helpful tips for installing your Green Cone, courtesy of Rob Walton, Oxford County's Director of Public Works. 

Have your hardware ready

Be sure you have all the parts that came with the Green Cone system. The hardware pieces are not all something you will necessarily have around the house.

Pick your installation day

Installation typically takes less than an hour. Pick a nice dry day and have your manual ready to follow the instructions for installation. 

Tips for proper installation 

  1. Make sure that you install the Cone in a very sunny location
  2. Keep room around the Cone for easy yard maintenance
  3. If you have drainage issues, don’t install fully in the ground; instead, put fill around the base
  4. Remember to add the accelerator that comes with the composter as per the instructions

Visit us at the Oxford County Administration Building to purchase your green cone for $40. 

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A new pest-free solution to composting

Introducing the Green Cone compost system: now available for purchase from Oxford County for $40.

About the Green Cone

The Green Cone is a way to compost your kitchen scraps underground and let the sun and cone do all the work.

Green cone composter

The Green Cone was invented in 1988. The goal was to sustainably and efficiently get rid of kitchen waste and keep animals out of your compost. The cone is manufactured in Ontario from very durable and recycled plastic.

Benefits to the Green Cone system

  • No need to stir the compost
  • Your compost will be underground, making it difficult for animals to get to it
  • Less smell
  • Composter made out of recyclable materials
  • Allows you to compost kitchen scraps that traditional systems can’t break down

Find out more about how the Green Cone system works on the Compostec website.

Visit us at the Oxford County Administration Building (21 Reeve St., Woodstock) or the Waste Management Facility (384060 Salford Rd, Salford) to purchase your Green Cone for $40. Please note: this offer is available to residents only.  

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