Garbage & Recycling

Garbage & Recycling in the County of Wellington

Solid Waste Services Division
Engineering Services Department
74 Woolwich Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3T9

T: 519-837-2601
F: 519-837-8138

The County owns and operates two active landfill sites and four transfer stations. Over the past three years the County has buried an average of just over 21,800 metric tonnes each year.

All residents and businesses can use County waste facilities to drop off garbage. Curbside collection service is provided to residents and businesses in urban areas of the County on a weekly basis. Bi-weekly curbside collection is also provided to the rural areas of Erin and Guelph/Eramosa. If you are a new resident in the County, please feel free to contact us with questions (see below).

The County has a full user pay system for garbage. There is a fee for every bag of garbage picked up at curbside or dropped off at a waste facility. This system provides a fair method of charging for garbage. It encourages people to practice the 3-R's, (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and gives them some control over how much they want to spend on their garbage each week.

Special user pay bags are required for those residents with access to curbside collection. Any item which does not fit within a user pay bag will not be collected. Larger items may be taken to any County waste facility (fees apply).

Rural residents without collection may choose to hire a private waste hauler. Listings for private haulers can be found in the yellow pages under headings such as "Rubbish Removal".

Blue Box Materials

There are two ways to recycle blue box materials in the County of Wellington. Some residents have curbside collection and all residents can use County waste facilities. There is no charge to participate int he Blue Box Recycling Programme.

If you are a new resident in the County, please feel free to contact us with questions.

Curbside collection is in two streams placed in blue boxes - Containers & Paper Products (including Corrugated Cardboard). Curbside collection includes cart collection for apartments and schools.

Blue box materials are collected in three streams when you drop off at waste facilities - Containers, Paper Products and Corrugated Cardboard. Dedicated bins at waste facilities are labelled for each of the materials.