Garbage and Recycling

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2021 Garbage and Recycling Schedule 

Please Note:  When a holiday falls on a Monday, it does NOT affect the regular schedule.

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Items to Recycle under the Township's recycling program:

Items to Recycle

Please be advised, at this time Waste Connections,  will NOT be accepting paint cans cleaned out or not.  

 Please be advised there is a 6 bag limit bi-weekly for garbage.

Green E-Recycling:  

Looking to dispose of old or broken electronics: 

The STEAM Centre continues to collect and refurbish desktops, laptops, and tablets in good condition which are donated to students, Indigenous communities and people with limited income as part of its re//BUILD.IT program. E-waste can either be dropped off by appointment at the STEAM Centre (located at 745 Talbot Street in St. Thomas) or they will arrange for pick-up. Appointments for both drop off and pick-up can be made by calling the Centre at 226-212-0048 or by e-mailing

The County of Elgin Green E-Cycling will no longer have this program.   The bin at the Keystone Complex has been removed.  

Medication and Sharps Disposal:

Medicine Disposal: 

Sharps Disposal: 

  • The Health Products Stewardship Association operates programs locally through participating pharmacies to collect these products.
  • Visit your local participating pharmacy to return these products.  Find the one nearest you by or by downloading the Recyclepedia App on your device.
  • Pharmaceuticals/medications/prescription drugs and medical sharps are household hazardous waste and should not be placed in the regular garbage collection.

St. Thomas Community Recycling Centre Open to Residents! 

Recycling Centre Information

Full-time Hours of Operation: (effective March 16, 2021)

Tuesdays - Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Closed all statutory holidays

Household hazardous waste is accepted on Saturdays ONLY

Residents can take the following items to the St. Thomas Community Recycling Centre free of charge for Southwold residents:

  • Tires
  • Cardboard 
  • Curbside Recyclable material             
  • Waste Electronics   
  • Scrap Metal (including non-refrigerant bearing appliances) 
  • Yard Waste and brush

More items are available for disposal at the recycling centre. For a full  list of items, please visit their website.

Rate Structure 
minimum charge of $20 applies to all loads with chargable material. 
All fees are at the distrection of the site attendant. 

*Proof of residency in participating municipalities are required. (Driver's license, work order for property where waste is generated.)*

Any questions please call: (519) 631-1680 ext. 4258


Greenlane Landfill is owned and operated by the City of Toronto.  The CIty maintains a comprehensive web page with valuable information regarding the land fill. 

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is the regulatory body that has jurisdiction over waste disposal sites in Ontario.  The MOE conducts inspections and report reviews to ensure a facility is operating within its approval documents, the applicable legislation and regulations. 

The City of Toronto and Green Lane Landfill retained the service of Golder Associates Ltd. in late 2012 to conduct an odour survey and odour assessment.   As requested by the MOE, the City of Toronto recently submitted an updated odour abatement plan and strategy dated June 14, 2013.  Representatives of the City's Solid Waste Management Services for Green Lane Landfill presented the updated odour abatement plan at the Public Liaison Committee meeting on June 18, 2013.  Green Lane Landfill has already completed some of the work and is in the process of implementing more.  Further, funds have been earmarked by the City of Toronto to implement the necessary changes and to operate well into the future to continue meeting the recommendations of the study.