Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and Recycling

Blue BoxThe County of  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 encourages people to practice the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and gives them some control over how much they want to spend on their garbage each week.

Wellington County Website


Garbage Collection

Curbside collection is provided in the urban areas of Clifford, Harriston, Palmerston and Minto Pines. Garbage & Recycling collection day in Minto is Tuesday.

Yellow user pay bags are required in order to receive curb/roadside garbage collection. The yellow bags are sold in packages of 10. Large bags are $20.00 per package ($2.00each) and small bags are $15 per package ($1.50 each). Yellow user pay bags can be purchased from the following locations:


  • Clifford Village Variety
  • Leonards General Store


  • Foodland
  • Murphy's TIM-BR Mart
  • Harriston Transfer Station
  • Harriston Home Hardware
  • Merv's Grocery & Variety
  • Town of Minto Municipal Office


  • Foodland
  • Jay's Variety

Recycling Collection

Blue Box Program

The County of Wellington's blue box program (no charge) is provided through curbside collection in urban areas, and through designated drop-off bins at all County landfill sites and transfer stations.

Each household is entitled to two blue boxes at no charge. Blue boxes may be picked up at any County landfill site or transfer station, or at your local municipal office.

For a list of materials accepted in the blue box programme and preparation instructions visit:

Alkaline Battery Recycling

Now available at all 14 County Libraries!

Drop your alkaline batteries - up to D size into the top of the battery tube at our local library branches in Clifford, Harriston and Palmerston.

Batteries may also be taken to the Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Depot and Selected HHW Depots. Information can be found at

Household Hazardous Waste

Wellington County residents can take selected Household Hazardous Waste materials to five of the County's waste facilities year round. County residents may also use the Mobile HHW Depot, which rotates between all six of the County waste facilities and two County roads garages. Schedule can be found on-line at:

Please note: If you live on a farm, only the HHW materials generated from the household can be accepted.

Contact SWS for more information.


Waste Facilities

Transfer stations accept small loads of waste and landfills handle both small and large loads of waste. The three waste facilities most regularly utilized by residents and businesses in the Town of Minto are:

Harriston Transfer Station

5668 Highway 23
Town of Minto
(accepts small loads only)
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Riverstown Landfill Site

7253 Sideroad 5 West
Township of Wellington North
(accepts small and large loads)
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Rothsay Transfer Station

8495 Wellington Road 7
Township of Mapleton
(accepts small loads only)
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

County waste facilities provide a range of services including: garbage disposal, blue box recycling (no charge), scrap metal recycling, wood/brush chipping, large appliance recycling, tire recycling, and selected household hazardous waste drop-off for motor oil and oil filters, antifreeze, automotive and household batteries, propane cylinders and aerosol cans (no charge and limits apply). (Please note that wood/brush chipping and selected HHW drop-off services are not available at all waste facilities.) Contact SWS to find out about fees for disposal and recycling, material preparation instructions, requirements and regulations.


Re-Use Centre

The Reuse Centre provides a "last" chance to give a second life to items that would otherwise be landfilled.

One person's waste is another's treasure!

The Reuse Centre may be utilized by residents and businesses in the County of Wellington.

Reuse Centre Location

Riverstown Landfill Site
7254 Sideroad 5 West, 
Township of Wellington North. 
Open Tuesday - Saturday:  8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Item Drop Off:

At the scale house, let the attendant know you have an item for the Reuse Centre. Please note that the attendant has the discretion to not accept any item(s) for reuse.

  • Pay the tipping fee as assessed by the attendant.
  • Unload the item(s) and place in the Reuse Centre

Item Selection & Removal:

  • Fill out the information/waiver(IW) form located outside the Reuse Centre (must be at least 18 years of age to sign).
  • Fold the yellow copy of the IW form around the item tag(s) and place inside the mailbox. (The white copy of the IW form is yours to keep).
  • Customers are responsible for loading selected items.
  • Any item returned will only be accepted as a waste item, and charged the assessed disposal fee.
  • Items are FREE to pick up!