Public drop-off

Give Waste a New Life

Hours of operation

Public Drop-off (Gate 1)

  • Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday and holidays

Recycle Zone and Paper Shredder (Gate 3)

Gate 3 is closed for the winter season. Please use Gate 1.

Commercial Drop-off (Gate 2)

  • Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (After 3 p.m. use Gate 1 to access the site until 6 p.m.)
  • Closed weekends and holidays

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday and holidays


Accepted payment methods include cash, Interac, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Current gates and scales

Gate 1 – Public Waste Drop-Off area
Gate 2 – Commercial vehicle scale
Gate 3 – Recycling and Yard Waste Zone including Household Hazardous Waste Depot

Loading your vehicle

Loading items into your car in a certain order will make unloading easier and potentially save you money.

  1. First, load your waste materials (e.g. household garbage, furniture, etc.).
  2. Second, load recyclables (e.g. aluminum, cardboard, glass, plastics containers, etc.) and yard waste.
  3. Finally, load household hazardous waste (e.g. compact fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint, motor oil, etc.).

If you have recyclables or household hazardous waste to dispose of, your first stop will be Gate 3 (Recycling Zone). Otherwise, to drop off waste materials only, please use Gate 1 (Public Waste Drop-Off).


Gate 1: Public Waste Drop-off

The following fees come into effect in January 2020

Item Fee (Minimum fee $10)
Mixed waste (including organics bags and garbage bags) $86 per metric tonne
Appliances requiring refrigerant / CFC pumpdown (e.g. air conditioner, fridge, freezer, de-humidifier, water cooler) $20  per item (HST included)
Clean fill including stones, sod and topsoil $86 per metric tonne
Concrete, brick, rubble, toilets $71 per metric tonne
Drywall $83 per metric tonne
Shingles (Asphalt) $86  metric tonne
Tires  As of January 1, 2019, registered retailers and other businesses will collect used tires. The City will no longer be funded for collecting used tires and will no longer collect them as of January 1, 2019. Find out where you can drop off your used tires.
Wood waste (clean wood) $81  metric tonne
Yard waste and brush (commercial) $86 per metric tonne
Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Registered Gross Weight measurement $20 per measurement (HST included)
Safety vests (for commercial haulers) $10 per vest (HST included)

Important note: Mixed loads of the above materials, will be charged $86 per tonne unless you queue and weigh in and out for each material type. Please note the scale rounds to the nearest 5 kilograms (kg) and the total fee is rounded to the nearest dollar. Fees subject to change.

Administrative Office purchases

Item Fee
Composter $45 + HST.
Extra Large Cart (360 litres) $84
Large Cart (240 litres) $76
Medium Cart (120 litres) $60

Cart purchase includes delivery fee.

Want to reduce your drop-off fees?

Check out the Waste Wizard to find local businesses and organizations that offer take-back programs for items that can be reused or recycled, including furniture, appliances and electronics.

Be a good sort and use Guelph’s weekly three-stream curbside collection. Remember green for organics, blue for recycling and grey for landfill. Filling up your waste bins too fast? Consider exchanging for a larger grey cart or blue cart. The more waste you set out at the curb the less you have to take to the Public Drop-Off.

Don’t make the trip with just one bag. Save money on fuel and waste disposal fees, wait until you have a few bags or a full load before heading over to the Public Drop-Off.

For more information

Solid Waste Resources 519-767-0598
TTY: 519-826-9771

Gate 3: Recycling Zone including Household Hazardous Waste Depot

Item Fee
Blue cart recyclables: mixed paper, cardboard, food and beverage containers including glass, plastic, steel, aluminum Free
Cardboard Free
Electronic waste (residential and commercial including TVs and monitors) Free
Household Hazardous Waste
Maximum daily drop-off limits:

  • 10 long fluorescent bulbs
  • 80 litres or kilograms based on container size (maximum container size of 20 litres)
  • 4 propane tanks (maximum container size of 20 pounds)
Prescription eyeglasses Free
Reusable boots, shoes and insoles Free
Textiles (gently used clothing, shoes and boots, purses and bags, belts and ties, blankets, sheets and pillows, towels, sleeping bags, draperies and curtains, plastic and stuff toys, yarn and materials) Free
Scrap metal Free
Yard waste (residential) Free
Shredded paper and confidential documents
(Documents can be shredded on-site)
Electrical cords Free
Christmas lights Free

For more information

Solid Waste Resources 519-767-0598
TTY: 519-826-9771

Bike Reuse Program

The ReCycle Bike Reuse Program encourages Guelph residents to drop off their unwanted, usable bikes. In turn, the program diverts bikes of all different shapes, sizes, colours and conditions from the landfill.

Residents can pickup a maximum of two bicycles per year and are required to sign a waiver. The inventory of bicycles may vary. Bicycles are available to residents year-round, free of charge.

Learn more about the Bike Reuse Program

For more information

Solid Waste Resources 519-767-0598
TTY: 519-826-9771