How to be a good sort this holiday season

Over the holidays, Canadians produce 25 per cent more waste than we normally do. Be a good sort over the holidays by reducing and sorting your garbage properly.

Proper sorting reduces the amount of garbage sent to landfill and helps protect the environment and the people who manage your waste.

  • In your blue cart: wrapping paper, paper tubes, gift bags (not coated in plastic with handles removed), tissue paper and cards.
  • In your green cart: poinsettias, natural greenery and food scraps including bones, solidified fat and grease. Don’t pour fats, oils or grease down your drains. Use paper towel or newspaper to wipe it up and toss it in your green cart. Drop off large amounts (free of charge) at the public drop off at 110 Dunlop Drive.
  • In your grey cart: ribbons, bows, foil wrapping paper, gift bags (coated in plastic), plastic wrap, bubble wrap and wood fruit crates.
  • Bring old electronics, broken strands of lights and electrical cords to the public waste drop-off (free of charge), or find local e-waste drop off locations by visiting

Download the Guelph Waste app or use the Waste Wizard if you’re unsure what cart something goes in.

Tips for reducing your waste

  • Bring reusable bags with you when shopping for holiday gifts.
  • Get creative with your gift wrap by reusing old wrapping materials or newspaper. Try to avoid using plastic, foil or glittery gift wrap – it can’t be recycled and goes straight to landfill.
  • Choose electronic greeting cards over paper cards.
  • Send leftovers home with family to reduce food waste.
  • Gift experiences, memberships, or gift cards over things.
  • Buy local, shop thrift or make homemade gifts.

Getting rid of your tree

You have two options for getting rid of your tree:

  1. Get it picked up at the curb. Register for Trees for Tots by January 6 with a $10 donation to the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. Volunteers will collect trees on January 9.
  2. Bring it to the public waste drop-off at 110 Dunlop Drive. Starting January 1, there will be a $10 charge for dropping off yard waste, including trees.

Garbage collection schedule changes

Put your carts out one day later if your garbage collection day falls on December 25 or January 1. Carts still must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day. You can put your carts out any time after 5 p.m. the evening before.

You can sign up for collection day reminders by downloading the Guelph Waste App or through the online Waste Wizard.

You can view public waste drop-off and other City facility holiday hours by visiting

For more information

Solid Waste Resources
519-767-0598 extension
[email protected]