Garbage & Recycling

Image of garbage removal from a park.

Halton Blue Box, GreenCart and garbage collection

Halton Region provides reduce, reuse, recycle programs to help residents manage their household waste.  

Once a week, Halton Region collects Blue Box recycling and GreenCart organics. Garbage is collected every other week. Halton also promotes reuse centres and Take it Back programs.  

Use Halton's Waste Collection Calendar Tool to confirm your next waste collection day, sign up for weekly reminders or add a schedule to your personal calendar. The tool can also provide email, Twitter and phone call reminders a day ahead or the same day as your pickup day.

You can also use Halton's Put Waste In Its Place online tool — enter an item you are unsure what to do with and it will tell you how to reuse, recycle or dispose of it properly.

For more information about Halton Region's waste management programs, access Halton by dialing 311 or visit the Halton Region waste page.

Report a Problem

ServiceOakville has added an online Report a Problem tool for service requests for non-emergency issues such as park and residential garbage, roadside dumping and littering. Access the Report a Problem tool.

New Garbage Tag program

Halton Region has made changes to waste collection service.

As of April 1, 2013, residents may place out:

  • 3 bags/cans of garbage with no tags, plus
  • 3 bags/cans of garbage or less, with tags  

Residents must attach a tag to each bag in excess of the three bag limit. Tags cost $2 each and all bags over the three bag/can limit must have a tag attached. Tags are available in Oakville at the following locations:

  • Town Hall
  • Iroquois Ridge Community Centre
  • Glen Abbey Community Centre
  • River Oaks Community Centre
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
  • Oakville Public Library, Central Branch
  • Halton Regional Centre
  • Home Hardware, 511 Maple Grove Drive 

For more information, visit the Halton Region website.

How is the Town of Oakville moving Towards Zero Waste?

Corporate program

Adopted in 2009 the town's Towards Zero Waste Procedure (pdf, 3 MB) and Work Plan (pdf, 455 kB) lays the foundation for town staff to adopt practices that will lead to a decrease in the town's contribution to the Halton landfill and an increase waste diversion across the corporation. The town's Towards Zero Waste User Guide (pdf, 5.9 MB) outlines programs and initiatives have been implemented corporate wide to help achieve these goals.

In 2010, town staff completed the Ministry of the Environment regulated audits and submitted the Waste Audit and Work Plan Compliance Report (pdf, 233 kB) to Council. 

In 2012, the Town of Oakville was awarded with a Gold Ontario Waste Minimization Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO). The gold Ontario Waste Minimization Award was given to the Town of Oakville in three categories:

  • Municipal Diversion — for the town’s successful implementation of waste diversion programs at town facilities that have helped employees achieve an average of 70 per cent waste diversion rate.
  • Municipal Communications — for the innovative communication tools such as an internal website and employee newsletter and social media, as well as outreach programs to engage employees and residents about waste diversion.
  • Municipal Unique Program — After beginning in 2009, the Towards Zero Waste procedure has helped to the town to achieve waste reduction and diversion goals. 

Community program

Hosting an event in one of our parks or facilities? The towns' Special Event's User Guide provides you with all the tools needed to host a Towards Zero Waste event.

Oakville's amended litter by-law was updated in 2010 to strengthen the town's commitment of moving towards zero waste. To support this updated by-law town staff have been working to implement public space waste diversion initiatives at:

  • all town owned facilities
  • highest use sports fields and trails
  • transit stops
  • both natural harbours as part of our Clean Marine commitment

Want to get involved? Parks and Open Space's Adopt-A-Park, Trail or Green Space programs can provide you with that opportunity.

Battery and cell phone collection sites

  • Glen Abbey Community Centre, 1415 Third Line
  • Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road
  • Home Depot, 99 Cross Avenue
  • Home Depot, 3300 South Service Road West
  • Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, 1051 Glenashton Drive
  • Oakville Public Library Central Branch, 120 Navy Street
  • Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road
  • RONA, 2311 Royal Windsor Drive
  • RONA Lansing, 399 Speers Road
  • Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, 3070 Neyagawa Road
  • Staples Business Depot, 320 North Service Road West
  • Staples Business Depot, 2460 Winston Churchill Boulevard
  • The Bay, Oakville Place, 240 Leighland Avenue * rechargeable only
  • Zellers, Hopedale Plaza, 1455 Rebecca Street * rechargeable only

New to Oakville?

Stop by Halton Region (1151 Bronte Road) or ServiceOakville at Town Hall to pick-up your green organic and blue recycling collection bins.

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