We provide garbage and recycling services for residents in Saugeen Shores.

Learn more about bag tags, recycling, and our landfill.

Check out our interactive Garbage and Recycling App to find your garbage and recycling days.

Garbage collection

We contract our garbage collection service to Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling. For concerns about garbage collection, or for more information, visit their website or call 519-797-5557.

Garbage collection schedule and routes

View our Garbage Collection Maps to find out when you should have your garbage ready for pickup at your curb. You can also pick up a copy of our Saugeen Shores Calendar at our municipal office.

Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling will pick up garbage on all statutory holidays, except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please continue to place your garbage curbside by the normal 7:00 a.m. time on all remaining holidays. If you miss this time, drivers won't return to pick up missed garbage.

Household garbage requirements

All household garbage must be:

  • At your curb by 7:00 a.m.
  • Bagged and placed in acceptable garbage containers that are protected from rodents, animals, insects and birds
  • No heavier than 11 kg (or 25 lbs) per bag/container
  • Free of hazardous waste or construction waste
  • Free of animal waste or ashes
  • Affixed with a bag tag
  • Clearly visible to drivers and pedestrians, and not hidden behind a vehicle, snow bank or other obstruction

 

If you use a large garbage collection box at your property, you must follow our Garbage Box Requirements.

Recycling collection and programs

View our recycling and composting information to learn what you can recycle, how to recycle and Saugeen Shores' blue box schedule.

We are committed to diverting waste to proper collection locations in order to minimize the waste's impacts to the environment.

Cardboard recycling

You can find cardboard recycling depots at these locations:

  • Port Elgin Sewage Treatment Plant (Lehnen Street)
  • Public Works Garage (Concession 6 at Guyers Drive)
  • Southampton Landfill (Concession 14)

Film plastics

Recycling of film plastics is coming soon to Saugeen Shores! Stay tuned for more details.

Fluorescent bulb recycling

You can drop off expired fluorescent bulbs and tubes at the Southampton Landfill. These items are taken to a facility that discards mercury and other hazardous chemicals properly.

Propane tank recycling

You can drop off your empty propane tanks at the Southampton Landfill, where they are recycled properly.

Battery recycling

You can drop off household batteries at the Southampton Landfill, municipal office or at the Public Libraries in Port Elgin and Southampton. The batteries are then taken to a disposal facility.

Mattress and box spring recycling

You can drop off your mattresses and box springs at the Southampton Landfill, with a fee of $20.00 per mattress.

Tire recycling

You can bring off-rim and clean tires to the Southampton Landfill at no cost.

Recycling of cooling units

We will accept Freon units, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water coolers and dehumidifiers at the Southampton Landfill, only if they have been certified and tagged as "Freon Free."

Recycling of fire extinguishers, thermostats, barometers and smoke detectors

We accept items that contain mercury at the Southampton Landfill, such as:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Thermostats
  • Barometers
  • Smoke detectors

Electronic waste

View our procedures on recycling electronic waste.

Compost programs

We have composters and solar digesters available to purchase at cost. Composting organics helps reduce these materials from ending up in landfills while also improves garden nutrients at home.

Composters are $40 each and Green Cone solar digesters are $130.

 How to buy

  1. Pre-pay for composter or Green Cone by visiting the Municipal Office, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin.

  2. Arrange a time to pick up composter/Green Cone.

  3. Go to Southampton Works Yard, 429 Peel Street, Southampton at indicated time.

  4. Check in with staff to pick up composter/Green Cone.

  5. For the Green Cone, follow installation and usage instructions (below).

 Green Cone Solar Digester Manual

View or download an electronic copy of the Green Cone manual, with information on assembly, installation, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting. Print copies are available at the Municipal Office, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin.