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New plastic film recycling pilot program at Transfer Station

Posted on Thursday September 03, 2020

The County of Oxford is implementing a pilot project where residents can drop off film plastic at the Tillsonburg Transfer Station, and two other locations in the County. The pilot program aims to determine how much film plastic can be generated and ultimately diverted from the landfill.

Like many municipalities, Oxford County no longer accepts plastic film as part of the municipal Blue Box Program. Film plastic damages mechanical recyclable processing equipment and can easily contaminate other recyclables leading to added waste in the landfill.

Program Details

  • Tillsonburg Transfer Station will begin accepting material September 1, 2020
  • There is no charge for clean material brought in

Material Requirements

  • Only #2 and #4 film plastic accepted
  • Must be clean, dry, and bags must be empty
  • Remove all food residue, Styrofoam, paper and receipts, stickers and rigid plastic
  • Avoid loose film, please bundle if possible (bundle to prevent material blowing around in the container)

Accepted at the Transfer Station

  • Grocery bags
  • Ziploc bags (remove Ziploc from bag)
  • Over-wrap (i.e. water bottle cases, paper towels, etc.)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Bread bags
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Newspaper bags
  • Air pillow film used for packaging
  • Empty garbage bags
  • Milk bags


Not accepted

  • Chip bags
  • Grape bags
  • Netting used for oranges or onions
  • Food wrappers (i.e. candy wrappers, food bags, etc.)
  • Pet food & treat bags
  • Food pouches
  • Cheese slice packaging
  • Pop up pouch (i.e. wipes)
  • Salt bags
  • Cling wrap
  • Tarps
  • Cereal/food insert bags
  • Biodegradable plastic