In an effort to continue Guelph’s long history of forward thinking waste and recycling management, the city is pleased to now be offering waste bins at strategic locations throughout the city to offer a separate bin for Nickleback albums.

The neon green bins (as seen above) will be available for Nickleback drop off between April 1st and Oct 1st, 2015. Locations are City Hall on Carden St., the West End Centre & the city waste resource centre.

“This pilot project will continue to help in our diversion rate from landfill” said Mayor Guthrie. “Too often we found that there was an enormous amount of Nickleback albums being sent to landfill. Yet when we found out the that the city of Owen Sound, home of the OHL team the Attack, loves to listen to Nickleback songs every hour of everyday, we knew Guelph residents would do the right thing by recycling them to send to Owen Sound.”

Manager of Waste services hailed the pilot project as “another win for our city”. “This initiative will create efficiencies within our department. Sometimes our staff would listen to Nickleback and then start arguing amongst themselves if they were listening to the same song on repeat. One employee saying its a different song from a different album but another employee would passionately debate that the song is from a different album all together. It was getting out of control.” 

It is expected with the removal of these albums it will increase productivity and bring employee wellness to new heights.

For further information please contact Mayor Guthrie.

Let’s Clean Up Our City!


I hope to see everyone out for the upcoming #Guelph Clean & Green community event on Saturday April 25th. Please take the time to register!

Residents have until Friday, April 17 to register for this year’s Clean and Green Community Cleanup. Volunteers can register by calling the Operations Department at 519-837-5628 extension 3305 or going online to

The City of Guelph, together with Tim Horton’s, Guelph & Wellington Development Association, Terra View Homes, Guelph Downtown Business Association, Zehrs Markets and M&M Meat Shops are hosting the city-wide cleanup to help remove unsightly litter from our community.

The cleanup takes place Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Clean-up crews will be picking up litter along predetermined roadways, boulevards, parks and trails that need a spring cleaning.

Clean-up crews will be provided with supplies and instructions for collecting litter safely.

All volunteers will be invited to attend an appreciation barbecue following the event.

The Clean and Green event is one of Guelph’s largest community environmental clean-up events.  Last year, over 4,000 kilograms of garbage was removed from neighbourhood streets, green spaces and community parks by more than 850 volunteers. That work helped to ensure more enjoyable common spaces for everyone.




 It’s on!


I have another reason to be cheering for the Guelph Storm as they begin their first round playoff series against the Owen Sound Attack. I just made a friendly wager with Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy. If Guelph wins the series, Mayor Boddy will wear a Storm jersey at their next Council meeting and – as a bonus – he’ll throw in a case of beer from Owen Sound microbrewery Kilannan Brewing Company.


If the unthinkable happens and it goes the other way, I will have to wear an Attack jersey to Council and send him a case of beer from Guelph’s Royal City Brewing Co.  


Good luck tonight @Storm_City!


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My family and I are attending the H2O Go Festival @DowntownGuelph at noon today! 

Last year my wife & I were walking downtown for a completely different purpose and we stumbled upon the festival and took the time to look at all the booths, speak to the vendors and take in the information about celebrating our local water. It was really good and informative. And it was packed! A lot of people were there! I expect this year to be no different. 

So come to our great downtown today. Take some time to walk through Old Quebec Street Mall and see what the festival has to offer. 

After you’re done – don’t stop there. Keep exploring our downtown because it’s getting better and better all the time!