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2015 Community Calendar

The 2015 Community Information and Waste Reduction Calendar was delivered to all Barrie residents via Canada Post admail in December 2014Download or read it online.

Copies of the 2015 calendar are available for pickup at the following locations:

Art Contest:
2016 Community Information & Waste Reduction Calendar

Calling all artists! This contest presents a unique opportunity to reach over 140,000 Barrie residents, taking what is generally considered an “ugly” subject and representing it in a unique light. Your artwork can help promote waste diversion and encourage fellow residents to consider their environmental impact on the community.

Winning entrants will have their artwork distributed, via Canada Post admail, to all Barrie residents. In addition to having credited artwork distributed directly to Barrie households, the winning recipients (13 in total) will each receive a $100 gift certificate to Barrie Theatres.

Submitted artwork should be associated with one or more of the below themes and adhere to all guidelines. The information below may help inspire creativity and ensure accuracy in depiction of subject. Submission deadline: Friday, August 28, 2015

Calendar/Artwork Themes
Garbage Collection (January)

Barrie households receive two bags or two cans of garbage pickup every OTHER week; organics and recycling are picked up every week. Limits:

  • Limit of two standard size garbage bags or cans per single family dwelling every OTHER week
  • Additional bags/cans that exceed the bag limit must have a City of Barrie garbage tag affixed either around the neck of the bag or on the garbage in the can, not on the can itself. For a list of garbage tag retailers visit www.barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection
  • Cans must have open handles & be designed to be manually lifted
  • Bags/cans must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) and 125 litre capacity
  • Loose items & items that do not fit in a standard size garbage bag or can will not be collected
  • For safety reasons, please wrap sharp objects (i.e. glass or nails) in protective material such as newsprint and label garbage that contain safety hazards.
  • Syringes and needles must be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
  • Items must be placed curbside by 7am on your collection day.

Note: Every-other-week garbage collection does not include multi-residential properties or businesses that utilize private waste collection services. Businesses have separate garbage and recycling limits from residents.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot (February)

Location and hours:
Barrie Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Dr. N.
Open Saturday from 9am – 4pm
FREE for Barrie & Simcoe County residents

Acceptable hazardous waste:

  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Cosmetics
  • Drain & oven cleaners
  • Fluorescent lights (including compact bulbs)
  • Gasoline
  • Glues
  • Oil
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Propane tanks
  • Sharps (needles & syringes, must be in rigid containers)
Waste Diversion at the Landfill (March)

Electronics recycling
Recycle your old electronics for free at the Barrie Landfill. Visit recycleyourelectronics.ca for alternate local drop-off locations.

Used tires
Off-the-rim tires are accepted free of charge at the Landfill for recycling. Tires on the rim have a charge associated with them. Bicycle tires are not accepted. Visit rethinktires.ca for alternative local drop off locations.

CFC refrigerant removal
See November for details on CFC removal at the Landfill.

Carpets and Mattresses
Carpets, mattresses and box-springs are accepted at the Landfill (regular tipping fees apply) for recycling. 98% of a mattress is able to be recycled.

And more
Scrap metal, clean cardboard, textiles & blue/grey box recyclables are accepted for recycling free of charge. See February for details on household hazardous waste.

Visit www.barrie.ca/landfill for rates and fees.

Keeping Barrie Beautiful (April)

Spring into Clean
Help keep Barrie clean and beautiful. Volunteer to clean up your school, a park, green space, block, or trail. This annual project is designed to clean-up our community, while raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility through active participation in one of four “Spring Into Clean” events. Visit www.barrie.ca/SpringIntoClean for dates and registration.

Communities in Bloom
The City of Barrie has participated in the Communities in Bloom program for the past 17 years. We have received consecutive 5-bloom rankings, the highest bloom ranking possible. The City of Barrie invites all citizens, commercial & industrial businesses to include their projects, small or large, to help Barrie be number one in this competition

Recycling (May)

Separate your materials into 2 boxes:

CONTAINERS, BLUE BOX PAPER, GREY BOX
  • Rigid plastic packaging/containers #1-#7 (includes styrene trays & lids)
  • Food & beverage cans
  • Aluminum trays, pie plates & foil
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Tetra Pak boxes, juices & milk cartons
  • Styrofoam packaging (must fit inside recycling cart; no Styrofoam peanuts)
  • Spiral cardboard cans
  • Plastic retail and grocery bags
  • Empty aerosol cans, and empty dry, paint cans
  • Boxboard & egg cartons
  • Newspaper & household papers
  • Telephone books, paperback books & magazines
  • Cardboard (flattened 75cm x 75cm x 20cm)
  • Hardcover books (covers removed)

All container items must be “packaging” (i.e. no toys, laundry baskets, hangers, etc.). Please no coffee cups or plastic wrap, motor oil or pesticide containers. Aerosol and paint cans that are not empty should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. See February for more information. Items must be placed curbside by 7am on your collection day.

Need a recycling box?
For delivery call 705-739-4219. Bins may also be picked up at the Landfill, 272 Ferndale Dr. N., Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, and at City of Barrie Community Centres during hours of operation.

 
Public Space & Special Events Recycling (June)

The City has installed a number of recycling and garbage containers throughout the community in public spaces such as beaches, parks and along the lakeshore. While participating in Barrie’s special events, shopping downtown or enjoying Barrie’s beautiful parks, please remember to use the recycling bins to recycle your beverage containers.

Please ensure that your materials are placed in the appropriate slots/bins, and that items do not get stuck in bin openings. Do not place items such as coffee cups, dog waste and diapers in public space recycling bins. These items contaminate the recyclables causing the entire contents of the bin to be disposed of as garbage.

Composting (July)

Residents can purchase backyard composters at the Barrie Landfill, 272 Ferndale Dr. N., Tuesday to Saturday from 9am-4pm. Quantities are limited. Homegrown compost generated from Barrie’s leaf and yard waste is for sale at the Landfill. Compost rates are listed on our website. Large quantities are available to businesses.

Your green bin and composting – what’s the connection?
Organics are transported to a specially designed processing facility where microscopic bacteria digest the blended material and the result is rich and valuable compost. Proper separation of the organic materials by residents increases waste diversion and helps create high quality finished compost.

 
Organics (August)

Acceptable items:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Meat & bones
  • Dairy products & eggs
  • Breads & grains
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Wet & soiled paper
  • Pumpkins & garden fruit tree waste

Unacceptable items:

  • Diapers
  • Plastic bags & film plastic
  • Pet waste
  • Leaf & yard waste

Must be placed curbside by 7am on your collection day.

Acceptable liners:

For delivery of a green bin call 705-739-4219. Bins may also be picked up at the Landfill, 272 Ferndale Dr. N., Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, and at City of Barrie Community Centres during hours of operation.

Sewer Systems (September)

Sanitary sewer
The sanitary sewer system transports sewage from homes & businesses to the Wastewater Treatment Facility. The sewage is treated at the facility & the clean water is sent into Kempenfelt Bay.

To maintain a properly functioning system, the following materials CANNOT be disposed of down sinks & toilets:

  • Any plastic materials
  • Baby wipes & personal wipes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Pet waste
  • Disposable diapers
  • Hair from brushes or combs
  • Kitchen grease
  • Newspapers, rags or cloth
  • Oil, fuels & other hazardous materials
  • Sanitary napkins or plastic tampon applicators
  • Sump pump water

Storm sewer
The municipal storm sewer system collects rainwater & surface water runoff from roads, lawns & parking lots. It is discharged into neighbouring creeks and catch basins, then into Kempenfelt Bay. Since the water is NOT treated, it is important that waste materials (including, but not limited to, yard waste & hazardous waste) are NOT disposed of into catch basins or creeks.

Yard Waste Collection (October)

Acceptable items: 

  • Grass clippings & yard waste
  • Leaves, brush, tree trimmings (Bundles must be no longer than 1.8m in length, 0.3m in diameter and weigh no more than 20kgs (45lbs).
  • Christmas trees must be no longer than 1.8m in length (no ornaments or tree stands)

Unacceptable items:

  • Kitchen waste
  • Milled lumber
  • Sod, dirt or soil
  • Unbundled brush & tree limbs
  • Plastic packaging/containers

Acceptable containers:

  • Bushel baskets & burlap bags
  • Garbage cans (leave lids off)
  • Cardboard boxes (leave tops open)
  • Paper leaf & yard waste bags

Yard waste placed in recycling boxes, green bin or plastic bags will not be collected.

Residents are reminded not to place any plastic items in their yard waste (i.e. plastic flower pots, plastic soil or peat bags). Plastic contaminates the yard waste and prevents it from becoming high quality compost.

Items must be placed curbside by 7am on your collection day.

Barrie Landfill & Environmental Centre (November)

Note: Access to the landfill is limited. Please call 705-739-4220 x5815 for any assistance.

Location & hours

Barrie Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Dr. N.
Landfill open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Recycling Boxes & Green Bin Pickup Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Services:

  • Waste disposal
  • Household Hazardous Waste Depot (see February for details)
  • Recycling box & green bin distribution (see May and August for details)
  • Composters & compost for sale (see May and July for details)
  • Leaf and yard waste drop-off • Recycling drop-off
  • Waste diversion opportunities (see March for details)
  • Garbage tags for sale

CFC refrigerant removal: Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, water coolers & dehumidifiers can be decommissioned & certified CFC-Free.

Diaper Disposal: Residents can dispose of a maximum of 2 clear bags of diapers at the landfill (maximum weight: 20kgs/bag) from May 1 to October 31 annually at no charge. Bags must consist solely of diapers.

Rules & rates

  • All license places must be visible
  • Landfill access is prohibited without proof of residency (photo I.D).
  • Waste generated outside the City of Barrie is not accepted.
  • A minimum charge may apply

Visit www.barrie.ca/landfill for rates and fees.

Multi-residential Recycling Program (December)

Containers, Blue Cart:

  • Rigid plastic packaging /containers #1-#7 (includes styrene trays & lids)
  • Food & beverage cans
  • Aluminum trays, pie plates & foil
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Tetra Pak boxes, juices & milk cartons
  • Styrofoam packaging (must fit inside recycling cart; no Styrofoam peanuts)
  • Spiral cardboard cans
  • Plastic retail and grocery bags
  • Empty aerosol cans, and empty dry, paint cans

All container items must be “packaging” (i.e. no toys, laundry baskets, hangers, etc.). Please no coffee cups or plastic wrap.

Paper, Grey Cart:

  • Newspaper & household papers
  • Boxboard & egg cartons
  • Magazines, telephone books & paperback books
  • Cardboard (flattened 75cm x 75cm x 20cm)
  • Hardcover books (covers removed)

To request more recycling carts, “in-unit” bins, stickers or literature, contact your site superintendent or property manager.

Associated months may change prior to publication.

Guidelines, Rules, & Conditions

  1. This contest is open to all residents of the City of Barrie.
  2. The subject (art) should be suitable for use within the City’s community calendar and should depict one or more of the themes outlined above. 
  3. More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by a signed entry form.
  4. Entry may be a watercolour painting, oil painting, pen and ink drawing, photograph, pencil sketch, computer-generated, etc.
  5. For consistent use within the calendar, submitted artwork must be 1:1 ratio (minimum 6 inches by 6 inches). This allows room for community information and full credit line to be consistently displayed on each page.
  6. The winning entrants must agree to allow:
    • Credit line to appear in calendar (as per information provided on page 1 of the entry form).
    • Art to become the property of the City. All copyright is transferred to the City of Barrie.
    • Name and reproduction of winning entries to be published in the media.
    • Original art to be displayed in a City facility.
  7. In addition to having their credited artwork distributed directly (via Canada Post admail) to all Barrie households, the 13 winning entrants will each receive a $100 gift certificate to Barrie Theatres.
  8. All entries to be judged by a panel, including staff from Access Barrie (2), the Department of Culture (1), and Environmental Services (2). 
  9. Official entry forms are available online, from Access Barrie (2nd floor City Hall, 70 Collier Street) and the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North). Finished art should be submitted in person to the Access Barrie office. 
  10. The City of Barrie will not be held responsible for loss or damage to artwork submitted. 
  11. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday August 28, 2015 at 4:30pm 

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