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Curbside Collection

Garbage, Organics and Recycling receive curbside collection as per Barrie's collection schedule. Curbside Yard Waste collection occurs during selected months. To ensure collection, please place materials curbside by 7am on your day.

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Curbside Collection Notices

Every-other-week Yard Waste Collection: July & August
Yard waste is collected every other week opposite your garbage collection week during the months of July and August.

The Importance of 7am to Curbside Collection
The City reminds residents to ensure materials are curbside by 7am for collection. Collectors complete routes between 7am and 6pm; however, routing changes that could affect collection times can often occur for a number of reasons, including weather, road closures and vehicle breakdowns. If items are not curbside by 7am the City cannot guarantee they will be collected.

General Curbside Collection FAQs
What is my collection day?

Residents have a regularly scheduled collection day and area (area A or B). The area indicates which weeks your yard waste is collected for the bi-weekly collection months (July, August, December), and starting January 12, 2015, will also indicate your garbage collection day. Ways to determine your collection schedule:

Why did the City change to every-other-week garbage collection?

Every-other-week garbage collection was approved by Council on September 30, 2013, under Motion 13-G-233.

Effective January 12, 2015, Barrie households serviced under the City of Barrie municipal curbside collection program received two-bag or two-can garbage pickup every other week; unlimited organics and recycling continue to be picked up weekly. Residents were encouraged to rethink waste.

The changes to waste collection represented a service change, not a decrease. In January 2015, the City continued to collect the same amount of garbage bags overall, but on an every-other-week basis instead of weekly. However, the change encouraged residents to better sort their materials, thereby reducing the amount of garbage previously set curbside:

A comparison of 2015 to 2014 revealed a 52% increase in curbside organics tonnages; 16% decrease in curbside garbage tonnages; and 3% increase in curbside recycling tonnages. Stats based on tonnage tracking at the landfill and reported diversion data from the collection contractor.

The changes to curbside collection were part of Barrie’s Sustainable Waste Management Strategy, an action plan for effective, efficient and responsible change to our waste collection, diversion and disposal systems over a 20-year period.

The Barrie Landfill has a finite amount of available space for disposal of municipal solid waste. Currently, it is expected to last until 2035. After that, we will need to find a new locations and/or methods to dispose of our garbage—and this will be expensive. The cost of closing the Barrie Landfill is currently estimated at over $6.5 million and the annual associated site maintenance is approximately $500,000/year for the first 25 years. Landfills are typically monitored for 50 years after closure.

In 2013, 70% of eligible Barrie households did not participate in the organics program. The aim of every-other-week garbage pickup, while continuing to pick up organics and recycling weekly, was to encourage more people to use their green bin, thereby diverting more waste from our landfill. It is the financially and environmentally responsible thing to do as Barrie continues to work towards sustainable growth.

How can I confirm if an item can be diverted to recycling or organics?

If you're not sure how to dispose of an item, look it up with our online tool: barrie.ca/WhereDoesItGo.

What holidays affect the curbside collection schedule? 

Normal curbside collection occurs on Remembrance Day, Easter Monday and Boxing Day. All other holidays affect the collection schedule; updates are posted on this page and communicated via This Week in Barrie, Facebook, and Twitter. Dates are also indicated within the Community Information and Waste Reduction Calendar.

What time do I need to have my materials curbside?

Please ensure your materials are curbside by 7am for collection.

Collectors are permitted to complete their routes between 7am and 6pm. Routing changes, which could affect collection times, can occur for a number of reasons such as weather, road closures and vehicle breakdowns. Placing materials curbside by 7am each day helps ensure collection.

Are there any special considerations during winter months?

Please note the following considerations for winter months:

  • Please place your collection materials in a visible location at the end of your driveway on the right side (when facing the street) ensuring that the materials are placed well out of the path of snow removal equipment.
  • If prior to collection, the collection materials are hit by snow removal equipment and the contents are spilled, it is the responsibility of the resident to clean up the materials. Blue and grey boxes and organics bins that are damaged due to snow removal equipment can be replaced by calling 739-4219.
  • Should it snow or if snow removal equipment covers collection materials after they have been placed out for collection, it is the responsibility of the resident to remove the snow from their materials so they are accessible and visible to the collector.
  • Consideration must be given to the health and safety of the collectors at all times regarding ease of collection/lift and accessibility. Materials placed on a snow bank presents an unsafe, awkward reach for the collector and will not be collected. However, materials placed at the collector’s knee height (approximately 2 ft) are generally safe to collect. 
  • Try to keep your recycling boxes, organics bin and garbage can in a dry area throughout the week so that materials do not freeze to the bottom or sides of the containers, and so that they are safe from snow build up.
  • Materials frozen to the recycling, organics or garbage containers may not be emptied. The collectors are required to lightly tap the containers to loosen material however; there is a risk of damaging the containers if aggressive force is used in removing remaining materials. Lining you organics bin with a fibre (e.g. paper) liner will help to prevent the contents from freezing to the bin.
  • Christmas trees are collected weekly during the month of January on the regular waste collection day. Please ensure that trees are free of plastic wrap and decorations and are visible at the end of the driveway. Trees must not exceed 1.8m or 6ft in length. If it snows or snow removal equipment buries the tree after the tree has been placed out for collection, it is the responsibility of the resident to remove the snow so the tree is visible to the collector.
Can I place batteries in my curbside collection materials?

No, batteries are hazardous waste and need to go through separate facilities for recycling. Bring unwanted batteries to the City of Barrie’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot, 272 Ferndale Drive North, open Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

For alternative drop off locations for rechargeable batteries visit http://www.call2recycle.ca For alternative  drop off locations for single-use/non-rechargeable batteries visit: http://www.makethedrop.ca/

Recycling Collection FAQs
What is the blue and grey box recycling program?

The City currently provides an extensive curbside recycling program for both businesses and residents. Recyclables should be separated into two separate boxes based on the type of material. Residents and businesses are to place their blue and grey recycling boxes at curbside on their regular collection day by 7:00 a.m. There is no limit on the number of recycling boxes that Barrie residents are permitted to set out for collection; however, businesses are limited to four blue boxes, one grey box and five bundles of cardboard (75cmx75cmx20cms) per week.

Is there a limit to the amount of recycling collected?

Residential households receive unlimited collection of organics bins and recycling boxes every week. Organics bins must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per bin when placed out for collection.

What happens to the recyclables?

The recyclables are taken to an offsite material recovery facility where they are separated and sent to various recycling markets. The materials are then transformed into products that are used in every day activities. Examples of these transformations are provided below:

Original Material Transformed Into
Newspaper Cracker Box
Corrugated Cardboard Box Paper Tubes
Empty Aluminum Juice or Pop Can Full Aluminum Juice or Pop Can
Glass Bottle or Jar New glass jars and bottles
Drinking Box Toilet Paper
 Juice Bottle or Pop Bottle Fleece Outerwear
 Vitamin Bottle Plastic Lumber
Yogurt Cup Ice Scraper
Meat Tray CD Case
Why do I need two recycling boxes?

The City of Barrie has a two stream recycling program where paper products are collected and processed separately from glass, plastic and metal containers. Mixing these materials together contaminates the recyclables for the end market, resulting in more waste and less valuable recycling.

Please separate your recyclables into 2 boxes (paper materials into one box, and container recyclables into the second box); OR grey box for paper recyclables, and blue box for container recyclables. Boxes that are not properly sorted will not be collected.

What is the proper blue/grey box placement?

To prevent debris from blowing out of your paper recycling box please place the recycling box with your containers on top of it. Place lighter items such as shredded paper inside cardboard items or at the bottom of your box to prevent them from blowing out.

Where do I get a recycling box?

Please call 705-739-4219 for delivery of green bins or recycling boxes. Barrie residents can also pick up green bins and recycling boxes at:

  • Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Drive North
    Monday to Friday from 8:30am–4:30pm
  • East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone Street East
    During operating hours
  • Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue
    During operating hours
  • Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Drive
    During operating hours

Damaged boxes can be returned to the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North) where they are recycled free of charge.

Barrie Residents

  • Photo identification proving Barrie residency must be provided to office staff prior to issuance of boxes
  • A maximum of two boxes given per visit to the Environmental Centre
  • Any combination of blue and grey
  • Sign-out form to be completed

Barrie Businesses

  • A maximum of four blue boxes and one grey box permitted at the curb
  • A private hauler must be used for any surplus over what is allowed at the curb
  • Sign-out form to be completed
What do I do with damaged recycling boxes?

Damaged boxes can be returned to the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North) where they are recycled free of charge.

What are acceptable recycling materials?

Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.

Acceptable items for blue containers box:

  • Empty aerosol cans. Remove the lid and dispensing nozzle (if possible) from the empty can before placing in your Blue Box. Aerosol cans that are not empty must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
  • Empty, dry paint cans. Remove the lid to allow the remaining paint to dry and place both the can and lid in your Blue Box. Can sizes are limited to 4 litres and under. Paint cans that are not empty must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
  • Plastic retail and grocery bags. Bags must be clean and empty. Remove any receipts or materials from the bags, put all bags inside of one bag and then tie shut before placing in your Blue Box.  Do the stretch test, if the plastic stretches when you pull on it, it's acceptable in the blue box. Plastic (clingy/film) wrap is not acceptable.
  • Aluminum trays, pie plates and clean aluminum foil
  • Tetra Pak boxes Juice and milk cartons
  • Plastic food and beverage containers, bottles, jugs, tubs, styrene trays and lids
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars
    No need to remove labels
  • Food and beverage cans
    Push lids down inside, no need to remove labels
  • Spiral cardboard cans
    The plastic strip around frozen juice cans is not acceptable but please include the metal portions
  • Bulk packing styrofoam providing it fits into a standard size blue box
    No styrofoam peanuts

Acceptable items for grey papers box:

  • Telephone books and magazines
  • All household paper including newspapers, photocopy paper, hardcover books (without the cover) envelopes, gift wrap, cards and paper bags (without foil or plastic coating)
  • Boxboard and egg cartons
    Remove all plastic wrap and food liner bags, flatten box, place inside another box
  • Cardboard
    Flattened and bundled no larger than 75cmx75cmx20cm. Place in or beside recycling box, limit of one bundle per week for each business establishment, no limit for residents

Unacceptable items for both boxes include:

  • medical waste
  • motor oil or pesticide containers
  • ceramics, textiles
  • plastic wrap or plastic toys
  • plastic plant trays & pots
  • paper or waxed cups
  • drinking glasses
  • broken glass
  • dishes
  • light bulbs
  • window panes, mirrors, etc.
  • kitty litter or pet waste
  • wooden orange crates
  • appliances
Organics Collection FAQs
Why should I participate in the organics program?

The City implemented the curbside organics collection program for a number of reasons. The organics program helps extend the life of the City's Landfill, as well reach the Ministry of Environment’s waste diversion goal.

The program is designed to help residents manage their waste differently while helping to divert everyday household organic waste from the landfill. The organics program also allows for residents to meet the garbage limit and not have to purchase a garbage tag. 

Is there a limit to the amount of curbside organics collected?

Residential households receive unlimited collection of organics bins and recycling boxes every week. Organics bins must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per bin when placed out for collection.

How do I get a curbside and/or kitchen green bin?

Please call 705-739-4219 for delivery of green bins or recycling boxes. Barrie residents can also pick up green bins and recycling boxes at:

  • Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Drive North
    Monday to Friday from 8:30am–4:30pm
  • East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone Street East
    During operating hours
  • Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue
    During operating hours
  • Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Drive
    During operating hours

Damaged bins can be returned to the Environmental Centre  (272 Ferndale Drive North) where they are recycled.

What do I do with a damaged green bin?

Damaged bins can be returned to the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North) where they are recycled free of charge.

What can I use to line my organics bin?

Options for lining your kitchen organics bin:

  • Certified compostable bin liners/bags with one of the certified compostable logos*
  • paper bags
  • newspaper
  • popcorn and pet food bags without plastic liners
  • paper leaf and yard waste bags
  • boxboard such as cereal and cracker boxes

Tip: Disposable coffee cups make great containers for food scraps/peels. When preparing meals, just drop the filled cup into your organics bin!

Related document: Organics Liners 

* Both the individual bags and the package will be marked with the logos. The list below includes of some of the brands carried at Barrie retailers:

Non-compostable plastic bags are NOT accepted in Barrie’s organics program. Plastic bags labelled only as “bio-degradable”, “degradable” or “oxo” degradable are also NOT accepted in the organics program. These bags are not acceptable at the composting facility that accepts Barrie’s organics material because they contaminate the finished compost.

What is accepted in the Organics Collection Program?

Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.

Acceptable items in the organics program (green bin):

  • All food scraps and leftovers
  • Meat, bones, rice and dairy products
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Pastas, breads
  • Cooking oils and grease
  • Coffee grounds and filters, tea bags
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Dryer lint, dust
  • Hair, pet hair
  • House plants
  • Soiled newspaper, paper towels
  • Paper plates, napkins, tissues
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Fast food drink trays
  • Paper cups
  • Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
  • Wood wine corks
  • Wood ashes (cold)
  • Dried flowers
  • Pumpkins
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Muffin paper cups

Do not place yard waste in your organics containers. Yard waste items will be collected by another designated collection truck. Organics carts must not exceed 20 kgs (45lbs) each for collection. If you include any unacceptable items in your green bin, your bin will not be emptied and a sticker will be left notifying you of the reason.

What is not accepted in the Organics Collection Program?

Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.

Unacceptable items in the organics program (green bin):

  • Plastic bags or biodegradable bags 
  • Diapers and hygiene products
  • Kitty litter and pet waste
  • Yard waste
  • Medical waste (bandages, gauze)
  • Recyclables
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Sod, soil or rocks
  • Vacuum bag and contents
  • Ceramics
  • Drinking straws
  • Styrofoam
  • Treated wood
  • Hazardous waste
  • Dead animals
  • Textile

Do not place yard waste in your green bin. Yard waste items will be collected by another designated collection truck. Green bins must not exceed 20 kgs (45lbs) each for collection. If you include any unacceptable items in your green bin, your bin will not be emptied and a sticker will be left notifying you of the reason.

Why can't I place pet waste or diapers in the organics bin?

Diapers and pet waste are not accepted in Barrie's organics program because the processing facility does not accept these materials; they are difficult and costly to process.

Effective May 1, 2015: Residents can dispose of up to two clear bags of diapers per week for free at the landfill, with a maximum weight of 20kg/bag, from May 1 to October 31 each year.

How can I mitigate odour from pet waste and/or diapers?

Pet waste and soiled diapers are garbage items that emit odour. Tips to help mitigate:

  • sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the bottom of your garbage can
  • be sure your garbage can has a proper lid & is securely sealed
Why are my organics and garbage picked up by the same truck?

Garbage and organics are collected by a “split” collection truck. The same collection truck will hold both materials however it does NOT mix the materials together. These trucks are split this way to make the collection more efficient instead of having one designated truck for each material type.

The split collection truck has two separated compartments for two different types of materials. The collector places the garbage material into one compartment of the truck, and the organics into the other. Although it may appear that these items are being mixed together after you spent time separating them, the materials are completely separated and do not get mixed with each other. 

Where do organics go from here?

Organics are transported to a specially designed processing facility where microscopic bacteria digest the material and the result is rich and valuable compost.

Yard Waste Collection FAQs
When is yard waste collected?
Residents have a regularly scheduled collection day and area (area A or B). The area indicates which weeks your yard waste is collected for the bi-weekly collection months (July, August, December). Ways to determine your collection day and area:
 

Collection Schedule

Weekly Bi-Weekly No Collection
January July February
April August March
May December  
June    
September    
October    
November    
 
 
What are acceptable items for yard waste collection?
Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.

Acceptable items in yard waste:

  • Leaves and brush
  • Grass clippings
  • Garden waste
  • Bales of straw
  • Tree trimmings
  • Christmas trees (trees must not exceed 1.8m or 6 feet in length, be free of ornaments and stands) 
  • Fruit tree waste
 
What are unacceptable yard waste materials?

Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.

Unacceptable items in yard waste:

  • Kitchen waste
  • Milled lumber
  • Stumps or tree limbs with a diameter in excess of 10cm
  • Tree limbs in excess of 6ft in length
  • Unbundled brush, street sweepings
  • Sod, dirt and rocks
  • Containers of yard waste that weigh more than 20kg (45lbs). 
  • Bundles must be no longer than 1.8m (6ft) in length, 0.3m (1ft) in diameter and weigh no more than 20kgs (45lbs).
  • Christmas trees exceeding 1.8m or 6 feet in length 
  • plastic pots and plastic packaging
  • garbage materials
What is acceptable packaging and weight for yard waste?

Yard waste should be placed in a separate container from regular garbage. Please leave lids off containers and boxes open so the collectors can see their contents. Clippings from trees and shrubs should be tied securely in small bundles to permit easy handling.  Bundles must be:

  • no larger than 1.8m (6ft) in length
  • no larger than 0.3m (1ft) in diameter
  • no heavier than 20kg (45lbs) in weight
  • have limbs no more than 10cm in diameter each (and bundled per above)

Acceptable yard waste containers: garbage cans; bushel baskets; burlap bags; paper leaf and yard waste bags; corrugated cardboard boxes.

Unacceptable yard waste containers: organics green bins; blue and grey recycling boxes; plastic bags.

Can I drop my leaf and yard waste off at the landfill?

Yes, residential leaf and yard waste can be dropped off at City of Barrie's Landfill Site at 272 Ferndale Drive North. Effective March 1, 2014, there is no charge for the first 100kg of each load. The remainder of the weight over 100kg is $60.00/tonne.

A $6.00 minimum charge applies to commercial yard waste for loads under 100kg. Effective March 1, 2014, loads 100kg and over are charged $60.00/tonne for total weight of load.

If the materials are packaged in plastic bags, the bags must be removed. Branches in excess of 4” in diameter will be charged the regular user rate for waste. Sod is accepted at the landfill site as long as the soil has been removed. Topsoil or 'clean fill' is NOT accepted at the landfill site.

Garbage Collection FAQs
How big can my garbage can/bag be?

The City currently has a manual curbside collection system, which means drivers have to physically lift the garbage into the truck. All residents must ensure that their garbage is placed at the curbside (by 7am on their collection day) in a proper container or standard-sized bag. Acceptable garbage containers must:

  • be designed to be manually lifted;
  • have exterior side handles;
  • have a removable watertight lid (do not attach lid with rope or bungee cords);
  • have a capacity no greater than 125 litres;
  • not exceed 20kgs or 45 lbs (including contents) when placed at the curb for collection.

If your container does not meet these specifications, it will not be picked up. The larger containers are not suitable for our manual collection system because the drivers are not able to safely lift them. Also, for health and safety reasons, collectors are not permitted to reach into a container to remove the contents. See photo.

How can I confirm if an item can be diverted to recycling or organics?

If you're not sure how to dispose of an item, look it up with our online tool: barrie.ca/WhereDoesItGo.

What is the every-other-week curbside garbage allowance?

The garbage allowance per residential dwelling is 2 bags or 2 cans of garbage every other week. Additional bags or cans over the 2 bags/cans limit will be collected in your collection week if the proper $3 City of Barrie garbage tag is affixed to each additional unit. Tags are to be placed around the neck of the garbage bag or on the top of the garbage inside the can, not on the can itself.

Multi-residential buildings (6 units or more) that receive municipal curbside garbage collection have a garbage bag limit of 4 bags per unit every other week.

Where can I purchase garbage tags?
Garbage tags are available for purchase at the following locations. It is the responsibility of each establishment to keep adequate stock levels.
 

 

 
How should I dispose of sharp items in my garbage?

When placing sharp items (i.e. broken glass, light bulbs and nails) in the garbage, please ensure that they are wrapped in a protective material, such as newsprint, before placing the items into the garbage so they do not present a safety hazard to the collectors. As a courtesy to the garbage collectors, please label all garbage units that may contain a potential safety hazard.

Please note: syringes and needles are not accepted in curbside garbage collection. For more information on how to dispose of these properly, please see Household Hazardous Waste and Alternative Options.             

How do I prevent pests from getting into my garbage?

Most of the materials that attract pests are materials that should be placed in your green bin. If your garbage does not contain any food products it should no longer be an attractant to pests. You may also consider placing your garbage in a garbage can (not exceeding 125 litres in capacity) with a removable watertight lid, to help deter pests, and storing your garbage inside of a garage or shed.

How can I dispose of a bulky item?

Bulky items such as furniture, appliances, and construction and renovation wastes will NOT be collected by the curbside garbage contractors. Please visit our Bulky Item Collection Page for more information on how to dispose of your bulky items.

Please note that City of Barrie By-Law 85-163 provides for people who illegally dump garbage to be charged up to $5000.00. Help keep Barrie clean and beautiful; if you see someone dumping garbage, construction waste or yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) on City property please report it to the City of Barrie at (705) 739-4219.

How much garbage is collected from businesses?

Businesses in Barrie’s Central Business District receive municipal curbside garbage collection twice weekly. There is a 6-garbage-bag limit per week for these businesses.

Businesses (excluding the Central Business District) that receive municipal curbside garbage collection are permitted to place up to 12 bags of garbage curbside every other week for municipal collection.

Please call (705) 739-4219 for additional information.

 






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