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Rethinking Waste

Effective January 12, 2015, Barrie households started receiving two-bag/can garbage pickup every other week, instead of one-bag/can per week. Unlimited organics (green bin) and recycling continued to be picked up every week.

As a result, Barrie residents started rethinking waste! Scroll overClick on the images below for some helpful facts and tips on rethinking your contribution to waste diversion.

Got a tip you'd like to share with fellow residents? We'd love to help share your ideas! E-mail RethinkWaste@barrie.ca, tweet us, or post it on Facebook.

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2035
Current expected closing date for the Barrie landfill. Estimated closing cost: $6.5M. Estimated cost of maintaining and monitoring a closed landfill: $500K/year for the first 25 years.
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-16%
Collected curbside garbage tonnages decreased by 16% in 2015, in comparison with 2014. The introduction of every-other-week garbage collection encouraged the diversion of waste using other means:
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+52%
Collected curbside organics tonnages increased by 52% in 2015, in comparison with 2014. The introduction of every-other-week garbage collection encouraged participation in the organics program.
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Where does it go?
Unsure of how to dispose of an item? Try looking it up with our Where does it go? lookup tool.
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Double the fun
Much organic waste is generated in rooms outside of your kitchen, so why not have a separate or split bin to hold it! You'd be surprised how many items can can be put in your green bin.
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42%
of mobile phones in Canada are owned by Ontarians.
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Reuse
Disposable coffee cups can be diverted using your green bin, & make great containers for vegetable scraps/peels. When preparing meals, just drop the filled cup into your bin!
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Reduce
Waste reduction starts here:
  • Choose products that use less packaging.
  • Buy only what you need & use all of what you buy.
  • Choose recyclable packages.
  • Avoid single-serve containers; buy in bulk if possible.
  • Use reusable bags.
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38%
of household waste is organic. Using your green bin can help divert that material from producing dangerous greenhouse gases at our landfill.
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Use Pingstreet
Our mobile app, Pingstreet, displays an up-to-date curbside collection calendar based on your address. Download it and always know your next collection day!
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830kg
Approximate amount of medication properly diverted at Barrie's Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2014.
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Get Certified
Certified compostable plastic bin liners/bags accepted in the green program must have one of the following logos:
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Did you know?
Empty aerosol cans (lid & nozzle removed) are accepted in your Blue Box.
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90%
of Ontarians have out-of-use electronic devices to dispose of.
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445
attendees of workshops at Barrie's Education Centre in 2014. We're hoping to see more in 2015! Available at no cost to community groups, schools & summer camps.
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38%
of garbage collected from Barrie households in 2014 was organic waste, which belongs in a green bin or backyard composter.
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3,000+
Ontario locations where you can drop off your used batteries for safe disposal.
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Participate
in the annual Free Goods Exchange Day, held on the second Saturday of June.
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60%
2031 waste diversion target. Barrie accomplished a 45% diversion rate in 2012.
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Did you know?
Empty dry paint cans (4L & under) can be recycled in Barrie's curbside recycling.
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Did you know?
Plastic retail & grocery bags can be included in your Blue Box.

Got a tip you'd like to share with fellow residents? E-mail RethinkWaste@barrie.ca, tweet us, or post it on Facebook.

Every-other-week garbage collection, implemented on January 12, 2015, does not include multi-residential properties & businesses that have private garbage collection.

Barrie facts & statistics represented on this page were primarily determined through the City of Barrie's Participation Studies / Waste Audits, and/or tonnage tracking at the landfill, and/or reported diversion data from the collection contractor.