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​Organics Collection

As per Barrie's collection schedule, unlimited green bins are collected curbside every week. Please remember to sort your waste for collection and have it curbside by 7am.

Reminder: cleaning wipes go in the garbage. They are not accepted in the green bin and should not be flushed.

Green Bin Sorting & Packaging Changes Due to COVID-19

In an effort to keep curbside collection drivers safe during this time, please:

  • place organics in securely tied compostable bags, not loose in the green bin.​
  • place facial tissues, paper towels and napkins in a securely tied garbage bag instead of the green bin. Plastic garbage bags are thicker, more durable and less likely to rip open when being collected. Putting these items in plastic garbage bags in your garbage instead of the certifiable compostable bags in your green bin will reduce the risk to collectors.

Extending the Life of Barrie's Landfill

The organics program helps extend the life of the City's landfill, and helps Barrie meet the Ministry of Environment’s waste diversion goal, by helping to divert everyday household organic waste from the landfill. The program also allows for residents to meet the garbage limit so they don't need to purchase a garbage tag.

Collection Schedule

Residential households receive unlimited collection of organics bins every week in Barrie, with different areas having pickup on different days. Normal curbside collection occurs on Remembrance Day, Easter Monday and Boxing Day. All other holidays affect the collection schedule.

Ways to Determine your Schedule

For residential collection of organics, there are multiple ways to determine your curbside collection schedule:

  • Refer to the map in the Waste Collection Calendar.
  • Look up your address.
  • Search your address using the interactive map.
  • Call 705-739-4219 (Mon–Fri, 8:30am–4:30pm) and staff will look up your collection day based on your address.
  • Download Pingstreet, the City's mobile app, and input your address to refer to your customized calendar within the Curbside Collection tile.

The Multi-Residential Organics Collection Calendar includes dates for organics carts collection at multi-residential buildings (6 units or more).

 Obtaining a Green Bin

Residential

Please call 705-739-4219 for delivery of large or small green bins or visit Service Barrie at City Hall. Damaged bins can be returned to the landfill (272 Ferndale Drive North) where they are recycled free of charge.

Multi-residential (6 units +)

Each multi-residential property is supplied with large collection carts as well as small, in-unit kitchen bins to collect and transport organic material. Once the bins are full they can be emptied into the building's large organics carts. If you don't have an in-unit green bin please contact your property manager or site superintendent.

Accepted Organic Items

Please refer to the item lookup tool to look up specific items if not listed below. Organics bins must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per bin when placed out for collection.

Accepted Items in the Organics Collection Program

Acceptable items in the 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, garden fruit & vegetable waste
  • 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.

*In an effort to keep curbside collection drivers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is asking residents to place facial tissues, paper towels and napkins in a securely tied garbage bag instead of the green (organics) bin.​

Unaccepted Items in the Organics Collection Program

Unacceptable items in the 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
  • Paper towels, napkins, and tissues
    In an effort to keep curbside collection drivers safe during COVID-19, the City is asking residents to place facial tissues, paper towels and napkins in a securely tied garbage bag instead of the green (organics) bin.​

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.

Lining Your Green Bin

Options for lining your kitchen organics bin:

  • Certified compostable bin liners/bags with one of the certified compostable logosBoth the individual bags and the package will be marked with the 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!

Compostable Bag Retailers 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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