Barrie Environmental Centre 272 Ferndale Drive NorthRethinkWaste@barrie.ca (705) 739-4219
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.
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Reminder: cleaning wipes go in the garbage. They are not accepted in the green bin and should not be flushed.
In an effort to keep curbside collection drivers safe during this time, please:
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.
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.
For residential collection of organics, there are multiple ways to determine your curbside collection schedule:
Please refer to Multi-Residential Diversion Programs for schedule information re organics carts collection at multi-residential buildings (6 units or more).
For delivery of small or large green bins, please call 705-739-4219 or email
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.
Related info: Multi-Residential Diversion Programs
Please use 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.
Acceptable items in the green bin:
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.
Unacceptable items in the green 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.
Options for lining your kitchen organics bin:
Tip: Disposable coffee cups make great containers for food scraps/peels. When preparing meals, just drop the filled cup into your organics bin!
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.
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:
City staff are working on a tender document expected to go out for bid in 2022. Green bin service for pet waste may be an option presented by some bidders. Green bin service for diapers will not be considered for this contract.
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.
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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