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​Recycling Collection

As per Barrie's collection schedule, recycling boxes are collected every week. Please sort your waste for collection and have it curbside by 7am.

The City 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.

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Items that do NOT Belong in Curbside Recycling

We have received reports of an increase in masks, gloves, and lithium ion batteries​ in curbside recycling bins. These items are do NOT belong in curbside recycling bins. 

Masks and gloves should be disposed of in the garbage, in securely tied bags. Lithium ion batteries (from cell phones, drones, remote control cars, power tools etc.) should be disposed of safely at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Disposing of these batteries in curbside garbage or recycling poses a serious fire hazard and safety threat to curbside collectors and anyone in the vicinity of collection vehicles.

Collection Schedule

​Recycling is collected weekly in Barrie, with different areas having pickup on different days. Please have your materials curbside by 7am on your collection day.

Ways to Determine your Schedule

For residental and non-residential collection, 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.

Please refer to Multi-Residential Diversion Programs for schedule information re recycling collection at multi-residential buildings (6 units or more).​

Recycling Limits, Municipal Curbside Collection


​Recycling boxes must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per box when placed out for collection. Residential households receive unlimited collection of recycling boxes every week.

Multi-residential (6 units +)

The City recommends a minimum of one 95-gallon cart for every 7 multi-residential units, but there is no limit on the amount of recycling carts that can be placed out for collection. All carts are provided to each building free of charge and are collected every week. More information: Multi-Residential Diversion Programs​


For full information about recycling collection for IC&I organizations and downtown businesses please refer to Non-Residential Waste Collection.

Obtaining Recycling Boxes

Residential & Non-residential

Delivery Option

Please call 705-739-4219 for delivery of green bins or recycling boxes.

Pickup Options

Upon pickup, photo identification proving Barrie residency must be provided. A maximum of two boxes is provided per visit (any combination of blue and grey).

For full information about recycling collection for IC&I organizations and downtown businesses please refer to Non-Residential Waste Collection.

Multi-residential (6 units +)

Each multi-residential property is supplied with small, in-unit recycling boxes to help store recyclable material and transport it to the building's recycling collection area. Once the boxes are full they can be emptied into your building's large recycling carts. If you don't have recycling boxes please contact your property manager or site superintendent. More information: Multi-Residential Diversion Programs​

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

Accepted Recycling Items

Please refer to the item lookup tool to check for specific items if not listed below.

Acceptable Items for Reycling in Blue (Containers) Box

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 & place both can and lid in your Blue Box. Can sizes are limited to 4 litres & 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 & empty. Remove any receipts or materials from the bags, put all bags inside one plastic retail or grocery bag or a clear plastic bag, and tie shut before placing in your Blue Box. Please do not use dark garbage bags as the collectors cannot identify if the bag contains recycling or garbage.

    Tip: Do the stretch test! If the plastic stretches when you pull on it, it's acceptable in the Blue Box (exemption: plastic – clingy / film / Saran – wrap is not accepted).
  • 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 Reycling in Grey (Paper) Box

Acceptable items for grey (paper) 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 five bundles per week for each business establishment, no limit for residents
Unacceptable Items for Recycling

Unacceptable items for both the blue and grey 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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
NewspaperCracker Box
Corrugated Cardboard BoxPaper Tubes
Empty Aluminum Juice or Pop CanFull Aluminum Juice or Pop Can
Glass Bottle or JarNew glass jars and bottles
Drinking BoxToilet Paper
Juice Bottle or Pop BottleFleece Outerwear
Vitamin BottlePlastic Lumber
Yogurt CupIce Scraper
Meat TrayCD 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.

Why doesn't the City provide larger covered bins with wheels?

Programs that provide cart-style recycling bins must employ an automated collection vehicle. The City’s current collection contract is based on a manual collection service; anything with a capacity greater than 125 litres and/or weight greater than 45 lbs is not safe for a manual lift by the collectors.

City staff are working on a tender document expected to go out for bid in 2022. Automated carts may be an option presented by some bidders. For many municipalities, the use of an automated cart system will be influenced by decisions made by the Province of Ontario in the Blue Box Regulation.

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