Barrie Environmental Centre 272 Ferndale Drive NorthRethinkWaste@barrie.ca (705) 739-4219
As per Barrie's
collection schedule, recycling boxes are collected every week. Please
sort your waste for collection and have it curbside by 7am.
We have received reports of an increase in these items in curbside recycling bins:
Masks and gloves should be disposed of in the
garbage, in securely tied bags.
Placing lithium ion batteries (from cell phones, drones, remote control cars, power tools etc.) in curbside garbage or recycling poses a serious fire hazard and safety threat to curbside collectors and anyone in the vicinity of collection vehicles. Please dispose of these items safely at the
Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
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.
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.
For residental and non-residential collection, there are multiple ways to determine your curbside collection schedule:
Please refer to Multi-Residential Diversion Programs for schedule information re recycling collection at multi-residential buildings (6 units or more).
Recycling boxes must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per box when placed out for collection. Residential households receive unlimited collection of recycling boxes every week.
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.
Please call 705-739-4219 for delivery of green bins or recycling boxes.
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.
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
Please refer to the
item lookup tool to check for specific items if not listed below.
Acceptable items for blue containers box:
Acceptable items for grey (paper) box
Unacceptable items for both the blue and grey boxes include:
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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