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Alternative Options

Looking for another way to get rid of your unwanted items? The following links provide information about locations you can take materials for reuse, recycling, and proper disposal.

This webpage includes some government-funded companies/not-for-profits and, in support of local business development, Barrie-based companies. The linked websites are not maintained or monitored by City staff. Links are provided for convenience and do not necessarily imply endorsement by the City.

New to Me Day (happens annually in June)

New to Me Day cancelled for 2020  
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of City events until June 30, New to Me Day (formerly Free Goods Exchange Day) was cancelled this year. ​

Visit for a current list of impacted City services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do some de-cluttering and gather up items around your home that are no longer used. New to Me Day (formerly Free Goods Exchange Day) resembles a garage sale, but without the money or hassle. Everything you place at the end of your driveway or at the edge of your lawn is FREE.

Print out and attach the New to Me poster and anyone can come by and take the items away. Because there is no money exchanged, you don’t have to stick around. You can simply place your stuff at the curb and go. On the second Saturday in June, place all usable goods on your curb and mark them with theNew to Me Day poster​ so that others know they are available for taking.

You can also share the items you have available on the City's Facebook event page to show others what you're offering. Did you find something great on New to Me Day? Share your haul on social media using #NewToMe! 

Anything that does not find a new home must be taken back in by 9 p.m. that day as there will be no municipal collection. If you need to get rid of items, visit for more information on how you can properly do so.

Hazardous Waste

The City of Barrie Household Hazardous Waste Depot , is open every Saturday from 8:30am–3:30pm at the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North). The depot is FREE to all Barrie and Simcoe County residents. Alternative option:


The City works to keep illegal donation bins for clothing and electronics out of the community. Free electronics recycling is available to Barrie residents at the City of Barrie's Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North). Alternative options:


Cloth diapers are an alternative to disposable diapers. Search online to check out diaper services.


On-road tires that are off the rim are accepted at the landfill site at no charge through the Ontario Tire Stewardship Program. Tires on the rim have a charge associated with them. Bicycle tires are not accepted for recycling. Alternative option:

Mobility/Assistive Devices 

Residents are encouraged to consider donating mobility and assistive devices such as walkers, canes, and bath chairs, to local charitable re-use stores, and pick-up services, and classified services.

Sharps & Pharmaceuticals 

Syringes, lancets, needles and pharmaceuticals are accepted at the City of Barrie Household Hazardous Waste Depot. The Depot is open every Saturday from 8:30am-3;30pm at the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North). The depot is FREE to all Barrie and SImcoe County residents. Alternative option:

Reusable Clothing & Textiles

Residents are encouraged to consider donating used clothing through local charitable re-use stores and pick-up services.

The Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative 
The Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC) workds to reduce the amount of textiles going in landfill. This group of more than 40 stakeholders represents municipalities, charities, collectors, NGOs, academic and retailers. Their work is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and convened by Fashion Takes Action. The OTDC is launching an public awareness campaign that is aimed to help citizens understand their role in diverting textiles, through reuse, donation, repair, rental and repurposing. To find out more, visit OTDC's website​.   

Furniture and Building Materials

Residents may use any of the following options for disposing of these items:

  • Participate in the annual New to Me Day held on the second Saturday of June each year (residents must remove items that are not collected by 9 p.m. the day of the event)
  • Contact local private haulers to receive or collect reusable items.
  • Consider donating items through local charitable re-use stores and pick-up services. (Not all charities accept furniture and building materials.)

Refrigerator / Freezer

The Barrie Landfill Site can receive and decommission CFC-containing appliances. Alternative option:

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