Barrie Environmental Centre 272 Ferndale Drive NorthRethinkWaste@barrie.ca (705) 739-4219
As per Barrie's
collection schedule, garbage is collected every other week (2 standard size bags or cans), while unlimited green bins and recycling boxes are collected every week. Please remember to
sort your waste for collection and have it curbside by 7am.
Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) organizations are eligible for non-residential collection.
COVID-19 Curbside Collection Notices
Curbside Collection is Proceeding as Scheduled
Curbside collection is occurring as
scheduled with the usual limits: 2 standard size bags or cans every other week, and unlimited green bins and recycling boxes every week. Please have items curbside by 7am and
sort your waste for collection.
Yard waste is collected every week April through June.
Cleaning wipes cannot go in the green bin and should not be flushed. If not sure where an item goes, please check the
item lookup tool.
Please refer to the
general garbage collection FAQs below for full details.
Plastic garbage bags are thicker, more durable and less likely to rip open when being collected at the curb. 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.
Tissues, napkins and paper towels are very light but we recognize they can be bulky. There is a weight restriction of 45lbs on garbage, but paper towels, etc. can be pushed down in the garbage bags to allow for more space.
If you can remove these materials from the green bin and place them in the garbage instead, it would be appreciated to ensure the safety of our waste collectors.
The City initiated a pilot clothing recycling collection in 2019, and there are additional collection dates planned for 2020. The
households included in the pilot program will receive clothing collection. The next collection will take place the week of June 22, 2020. A
brochure and collection bag will be delivered by Recycling Rewards staff to participating households' doorsteps about two weeks prior to collection. Visit the
Recycling Rewards website or call Recycling Rewards at 1-866-927-3873 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday) if you have questions about the clothing collection or if you would like to request a pick up of items.
Residents have a regularly scheduled collection day and area (area A or B). The area indicates which weeks your yard waste is collected for the bi-weekly collection months (July, August, December),
and starting January 12, 2015, will also indicate your garbage collection day. Ways to determine your collection schedule:
Every-other-week garbage collection was approved by Council on September 30, 2013, under Motion 13-G-233.
Effective January 12, 2015, Barrie households serviced under the City of Barrie municipal curbside collection program received two-bag or two-can garbage pickup every other week;
unlimited organics and recycling continue to be picked up weekly. Residents were encouraged to
The changes to waste collection represented a service change, not a decrease. In January 2015, the City continued to collect the same amount of garbage bags overall, but on an every-other-week basis instead of weekly. However, the change encouraged residents to better sort their materials, thereby reducing the amount of garbage previously set curbside:
A comparison of 2015 to 2014 revealed a 52% increase in curbside organics tonnages; 16% decrease in curbside garbage tonnages; and 3% increase in curbside recycling tonnages.Stats based on tonnage tracking at the landfill and reported diversion data from the collection contractor.
The changes to curbside collection were part of Barrie’s
Sustainable Waste Management Strategy, an action plan for effective, efficient and responsible change to our waste collection, diversion and disposal systems over a 20-year period.
The Barrie Landfill has a finite amount of available space for disposal of municipal solid waste. Currently, it is expected to last until 2035. After that, we will need to find a new locations and/or methods to dispose of our garbage—and this will be expensive. The cost of closing the Barrie Landfill is currently estimated at over $6.5 million and the annual associated site maintenance is approximately $500,000/year for the first 25 years. Landfills are typically monitored for 50 years after closure.
In 2013, 70% of eligible Barrie households did
not participate in the
organics program. The aim of every-other-week
garbage pickup, while continuing to pick up
recycling weekly, was to encourage more people to use their green bin, thereby diverting more waste from our landfill. It is the financially and environmentally responsible thing to do as Barrie continues to work towards sustainable
If you're not sure how to dispose of an item, look it up with our online tool:
Normal curbside collection occurs on Remembrance Day, Easter Monday and Boxing Day. All other holidays affect the collection schedule; updates are posted on this page and communicated via
This Week in Barrie,
Twitter. Dates are also indicated within the
Community Information and Waste Reduction Calendar.
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.
Please note the following considerations for winter months:
All batteries must go through separate facilities for recycling.
Starting in November 2015, the City (in partnership with Simcoe County) offers Battery Collection Week every November. During Battery Collection Week, Barrie residents can place batteries curbside next to their blue box for collection on their regular collection day. Details are posted within the above Curbside Collection Notices on this webpage by mid-October each year. Extra bags are available year-round for pickup, during operating hours, at:
Outside of Battery Collection Week, batteries (hazardous waste) are not collected curbside. Please bring unwanted batteries to the City of Barrie’s
Household Hazardous Waste Depot, 272 Ferndale Drive North, open Saturday from 9am to 4pm.
For alternative drop off locations for rechargeable batteries visit
http://www.call2recycle.ca For alternative drop off locations for single-use/non-rechargeable batteries visit:
The City currently 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. Residents and businesses are to place their blue and grey recycling boxes at curbside on their regular collection day by 7:00 a.m. There is no limit on the number of recycling boxes that Barrie residents are permitted to set out for collection; however, businesses are limited to four blue boxes, one grey box and one bundle of cardboard (75cmx75cmx20cms) per week.
Residential households receive unlimited collection of organics bins and recycling boxes every week. Recycling boxes must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per box when placed out for 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.
At this time, please call 705-739-4219 for delivery of green bins or recycling boxes.
Damaged boxes can be returned to the landfill (272 Ferndale Drive North) where they are recycled free of charge.
Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.
The City implemented the curbside organics collection program for a number of reasons. The organics program helps extend the life of the City's Landfill, as well reach the Ministry of Environment’s waste diversion goal.
The program is designed to help residents manage their waste differently while helping to divert everyday household organic waste from the landfill. The organics program also allows for residents to meet the garbage limit and not have to purchase a garbage tag.
Residential households receive unlimited collection of organics bins and recycling boxes every week. Organics bins must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per bin when placed out for collection.
Damaged bins can be returned to the landfill (272 Ferndale Drive North) where they are recycled free of charge.
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!
* Both the individual bags and the package will be marked with the
logos. 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.
Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.
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.
Refer to the Where does it go? lookup tool to check for specific items.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.
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:
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.
Yard waste should be placed in a separate container from regular garbage. Please leave lids off containers and boxes open so the collectors can see their contents. Clippings from trees and shrubs should be tied securely in small bundles to permit easy handling. Bundles must be:
Acceptable yard waste containers: garbage cans (must have exterior handles); bushel baskets; burlap bags; paper leaf and yard waste bags; corrugated cardboard boxes.
Unacceptable yard waste containers: organics green bins; blue and grey recycling boxes; plastic bags.
Yes, residential leaf and yard waste can be dropped off at City of Barrie's Landfill Site at 272 Ferndale Drive North. Effective March 1, 2014, there is no charge for the first 100kg of each load. The remainder of the weight over 100kg is $60.00/tonne.
A $6.00 minimum charge applies to commercial yard waste for loads under 100kg. Effective March 1, 2014, loads 100kg and over are charged $60.00/tonne for total weight of load.
If the materials are packaged in plastic bags, the bags must be removed. Branches in excess of 4” in diameter will be charged the regular user rate for waste. Sod is accepted at the landfill site as long as the soil has been removed. Topsoil or 'clean fill' is NOT accepted at the landfill site.
The City currently has a manual curbside collection system, which means drivers have to physically lift the garbage into the truck. All residents must ensure that their garbage is placed at the curbside (by 7am on their collection day) in a proper container or standard-sized bag. Acceptable garbage containers must:
Acceptable garbage bags must:
If your container or bag does not meet these specifications, it will not be picked up. The larger containers are not suitable for our manual collection system because the drivers are not able to safely lift them. Also, for health and safety reasons, collectors are not permitted to reach into a container to remove the contents.
City facilities are currently closed to the public, as indicated below. Please contact individual establishments to confirm if they are open and their availability of garbage bag tags.
If you're not sure how to dispose of an item, look it up with our
The garbage allowance per residential dwelling is 2 bags or 2 cans of garbage every other week. Additional bags or cans over the 2 bags/cans limit will be collected in your collection week if the proper $3 City of Barrie garbage tag is affixed to each additional unit. Tags are to be placed around the neck of the garbage bag or on the top of the garbage inside the can, not on the can itself.
Multi-residential buildings (6 units or more) that receive municipal curbside garbage collection have a garbage bag limit of 4 bags per unit every other week.
When placing sharp items (i.e. broken glass, light bulbs and nails) in the garbage, please ensure that they are wrapped in a protective material, such as newsprint, before placing the items into the garbage so they do not present a safety hazard to the collectors. As a courtesy to the garbage collectors, please label all garbage units that may contain a potential safety hazard.
Please note: syringes and needles are not accepted in curbside garbage collection. For more information on how to dispose of these properly, please see
Household Hazardous Waste and
Most of the materials that attract pests are materials that should be placed in your green bin. If your garbage does not contain any food products it should no longer be an attractant to pests. You may also consider placing your garbage in a garbage can (not exceeding 125 litres in capacity) with a removable watertight lid, to help deter pests, and storing your garbage inside of a garage or shed.
Bulky items such as furniture, appliances, and construction and renovation wastes will NOT be collected by the curbside garbage contractors. Bulk items can be brought to the Landfill Site for a fee or consider donating to a local charity. Alternatively, the second Saturday of June is Free Goods Exchange Day in the City of Barrie where residents may place items in good condition curbside and residents are invited to pick these items up. There is no special curbside collection by the City of Barrie, items not taken must be removed from the curb by 9pm that evening.
Please note that City of Barrie By-Law 85-163 provides for people who illegally dump garbage to be charged up to $5000.00. Help keep Barrie clean and beautiful; if you see someone dumping garbage, construction waste or yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) on City property please report it to the City of Barrie at (705) 739-4219.
Businesses in Barrie’s Central Business District receive municipal curbside garbage collection twice weekly. There is a 6-garbage-bag limit per week for these businesses.
Businesses (excluding the Central Business District) that receive municipal curbside garbage collection are permitted to place up to 12 bags of garbage curbside every other week for municipal collection.
Please call (705) 739-4219 for additional information.
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