Barrie Environmental Centre
272 Ferndale Drive North
This page contains information of the City of Barrie's multi-residential organics program and
Multi-Residential dwellings are residences with 6 or more units and include apartments, condominiums, and townhouse complexes. There are approximately 11,950 multi-residential units, or 292 multi-residential buildings in Barrie.
In January 2017, the City of Barrie began the implementation of a multi-residential organics collection program in apartments, condominiums, and townhouse complexes throughout Barrie. The organics program was phased in to eligible multi-residential properties between 2017 and 2019.
Each multi-residential property is supplied with large collection carts as well as small, in-unit kitchen bins to collect organic material and transport it to the building's recycling and organics collection area. Once the bins are full they can be emptied into your building's large organics carts.
To find out if your building or complex is eligible for an organics collection program, please contact your property management company or email
Participation in the multi-residential organics collection program is
mandatory for all residents in order for your building to receive municipal garbage collection services (Council Motion 15-G-223). The multi-residential organics program helps extend the life of the landfill and is designed to help residents manage their waste differently while helping to divert everyday household organic waste from the landfill.
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Acceptable items in the organics program (green bin):
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.
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!
Related document: Organics Liners
* 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:
The organics collection program will be extended to eligible properties beginning in 2017. For more information on when your building will be starting this important diversion program, please contact your property manager or site superintendent.
Please note: On October 19, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks introduced a
draft regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 that will make producers responsible for blue box programs’ operation, including collection, as part of the Province’s full producer responsibility framework. Subject to the filing of the new regulation and amendments, the City of Barrie cannot confirm that it will be the recycling service provider for multi-residential properties upon the completion of the City of Barrie’s Blue Box program transition, anticipated to occur in 2024.
All multi-residential properties in Barrie are provided with a recycling program. Most multi-residential buildings use 95-gallon blue and grey carts to collect their recyclables. All carts are provided to each building free of charge and are collected weekly. The City recommends a minimum of one 95-gallon cart for every 7 multi-residential units, however there is no limit on the amount of recycling carts that can be placed out for collection.
Each multi-residential property is supplied with small, in-unit recycling bins to help store recyclable material and transport it to the building's recycling collection area. Once the bins are full they can be emptied into your building's large recycling carts. Please ensure your material is sorted into the appropriate blue (containers) and grey (papers) carts. These bins are available at no charge. If you do not have one, please contact your property manager or site superintendent.
The City of Barrie Hazardous Waste Depot is located at the Environmental Centre at 272 Ferndale Drive North. The depot is open every Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Many retailers will accept hazardous materials at their stores. Visit
www.makethedrop.ca for a list of local retailers and details of their take back programs.
Residents who are interested in starting a free battery recycling program for their building are encouraged to contact City staff at 705-739-4219 or email
RethinkWaste@barrie.ca to get set up.
Bulky items such as furniture, appliances, and construction and renovation wastes are NOT acceptable materials for recycling or garbage containers and should not be stored in your building's garbage and recycling rooms. Contact local charities or a local private hauler that will collect these materials.
Putting empty wine, beer, and spirit bottles into your building's containers carts can increase the cost of a recycling program. Return your eligible beverage alcohol containers for a full deposit refund. Visit bagitback.ca to find a list of local return locations.
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