Barrie Environmental Centre 272 Ferndale Drive North (705) 739-4219RethinkWaste@barrie.ca
By rethinking waste, residents can help prolong the life of Barrie's landfill and help contribute to efforts in solving global environmental challenges.
The future of waste management in Barrie includes a Circular Economy. This means we need to rethink the traditional three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and consider the value of materials and products before they become waste. The Circular Economy is about ways to move toward greener, more sustainable options.
How can we do this? It means finding creative ways to make items, use things in new ways or return items so they can be reused. It means reducing food waste, and repairing or sharing things instead of throwing them out.
Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2021 focuses on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. This year's program is structured into seven themes that focus the discussion, promote achievements, and celebrate advancements in each area:
Each day of Waste Reduction Week and its associated theme is presented through the lens of its contribution to advancing a Circular Economy.
The City of Barrie is now picking up textiles
curbside twice a year? The first collection took place in June of 2021 and 64
tonnes of textiles were collected! Two more collections are scheduled to occur
June 13 to 17 and September 12 to 16 in 2022. For more information on the curbside collection program visit Recycling Rewards.
There are textile collection bins at the following City facilities. View the list of accepted items. 100% of net proceeds combat homelessness and addiction and support mental health in the community.
Please contact Recycling Rewards at 1-866-927-3873 or email@example.com if you have questions about the collection bins.
Residents are encouraged to consider donating used clothing through local charitable re-use stores and pick-up services.
Reusable textiles are accepted at the City's landfill donation bins, and there is no fee to drop off these items.
What else can we do to reuse clothing items?
Refresh your wardrobe by sewing your own items and reduce your clothing footprint:
Barrie Public Library Event: Cloth Napkins 2:00pm tp 3:00pm
Learn to sew a mitered corner napkin. Re-purpose your textiles and make reusable napkins to clean up spills or to use as serviettes.
Did you know?
Recycle My Electronics Learning Hub to find the closest electronics drop off location. You can also learn about recycling electronics via fun games, activities, and videos for the whole family!
Plastic - it's everywhere - but it has only existed for the last 60-70 years. One of the advantages of plastic is that it is designed to last, but this same blessing is a curse as nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today.
Learn how to reduce and reuse plastics by visiting the
Plastic Action Centre, an independent source that gathers information to educate, engage, and empower action on plastics.
Canadians Get Creative in Solving Food Waste Problem
Canadian entrepreneurs are getting creative in trying to solve the world's food waste problem. View the CBC News report on several businesses to see how they're developing creative solutions and technology to reduce the tons of food that end up in landfills.
Take the Food Waste Pledge and commit to making choices that will keep your food from becoming waste. You can take the pledge as an individual, school, business/organization, household, or community. There's also a special pledge for kids!
Barrie Public Library Event - Candy WrapperBracelet 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Millions of Canadians engage in the sharing economy everyday—through ride sharing apps, libraries, rental services, online music/video streaming and more. The Sharing Economy shows us how simple it can be to extend the life of everyday products.
New to Me Day in Barrie happens annually in June. 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.
What’s next for the sharing economy? The sharing economy is based on pooling and
exchanging services, resources, goods, time, knowledge and skills. Moreover, the sharing economy's quick development is directly
connected to the development of the internet and technology. Visit Waste Reduction Canada's website to watch a video on The Future of the Sharing Economy.
Barrie Urban Gardeners on Facebook for seed-sharing information and gardening advice.
Become part of a swap, share and repair community. Here are some examples:
Freecycle Network is made up of 5,306 groups with 9,128,842 members around the world, and next door to you. It's a grassroots, non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Barrie Public Library Event - Learn How to Hem Pants 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Learn about the City of Barrie's waste diversion programs in a fun way with our Rethink Waste Sorting Game. Sort materials correctly and "win" fun items to build your own digital park!
Sorting information does not apply to households outside of Barrie.
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