Sustainable Waste Management Strategy

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The City's Sustainable Waste Management Strategy (PDF) provides an action plan for effective, efficient and responsible change to our waste collection, diversion and disposal systems over a 20-year period. It is a community-based plan, with goal, policies and a vision focusing on issues related to Barrie as a whole.

Mission Statement: “To develop a community strategy for sustainable waste management that supports current and future service expectations in a manner that is fiscally responsible, socially acceptable and envir​onmentally sound.”

The City of Barrie’s population has been growing, and over the next 20 years the population is expected to increase to over 200,000 (or by 50%). Ongoing growth means challenges for existing waste management infrastructure; for example, Barrie’s landfill is expected to close in 2035.

Socially acceptable, financially responsible and environmentally sound waste management planning is an important part of Barrie’s long term sustainable growth.

SWMS Guiding Principles

AchievementLead by example with sustainable policies and practices
DedicationSeek integrated waste management solutions including diversion
Collaboration/TransparencyFacilitate cooperation and collaboration, including encouraging partnerships
Service to our CommunityEngage the community to ensure the SWMS meets their needs and objectives
Sustainability/IntegrityRecognize waste is a resource and find solutions that support reduction, reuse, recycling and energy recovery before disposal
Continuous ImprovementInvest in infrastructure with the flexibility to accommodate growth, changing policies and encourage innovation


Implementation Schedule & Priority Initiatives

First Priority (2012-2016) Initiatives