Changes Coming to Curbside Collection

There are many changes coming to curbside waste collection in Barrie between 2024 and 2026. Starting May 1, 2024, collection will look different for residents and businesses.

New Collection Contractor Starting May 1, 2024  

The City will have a new waste collection contractor (Emterra Group) effective May 1, 2024. This contractor will be responsible for garbage, organics and yard waste collection. Your collection day may change to balance the routes. The collection schedules as of May 1, 2024 will be detailed in the City’s 2024 Waste Collection Calendar and are posted through the Curbside Collection Schedule Lookup tool.

Many aspects of the residential curbside collection program will stay the same. However, there will be several changes:

Recycling Program Transition Starting May 1, 2024

Residential recycling (blue and grey box) material will no longer be collected by the City effective May 1, 2024. A not-for-profit organization called Circular Materials will be financially responsible for collecting and managing residential recycling in Barrie, through a contractor. At this time, there are no anticipated changes to the materials residents can recycle.

This change comes as part of a provincial regulation (O. Reg. 391/21: BLUE BOX), where all Ontario municipalities are transitioning to a “producer responsibility model”. Companies (also known as “producers”) who supply recyclable materials will be responsible for the collection and recycling of these materials.

Visit to learn more about the transition of the recycling program. will have Barrie-specific recycling information posted closer to May 1, 2024. Residents can also call Circular Materials directly for recycling-related questions at 1-877-667-2626.

Automated Cart Collection Starting September 8, 2025

The City will move to automated cart collection service on September 8, 2025. Automated collection is when the driver uses a mechanical arm on the side of the truck to lift and empty carts containing waste materials. This is like the system used in Simcoe County. Benefits of automated cart collection:

  • Automated cart collection supports worker health and safety by removing heavy lifting. It’s anticipated this will lead to faster collection times.
  • Automated cart collection is more efficient compared to manual collection, so fewer resources will be needed on the road.
  • Carts are easy to roll, and don’t need heavy lifting or dragging.
  • Carts keep neighbourhoods cleaner by keeping waste contained and protected against wind and animals. 

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