Barrie. Environmental Services Department

Organics Collection

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Record #: BAR2268 Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 Last Full Update: 10 Apr 2014
Office Phone705-739-4219
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Primary ContactTracy Quann-Strasser, Waste Reduction Co-ordinator; Phone: 705-739-4220 ext 5822; Email:
Primary ExecutiveSandy Coulter, Manager of Environmental Operations; Phone: 705-739-4220 ext 5826; Email:
Address272 Ferndale Dr N
Barrie, ON
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Address NotesLandfill Site
IntersectionFerndale Dr N and Edgehill Dr
AccessibilityNot Accessible
Mailing AddressPO Box 400 
Barrie, ON L4M 4T5
DescriptionAll single family dwellings are encouraged to participate in Barrie's curbside organics collection program by separating everyday organic waste from garbage and placing organics bins out on their regular collection day ACCEPTABLE ITEMS * all food scraps and leftovers including fruit and vegetables, meat and bones, dairy products, breads and grains, rice and pasta, eggs and eggshells, cooking oils and grease, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags * wet and soiled paper including soiled newspaper, soiled paper towels, soiled paper plates, microwave popcorn bags, fast food drink trays and cups, cheesy pizza boxes, paper take-out containers, napkins and tissues, muffin paper cups and paper egg cartons * also included are sawdust, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks (wooden), wood wine corks, wood ashes (cold), dryer lint and dust, hair and pet hair

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS * plastic bags, plastic food liner bags, drinking straws, sandwich bags, plastic wrap, milk bags, plastic plates and cutlery * recyclables including glass, metal/aluminum, Styrofoam, plastic containers, milk and juice cartons, Tetra Pak boxes * pet waste including kitty litter, animal waste, dead animals, cage bedding * bathroom items including diapers, personal hygiene products, incontinence products, baby wipes, cotton swabs and medical wastes (e.g. bandages, gauze) * textiles such as fabric, rugs, carpets, vacuum bags and contents * other unacceptable items include construction and demolition waste, sod, soil or rocks, wax and gum, ceramics, treated wood, hazardous waste and cigarette butts Leaf and Yard Waste are not included under the organics program, they will collected separately under the Leaf and Yard Waste Curbside Collection Program The curbside organics bin must be at curbside by 7am * the collection vehicle (a split garbage/organics truck) will keep the materials separated and transport the organics to an off-site processing facility where it will be turned into compost * ensuring proper separation of the organic materials by residents, will increase waste diversion and help create finished compost of useable quality
Sup. DescriptionOn April 7, 2014 changes to the curbside collection schedule took place. Approximately 6000 households were affected by either a new collection day or a new leaf and yard waste schedule (identified as A or B week in the Waste Reduction & Community Information Calendar). Affected households received notices in the mail. The collection schedule has been re-aligned with the onset of a new waste collection contract with Progressive Waste Solutions. The changes will improve collection efficiencies and minimize travel times for the trucks There are three ways to confirm how or if your address is affected: 1.Visit Discover Barrie ( and search your address. Click on City Services > Garbage Collection, then Searches in the top left corner. 2.Call 705-739-4219, 8:30-4:30 Monday – Friday. 3.Provide your address to the City via Facebook, at Sending a direct message with your address is recommended.

Bin Liners

Residents may line their containers with certified compostable liners/bags with approved logo, newspaper, box board, paper bags, leaf and yard waste bags, paper grocery bags, paper take-out bags, paper pet food bags, paper florist bags, or food boxes * residents may also wish to wrap organics in newspaper before placing it in the kitchen organics bin * this will help to reduce odours and absorb moisture * plastic shopping bags are not accepted in the City of Barrie's Organics Program because they do not breakdown and therefore contaminate the finished compost material

Examples of the approved logos can be found on the City of Barrie website or in the Community Information and Waste Reduction Calendar

Organic Collection Kit

If you are a new resident in a single family dwelling and have not received an organics collection kit, please call 705-739-4219 to arrange to have one delivered or pick up kit up at Environmental Centre at 272 Ferndale Drive N

Should residents require extra curbside carts, they are available at Home Depot and Canadian Tire * kitchen bins are available at Allandale Home Hardware * yard waste is collected in a separate truck so please continue to separate yard waste from organic waste in a separate container

Service Details
HoursResidents are required to place garbage, organics, recyclables and yard waste at curbside on their collection day by 7am to ensure collection * collection trucks will not be sent back into areas where these materials have been placed out late
DatesThere is no garbage, organics, leaf and yard waste collection on statutory holidays * when this occurs, collection will be one day later for the remainder of the week * collection does occur on Boxing Day, Remembrance Day and Easter Monday
Areas ServedBarrie
EligibilitySingle Family dwellings in the City of Barrie
Legal Status(10) Local Government
SubjectsGarbage collection ; Recycling