City offers three free garbage bag tags to deal with spike in household waste during COVID-19 distancing

Recognizing that household waste levels may be higher now that residents are staying home due to coronavirus distancing measures, the City is offering three free garbage tags to households who need them.
Residents who require garbage tags can email or call Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 and provide their name and address. Tags will be mailed out. Three garbage tags per residential address can be requested. The City asks that only one additional bag (with a tag) be used per collection week. The deadline for tag requests is June 30, and residents may only make a request once during this time period.
Currently in Barrie, curb-side collection is occurring as scheduled, wit​h the usual limits: two standard size bags every other week (max. weight of 45 lbs. per bag), and unlimited green bins and recycling boxes every week. If you have additional garbage, the additional bag must be tagged with a City garbage tag and attached to the neck of the garbage bag. Tags cannot be affixed to bulk items.

Keeping drivers safe:

In an effort to keep curb-side collection drivers safe during this time, the City is asking residents to place facial tissues, paper towels and napkins in a securely tied garbage bag instead of the green bin.
We also remind residents to sort garbage, green bin and recycling material properly, and ensure that cleaning wipes go in the garbage. They cannot go in the green bin and should not be flushed. If not sure where an item goes, check the City’s online look up tool at  
All collection trucks are equipped with sanitizer and the contractor has masks and gloves available for all collectors.
In addition, the City’s annual Spring into Clean events that happen in late April have been cancelled. The City will continually update its website at as the situation changes. For updates and information on COVID-19, visit
Useful resource numbers:
• Service Barrie: 705-726-4242
• Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520 or
• Ontario 211: Community and Social Services: call 211 or visit
• Canadian Mental Health Association:
• Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or