City pushes residents to act green

The City of Barrie is launching an awareness campaign to get more residents thinking green to divert waste from the landfill.
The campaign includes an animated video and interactive website with facts and tips on how we can start to rethink waste.
“Currently, 70 per cent of Barrie residents do not use their green bin and I believe we can do better than that,” says John Thompson, Director of Environmental Services. “What we’re trying to do this year is get residents to rethink waste, not only to extend the life of the landfill, but also so that residents are prepared for upcoming changes.”
Beginning April 7 additional items can be added to the blue box such as empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans and plastic bags. Also effective April 7, collection days will change for some residents. These collection route changes can be found on and notifications will be sent to affected residents.
Starting in January 2015, Barrie households will receive collection of two-bags/cans of garbage every other week. However, the organics and recycling will continue to be picked up every week, with no limit on the amount. The City says the new changes to curbside collection are financially and environmentally responsible, and need to be part of long-term sustainable growth.
“This is about rethinking waste and what we do with it each week. Garbage is waste that cannot be reused, composted, or recycled. Recycling is household containers and paper products. The green bin (organics) is for food scraps, food-soiled paper, and meat, bone and dairy products.”
Barrie’s current residential diversion rate is 45.39 per cent, which places the City 37th in Ontario for 2012 residential waste diversion, but third in its municipal group. The residential diversion rate is based on the percentage of waste including recycling and organics and other material that is reported to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) that is kept out of the landfill.
“Garbage is expensive,” says Thompson. “The cost of closing a landfill is estimated at over $6.5 million, and after closure it is estimated that the cost of the closed landfill will be approximately $500,000 per year for the first 25 years. But if we start rethinking waste, and using the green bin we will save money while helping the environment.”
If you need a green bin or recycling box, you can have one delivered for free by calling 705-739-4219. Barrie residents can also pick up another green, grey or blue bin at no cost by visiting the Environmental Centre, located at 272 Ferndale Drive North, Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., or at the Hazardous Waste Depot (272 Ferndale Drive North), on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Residents can put out as many green bins and recycling boxes as needed providing they do not exceed the weight restriction of 20kgs (45lbs) per container.