Do new curbside rules apply to you?

Barrie’s new garbage collection system began last Monday, with some residents now putting their garbage, recycling and organics at the curb on a different day.
Residents can also pitch new items into their blue boxes, such as empty aerosol cans, empty dry paint cans and plastic bags. To find a a map of the new curbside collection routes, click here. The changes are part of a new waste collection and processing contract with Progressive Waste Solutions.
Progressive will be using a fleet of 19 compressed natural gas trucks: eight garbage and organics trucks which are split 70/30 to keep the materials separate, and nine recycling trucks, split 60/40 between grey and blue box materials. The compressed natural gas trucks offer several benefits over diesel, such as:
• Affordable: substantially reduced fuel costs when compared to diesel
• Clean: Twenty three per cent less greenhouse gas emissions, compared to diesel
• Quiet: 10 decibels more quiet than a diesel truck
• Foreign fuel independence: Ninety eight per cent of fuel supplied from the US and Canada.
The trucks are also equipped with new technology features to enhance customer service and improve safety, including In Vehicle System (IVS) with GPS tracking and four on-board cameras. Residents who are unsure if they are affected by the route changes can confirm by:
• Visiting Discover Barrie and search your address (click on City Services> Garbage Collection, then ‘Searches’ in the top left corner)
• Calling 705-739-4219 (8:30 – 4:30, Monday to Friday)
• Providing your address to the City via Facebook – sending a direct message with your address is recommended.