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County continues to provide critical waste collection services to residents


Midhurst/April 3, 2020 – The County of Simcoe continues to adapt and adjust its critical and essential services to meet the needs of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, while adhering to public health recommendations.

While essential services continue, the County strongly recommends that residents stay home, practice physical distancing, self-isolate if instructed to, as per provincial guidelines, and do everything they can to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Waste Service Updates:

Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste: In an effort to meet the needs of residents conducting spring yard clean-ups and to help alleviate non-critical visits to landfills for yard waste drop offs, the County will be starting its Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection early on Monday, April 6th with a reduced crew. The early start means we won't be able to put as many trucks on the road as normal, however service will be provided to as many households as possible between April 6 and 17, focusing on high volume urban areas. While you may contact the County at anytime, we encourage residents to leave leaf and yard waste items at the curb on weekdays, as high-volume neighbourhoods will be prioritized. As per the County's waste collection calendar and Simcoe County Collects app, regular bi-weekly spring leaf and yard waste collection will start on April 20 with a set schedule running until June.

Landfills: Four County landfills (Oro, West Gwillimbury, Nottawasaga and North Simcoe) remain open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for urgent business and resident drop off.

General curbside waste collections: We continue to monitor the status of curbside waste collections and commend our waste collection workers for continuing to provide this critical service to our residents in times of need. We also continue to monitor staffing, as collection crews are being impacted with self-isolation requirements. We are doing everything we can to ensure this service is maintained, and collection crews appreciate the support they're receiving from the community.

We recognize that while families and residents are home they may generate more waste, here's a few helpful tips to assist residents with waste disposal:

  • Use your green bin as much as possible
  • Utilize the bi-weekly two garbage bag limit
  • Remember that residential green bin and recycling quantities are unlimited
  • If using your green bin properly, there should be no odours in your garbage. Please find a way to store additional garbage and spring cleaning items until things return to normal
  • Diapers can be placed in a clear plastic bag and set out separately on garbage weeks and do not count towards garbage limits
  • If you have purchased bag tags already, you are permitted to use up to 4 tags bi-weekly for a total of 6 bags.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant 
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch​
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch 
705-734-8386 (mobile)