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Temporary Waste Transfer Facilityhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Temporary-Materials-Management-Facility.aspx1/26/2021 3:29:22 PMTemporary Waste Transfer Facility<p>​<br></p><p>On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, County Council approved a staff report that provided direction for staff to design and build a temporary materials transfer facility centrally located in the middle of Simcoe County, at the Oro Waste Management Facility. </p><p><strong>About the facility:​</strong></p><ul><li>The facility will be developed at the existing Oro Waste Management Facility on Old Barrie Road</li><li>Once complete, it will receive materials from curbside collection vehicles, where staff will consolidate and load materials into larger haulage vehicles and transport items for processing/disposal</li><li>There will be two buildings constructed:</li><ul><li>Main transfer (garbage one week recycling the next): 120' X 175' approximate</li><li>Organics transfer: building 34' X 50' approximate with additional outside transfer pad with material being transferred to inside organics storage building at end of every operating day. This is not a processing facility. </li></ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Long-term (following completion of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre – ERRC, estimated at 3-5 years) the facility will be repurposed and likely serve as a vehicle maintenance facility for the Solid Waste Management fleet and for a repair, servicing and distribution hub of the automated carts required for our new curbside waste collection contract starting November 2021</span></li></ul><div><strong style="font-size:1em;">​<br></strong></div><div><strong style="font-size:1em;">Why the County is building the facility:</strong><br><ul><li>The County's current waste collection contractor provides transfer services to the County until November 2021</li><li>Under the County's new collection contract, starting November 2021, the County requires materials transfer services. The collections service and the transfer service had two separate RFPs to enable increased bidding opportunities from the private sector </li><li>Materials transfer facilities are severely limited in available capacity within Simcoe County and the recent RFP for these services provided only one response, which was significantly above the budgeted scope for the work</li><li>This limited capacity and increased cost to contract services provides further justification for the Materials Management portion of the ERRC project, and financial analysis confirmed that there are cost savings associated with the County operating this service in-house</li><li>Long-term, the ERRC project, which is currently being reviewed under the LPAT process, will provide the County with a permanent materials transfer facility (operated and owned by the County)</li><li>With delays in ERRC approvals, this temporary facility at the Oro-site will serve as a transfer site until the ERRC is developed</li><li>The Oro-landfill is centrally located and has pre-existing approvals for managing and transferring wastes.  Additional amendments will be required for the transfer operation and the revised tonnage of material that will be going through this facility.</li></ul><strong style="font-size:1em;">Cost:</strong><br><ul><li>The capital cost for the project is budgeted to cost approximately $5.5 million (capital costs)</li><li>By bringing the transfer service in house, the County estimates a 27% saving over the only proposal received through the single RFP response for this contracted service</li><ul><li>The single RFP response proposed transfer of only 50% of the County's required annual tonnages. Unfortunately, the proposed price (when extended to meet 100% of the County's needs) came in nearly 60% higher than our County budget, based on current costs to provide this service</li></ul><li>If the capital costs for the project are amortized over 20 years (significantly less than the useful life of the buildings) the resulting cost comparison indicates that our temporary transfer costs would be half of our existing operating costs for outside transfer.</li><li>Through consultation with our new waste contractor it has been determined that one larger temporary transfer facility is the most efficient and logistically appropriate approach. The County will also be making minor modifications to other landfill sites with existing budget to accommodate transfer support as needed<br></li></ul><p>​</p></div>
Christmas Tree Collection 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Christmas-Tree-Collection-2021.aspx1/4/2021 1:33:29 PMChristmas Tree Collection 2021<p>​Christmas tree collection occurs biweekly in January. Trees must be out to the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of your collection week.  <span style="font-size:1em;">Collection will occur at some time during the week and does not necessarily coincide with your regular collection day. </span><a title="Click here to determine your collection week." href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/schedules.aspx" style="color:#0066cc;font-size:1em;">Click here to determine your collection week</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span>​ To ensure collection, follow these ins​tructions:</p><ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">​Remove plastic tree bags, decorations, and stands. </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">The maximum size is 2 m; if longer, cut into smaller sections. </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">T​rees must be clearly visible and not frozen into snowbanks. Collection crews will not climb snowbanks to retrieve or dig out trees</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">If you have any questions, Service Simcoe continues to be operational for Phone or Email service, </span><a style="font-size:1em;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or 800-263-3199. ​​To determine your collection schedule, download the Simcoe County Collects App </span><span style="font-size:1em;">through </span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or the </span><a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;">​ or</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/schedules.aspx" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">click here​</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">to view your schedule.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" title="get it on google play" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="get it on google play" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span><strong style="color:#2a9cfe;"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" title="Download on the app store " style="color:#000000;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="Download on the app store " style="margin:5px;width:134px;height:40px;" /></a></strong> ​</span></p><div><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=5481d9fb-267d-4d0c-9251-19b6ecca57cd"><font color="#0066cc">Solid Waste Management​</font></a><br></div><p><br> </p>
Styrofoam Must be Bagged as of January 1, 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Styrofoam-Must-be-Bagged-as-of-January-1,-2021.aspx12/10/2020 2:22:48 PMStyrofoam Must be Bagged as of January 1, 2021<p>​Planning a trip to the landfill? Please ensure that all Styrofoam packaging is bagged prior to arrival or it will not be accepted. This policy takes effect January 1st, 2021. </p><p>Bagging Styrofoam will reduce the impacts of windblown litter and contamination of other diversion materials at the landfill. Any type of bag can be utilized, as long as it can be secured in such a way that prevents the loose material from falling out.</p><p>Styrofoam is not accepted in the County's recycling program; tipping fees will be applied.</p><p>If you have any questions, Service Simcoe continues to be operational for Phone or Email service, <a>service@simcoe.ca</a> or 800-263-3199. ​​</p>
Seeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project.aspx9/21/2020 2:28:06 PMSeeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Project<p>In long-term care, outdoor settings and natural elements can provide restorative and stress reducing benefits for residents and incite new opportunities for social interaction among seniors! </p><p>The County of Simcoe is actively seeking sponsorship or donations towards the Sunset Manor courtyard redevelopment project in the way of contributions towards a Gazebo, permanent seating areas/benches, durable planting containers, perennial and annual plantings.</p><p>Any person(s) or businesses interested becoming a sponsor for this project or being involved ongoing, please contact Sharon Youell at 705-726-9300 extension 1286.                 </p><p>Thank you to all<br></p><p></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%202.jpg" alt="Screen 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%20%203.jpg" alt="Screen 3.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p>​<br><br></p>
What to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Dayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/wastedelays9/8/2020 10:33:53 PMWhat to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Day<p style="text-decoration:underline;">​​​​​For current waste collection impacts, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=235f6302-c503-4433-8033-10b029a61b2a">click here​</a>.​​<br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">W</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e apolo</span><span style="font-size:1em;">gize for the delays and impacts to your curbside waste collection services. We know that waste collection is an essential service and that's why we do everything we can to work with our contractor to get waste materials off the streets each week.</span></p><p>Our contractor, like many other providers in the waste industry, has experienced challenges finding equipment operators. COVID-19 precautions, weather impacts and increases in recycling volumes also impact service levels. <br></p><p>Our goal is to pick up your materials on your scheduled day each week. We have worked with our contractor to minimize impacts and assist residents in knowing what to do when misses occur. <br></p><p>As always, please remember to leave material out between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on your regular collection day. To speed up collection on recycling weeks, ensure all your items are <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0dc3300a-81b0-4068-8f79-88319d2964d1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">recyclable</span> </a>and cardboard is flattened and bundled (max. 75 x 75 x 20 cm).</p><p>If your area is missed, please take the following steps:<br></p><ul><li>Place materials out the following day by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. (one extra day <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span>)</li><li>If collection doesn't occur the following day, please hold your materials until Saturday, when trucks will be returning to missed areas and place materials out by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. <br></li></ul><p style="font-size:1em;display:inline;">​​​​​​The County communicates collection impacts for your specific location and updates on returns through the Simcoe County Collects app, which is free to download <br></p><span style="font-size:1em;">on </span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or the </span><font color="#0066cc" style="font-size:1em;"><a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130" style="font-size:1em;">App Store</a>.<a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"></a></font><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Notices are also posted on </span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">www.simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. I</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f you did not receive collection service by end of day Saturday please contact Service Simcoe at 1-800-263-3199 or </span><a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><div>​<br><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><div><div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">​Click ​<a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/gro.aspx">here</a> for more information on setting out waste to help increase timely and efficient collection. </span><br><p> </p><p><br></p></div></div><br></div></div>
What to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Dayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/What-to-do-if-Your-Material-is-Missed-on-Collection-Day.aspx9/8/2020 10:33:53 PMWhat to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Day<p style="text-decoration:underline;">​​​​​For current waste collection impacts, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=235f6302-c503-4433-8033-10b029a61b2a">click here​</a>.​​<br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">W</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e apolo</span><span style="font-size:1em;">gize for the delays and impacts to your curbside waste collection services. We know that waste collection is an essential service and that's why we do everything we can to work with our contractor to get waste materials off the streets each week.</span></p><p>Our contractor, like many other providers in the waste industry, has experienced challenges finding equipment operators. COVID-19 precautions, weather impacts and increases in recycling volumes also impact service levels. <br></p><p>Our goal is to pick up your materials on your scheduled day each week. We have worked with our contractor to minimize impacts and assist residents in knowing what to do when misses occur. <br></p><p>As always, please remember to leave material out between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on your regular collection day. To speed up collection on recycling weeks, ensure all your items are <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0dc3300a-81b0-4068-8f79-88319d2964d1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">recyclable</span> </a>and cardboard is flattened and bundled (max. 75 x 75 x 20 cm).</p><p>If your area is missed, please take the following steps:<br></p><ul><li>Place materials out the following day by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. (one extra day <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span>)</li><li>If collection doesn't occur the following day, please hold your materials until Saturday, when trucks will be returning to missed areas and place materials out by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. <br></li></ul><p style="font-size:1em;display:inline;">​​​​​​The County communicates collection impacts for your specific location and updates on returns through the Simcoe County Collects app, which is free to download <br></p><span style="font-size:1em;">on </span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or the </span><font color="#0066cc" style="font-size:1em;"><a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130" style="font-size:1em;">App Store</a>.<a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"></a></font><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Notices are also posted on </span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">www.simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. I</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f you did not receive collection service by end of day Saturday please contact Service Simcoe at 1-800-263-3199 or </span><a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><div>​<br><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><div><div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">​Click ​<a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/gro.aspx">here</a> for more information on setting out waste to help increase timely and efficient collection. </span><br><p> </p><p><br></p></div></div><br></div></div>
Georgian Residences COVID-19 Outbreak Declared Overhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/georgian-residences-covid-19-outbreak-declared-over.aspx8/4/2020 6:12:16 PMGeorgian Residences COVID-19 Outbreak Declared Over<p><strong>​August 4, 2020</strong></p><p>Following extensive rapid COVID-19 testing at Georgian Residences Retirement Home, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that there are NO other positive cases among staff or residents.</p><p>Unfortunately, we are sad to report that the County has been informed that the 90-year-old resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. We extend our condolences to the resident's family and friends. </p><p>The health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our priority. Our highly trained staff are committed to tackling this difficult situation and we appreciate the messages of support and encouragement from families during this challenging period. We know that the outbreak protocols​ were difficult for residents and families, however, these additional precautions were imperative to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus and keep residents safe. The outbreak at Georgian Residences has now been declared over and the COVID protocols have been lifted. </p><p>From the outset of the pandemic, the County followed extensive health protocols to minimize the risk to our residents and staff. To date, the County of Simcoe's four long term care and seniors services facilities, which provide care to 1,300 seniors, have limited the impact of COVID-19 in our facilities, and we will continue to rely on the most up-to-date public health guidance to safeguard our residents and staff.</p><p>We will keep residents, families and staff updated as we continue to do everything we can to keep everyone safe.</p><p>Jane Sinclair<br>General Manager, Health and Emergency Services<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Expanded Visitation Announced by Provincehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/expanded-visitation-announced-by-province.aspx7/20/2020 4:13:58 PMExpanded Visitation Announced by Province<div>As the province moves into phase three of reopening, the County is excited to have received further details and directives from the Province and our regional Chief Medical Officer, that enable us to safely expand family visitation at our four Long-term Care Homes and Seniors Services facilities.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Back in March the provincial government announced measures to restrict visitation to Long-term Care and Seniors Services facilities to protect seniors – the population most vulnerable and susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. The County has worked closely with the provincial government and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to comply with these orders, as well as additional mandated public health protocols to protect our residents, our staff, and our local communities.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has experienced just one positive case among more than 1,300 seniors we serve. This case was successfully contained through rigorous infection control measures and the individual has fully recovered and is doing well.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Our enhanced infection control precautions have been difficult for many residents and their families and we appreciate everyone's continued patience and understanding during this pandemic. We have had to make hard decisions regarding visitation, and we know the separation from loved ones continues to take a toll on families and residents. We’ve tried our best to provide opportunities to connect virtually, keep families updated on our status through town halls and communications and, most importantly fill the social engagement void by providing more one-on-one interaction between staff and residents as much as possible.<br></div><div><br><span style="font-size:1em;">Our enhanced staff screening and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) measures will remain in effect for the foreseeable future to continue to limit transmission and reduce the risk to residents and staff</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. In keeping with the Ministry of Long-term Care announcement, the County is gradually increasing visitation at Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene, Simcoe Manor in Beeton, Sunset Manor in Collingwood, and Trillium Manor in Orillia:</span></div><div></div><div><ul><li>Outdoor Patio Visits – Effective immediately, up to two (2) people at a time may visit one of our residents at a pre-arranged outdoor meeting. Confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required</li><li>Indoor Visits – Starting July 22, indoor visits for up to two (2) people at a time can be arranged, providing the necessary negative COVID-19 test is obtained within 14 days of the visit</li></ul></div><div>Given the detailed requirements for indoor visits, we ask that families do not contact our staff to schedule a time until Monday of next week. We will provide additional details of this new process as soon as our team has had an opportunity to complete a comprehensive review of all requirements.<br><br></div><div>Though we are cautiously optimistic that this is a very significant step in the right direction, the County must also echo the statement by Minister of Long-term Care Merrilee Fullerton, and request that visitors to our facilities remain vigilant for the health and safety of residents and staff. Regular handwashing and sanitizing remain crucial. Please do not visit any of our facilities if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, has had or is suspected of having COVID-19. Though we are making great strides towards a new normal, the pandemic is not over, and we must continue to exercise caution, particularly when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our beloved seniors.<br></div><div><br></div><div>We are very happy to be able to deliver this positive update, and on behalf of all our staff, we thank you for doing your part during this difficult time to keep our homes safe.​​<br></div>

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