We would like to apologize for any inconvenience that has been caused by the cancellation of this year's curbside electronics collection. It is our full intent to reinstate the program next year.
Residents are reminded that electronics can be dropped off at a County waste management facility free of charge at any time throughout the year during regular operating hours.
The reason for the cancellation is in relation to the impacts to curbside waste collection currently being experienced in the County. The County has brought in additional contractors to assist in the collection of recycling. It is due to this shift in resources and the high priority placed on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling by our residents, that County Council voted to cancel this year's curbside collection of electronics, which had been scheduled to occur from September 16 through 27, to allow more resources to focus on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling materials through the end of September.
“This decision was not taken lightly by Council or staff," said Warden George Cornell. “We pride ourselves in providing a high level of service and innovative and convenient waste collection programs to our residents. Hearing from our residents the importance of garbage, organics and recycling pick ups, we have taken the necessary action to prioritize these services. We apologize for the inconvenience and please know that staff and Council are working hard to ensure that our contractor meets our service expectations."
These actions are being taken since the County's contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, drivers reaching their maximum legally permitted hours to operate, and increased summer waste volumes. These issues are compounded by the heat and humidity, among other factors. The best way to receive information in real time is through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play free of charge.