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Setting Out Your Carts

​Special instructions for winter


  • ​​When shovelling, clear a flat spot at the end of your driveway or at the curb for your carts
  • Place carts within eight feet of the traveled portion of the road, which ensures the automated arm can reach while allowing room for snow clearing​ equipment to pass
  • Don't place carts behind or on top of snowbanks​​​​
  • To prevent material from freezing or sticking, line your organics carts with newspaper or paper egg cartons
  • Inclement weather or poor road conditions may result in the cancellation of collection services, download the Simcoe County Collects mobile app​ to receive alerts specific to your collection area


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How to get rolling…

​​When you receive your carts, write your address in the white space on the side of each cart with a marker. The serial numbers on your carts are assigned to your address, so do not exchange carts with others. 

Carts remain the property of the County of Simcoe. Report a broken, lost or found cart to service@simcoe.ca or 1-800-263-3199.​

Setting out ​your ​carts​

Roll-out 2​ carts by 7 a.m. on collection day and remember to:

  • Place carts on a level surface within eight feet of the traveled portion of the road, avoiding low hanging branches
  • Remember the Rule of 2: Set out carts 2 feet apart, with 2 feet between your cart and any other objects
  • Point the arrows on the carts towards the street and handles towards your house
  • ​Set out your green cart out unlocked (only place it​ out locked to deter critters - the latch will open automatically during the collection process)
  • Do not over-stuff carts, fill loosely, ensure lid is fully closed
  • Do not use bungee cords or other items to keep the cart lids closed​​    ​

Do I have to bag my materials?

Bagging instructions remain unchanged. Each cart is slightly different from one another:
  • Recycling: Recyclables are to be placed in the cart with the blue lid and should NOT be bagged (with the exception of shredded paper) 
  • Garbage: Garbage may be bagged or loose 
  • Organics​: We recommend organics be bagged using certified compostable bags or wrapped in newspaper to minimize sticking inside the cart, reduce odours, etc.

​What if I have extra material?

  • Additional recycling must be placed in clear plastic bags or blue bins​
  • Garbage tags must be purchased and affixed to any additional garbage. Max. 5 bags, size and weight restrictions apply
  • Multiple bags of additional materials can be set out next to one another, providing they are at least 2 feet from carts to allow for automated cart collection​