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Civic Holiday 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Civic-Holiday-2021.aspx7/22/2021 5:00:32 PMCivic Holiday 2021<p></p><span lang="EN-US"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Waste Collections</span>:</span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p><span lang="EN-US">There will be <strong>no change to your regular waste collection </strong>schedule. To ensure collection, have your materials to the curb by 7:00 AM on your normal collection day. To view special curbside instructions pertaining to COVID-19, <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Facilities-Closed-to-the-Public.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">click here</font></a>.</span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span lang="EN-US">Waste Facility Hours:</span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p><span lang="EN-US">All County Waste Facilities will be <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>closed</strong></span><strong> on Monday, August 2, 2021</strong> for the Civic Holiday.</span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p><span lang="EN-US">To receive direct notifications and view your collection schedule we encourage you to download free Simcoe County Collects app:</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a title="get it on Google play" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span> <a title="Download on the app store " href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:134px;height:40px;" /></a></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p><span lang="EN-US">For more information please contact Customer Service at <a>service@simcoe.ca</a> or call 1-800-263-3199.</span></p><p>​<br></p><p>​</p>
Important COVID-19 NEWShttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Facilities-Closed-to-the-Public.aspx3/17/2020 4:13:12 PMImportant COVID-19 NEWS<p>​​​​​​The County is taking precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Important instructions and impacts related to waste management programs are listed below and will be updated regularly.</p><p>We encourage residents to download the free Simcoe County Collects app available on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a> or the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a> to receive live updates as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Service Simcoe will continue to be operational for Phone or Email service, <a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">service@simcoe.ca</font></a> or 800-263-3199. </p><p><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">Click here </font></a>for more information about COVID-19 as it pertains to other County of Simcoe Services. </p><table class="ms-rteTable-2" cellspacing="0" style="width:635px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-2"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-2" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:117px;height:41px;"><h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2B"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-0">Program / Facility</span></h2></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-2" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:408.75px;height:41px;"><h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2B"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-0">​​Impact​</span><br></h2></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:117px;"><strong>​Bulky Item Collection </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:408.75px;">​Updated April 28/21 - Bulky item collection that normally runs from June through September has been postponed until further notice.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:117px;"><strong>Residential ​Compost Sales</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:408.75px;"><p>​​Updated April 28/21 -In order to ensure physical distancing and reduce traffic at County Waste Facilities, residential compost sales have been postponed until further notice.</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:117px;"><p><strong><strong>Waste Facilities Restrictions</strong></strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:408.75px;"><p>Updated April 8/21 - As the County’s waste facilities are considered an essential service, they will continue to operate through the Stay-at-Home Order declared by the Province on a modified <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=ab133ec8-4c3e-4f4e-8bf2-818b544120a0">pandemic-related schedule - click here for hours of operation</a>. The following restrictions and precautionary measures are in effect:</p><ul><li>For safety precautions debit and credit transactions are preferred</li><li>To ensure physical distancing is maintained at the sites, the number of customers may be limited onsite, resulting in longer than normal wait times.</li><li>When physical distancing is challenging, wear a mask and always keep 2 meters from anyone else while visiting a facility.</li><li>$10 minimum garbage rate in effect to discourage small, non-urgent loads</li><li>If you are sick, self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms, or have recently returned (within 14 days) from travel, do not visit a County waste facility.</li></ul><p> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=ab133ec8-4c3e-4f4e-8bf2-818b544120a0"><font color="#0066cc">Click here for more details</font><font color="#0066cc">.</font></a></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:117px;"><p><strong>Curbside Collection Instructions</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:408.75px;"><p>​​Curbside waste collections are continuing however collection times and operations may fluctuate based on staffing levels. The following safety measures for curbside collection have been put into effect to ensure the wellbeing of our waste collection operators and limit the spread of COVID-19:</p><ol><li>All green bin organic materials <span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">must be bagged</span>, sealed and placed inside green bins. <span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Compostable bags are preferred</span>; however, *plastic bags (clear/grocery) are being accepted on a temporary basis to assist residents with this change </li><li>All garbage must be bagged and sealed properly​<br></li><li>Exercise physical distancing with collection operators </li></ol><p>*Note the County's contracted organics processor is temporarily accepting plastic bags and will continue to separate and divert organic materials in support of the environment. All plastic bags (clear, grocery) will be accepted but must be sealed and placed inside green bins. </p></td></tr></tbody></table>
Bulky Item Collection & Residential Compost / Brush Chip Sales Postponedhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Bulky-Item-Collection-&-Residential-Compost-Sales-Postponed.aspx4/28/2021 1:58:16 PMBulky Item Collection & Residential Compost / Brush Chip Sales Postponed<p>April 28, 2021 - ​The County is taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in order to help protect our residents and staff.  As a result, the following programs have been postponed until further notice:</p><ul><li>Residential Compost Sales </li><li>Residential Brush Chip Sales</li><li>Bulky Item Collection</li></ul><p>To receive direct notifications, keep up with important waste facility and collection updates, we encourage you to download the free Simcoe County Collects app: </p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3" style="color:#2a9cfe;"><strong><a title="get it on Google play" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#0077d8;text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;border:currentcolor;width:132px;height:39px;max-width:100%;" /></a></strong></span> <a title="Download on the app store " href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;border:currentcolor;width:134px;height:40px;max-width:100%;" /></a></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">For more information on other County Facilities visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/covid19">www.simcoe.ca/covid19</a>  or contact Customer Service at<span> </span><a style="color:#0077d8;text-decoration:underline;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span> </span>or call 1-800-263-3199.</span>  </span></p>
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>