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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;"><p><strong><strong>Waste Facilities Restrictions</strong></strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" rowspan="1" style="width:408.75px;"><p>Updated January 15/21 - As the County’s waste facilities are considered an essential service, they will continue to operate on the 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</a> during the Province-wide lockdown and stay at home order.</p><ul><li>For safety precautions all landfills will utilize cashless transactions (debit and credit only with tap preferred)</li><li>10 customer vehicles allowed on sites at one time</li><li>$10 minimum garbage rate in effect to discourage small, non-urgent loads</li></ul><p>Restrictions related to ​use of the sites, as well as COVID-19 precautionary measures remain in effect.  <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</li><li>Residential units may place out 1 bag of diapers in a clear, sealed bag on their garbage day without additional bag tags </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>
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>
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>