County of Simcoe begins rollout of new garbage and recycling bins today

Delivery of the new waste collection carts, three in all, begins today and will continue until the end of October

Simcoe County residents, outside of Barrie and Orillia, start getting a special delivery today.

Delivery of the new waste collection carts, three in all, begins today and will continue until the end of October.

The carts will be left at the end of driveways, but are not to be used until November 1.

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Still some concerns from residents about the bins. Some complaining they’re too big to fit in their small one-car garages. The county’s Willma Bureau gives assurances it’s alright to leave the bins outside, “The lids on the carts and the locking mechanism on the organics cart, really make it more protective. The organic cart for sure makes it difficult for critters to get in there. Those lock-in mechanisms are engineered and designed with the assistance of a raccoon behaviour specialist to really mitigate that issue.”

Also, some concern that seniors and those with disabilities will have trouble moving the larger carts. Bureau says the carts are easy to use. The wheels on them make it very easy to roll and manoeuvre them.

Something else to remember… you can’t take them with you if you move. “The carts have a serial number on them and are associated with the property that they’re distributed to. So if you do move, they’re supposed to stay with the property. And we ask people not to exchange them with their neighbours or move them to another location.”

Bureau is confident, based on the success of the bins in Toronto, that Simcoe County residents will come to like them, “We’re asking people to reserve judgment until they actually use them for a little while. And then we think that they will find that they are a lot better.”