Simoce County Council has given approval to the next phase of reopening landfills during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Matchedash (Site 8) site near Coldwater will remain closed. A staff report indicates employees are unable to ensure physical distancing from customers while assessing waste materials, there is no reliable power supply necessary for electronic payment and there is no running water.
Staff did agree to a request from Severn Township Deputy Mayor Jane Dunlop to reach out to Georgian Bay Township in Muskoka to see if Severn residents could have access to the Port Severn landfill due to the continued closure of the Matchedash site. Dunlop said residents currently have to travel to a landfill further away in Oro-Medonte.
Two other landfills will also reopen May 25, Tosorontio (Site 13) in the south part of the County and Mara (Site 7), south of Washago. Tosorontio will operate three days a week and Mara will be open two days a week, with the same staff group at both sites to maintain infection control.
Hours at all solid waste management facilities will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm rather than the current 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The sites that were reopened in the first phase, Oro, Nottawasaga, Bradford West Gwillimbury will continue to operate five days a week.
The staff report indicates the new site openings will provide greater disposal options to County residents which should reduce wait times at the four currently operating sites. The four locations are experiencing ongoing daily car counts every operating day only normally associated with peak seasonal times. At the Nottawasaga site near Stayner, user wait times have been as long as 90 minutes.
The landfill changes do not affect the cities of Barrie and Orillia.