Garbage collection changes take effect Monday in Orillia, Simcoe County

Orillia allowing one untagged bag per household

The City of Orillia has adjusted its waste collection set-out regulations to help residents that may have additional garbage due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Garbage is still being collected every other week but, effective immediately, each household will be allowed to place one bag of garbage at the curb without needing a garbage tag until April 24. Any additional garbage bags will require a City of Orillia garbage tag. There is no limit to the number of garbage bags that can be set out with a garbage tag.  

“By allowing one bag of untagged garbage to be set out per household until April 24, we are helping residents dispose of the additional waste they may be producing as a result of self-isolating or increased sanitizing because of COVID-19,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Please only set out what you need to; this measure isn’t meant to accommodate spring cleaning purging or home renovations. We are looking to help out those who have more garbage because of COVID-19 and may not be able to go out to buy garbage tags.”  

When setting out garbage, recycling and green bin materials, please respect the following rules:

  • All green bin organic materials must be placed in a certified compostable bag or liner.
  • All garbage must be bagged and sealed properly. Anything not bagged will be left behind.
  • Diapers must be placed out in clear, sealed bags without requiring a garbage tag.
  • Bulky items are not permitted.
  • Respect our collection drivers: exercise social distancing of at least two metres.
  • All materials are to be set out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.
  • All garbage bags must not weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs).

The County of Simcoe has made the following adjustments to curbside waste collections, effective March 23:

  • All green bin organic materials must be bagged, sealed and placed inside green bins 
  • Compostable bags are preferred; however, plastic bags* are being accepted on a temporary basis to assist residents with this change
  • All garbage must be bagged and sealed properly
  • Residential units may place out diapers in clear, sealed bags on their garbage day without additional bag tags
  • Exercise social distancing with collection operators

*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, garbage) will be accepted but must be sealed and placed inside green bins.