Learn more about your recycling program.

Recycling Program Transition

As of May 1, 2024, Circular Materials will manage the City of Barrie’s recycling program. This transition will not impact recycling collection frequency and accepted materials.

For information on recycling until May 1, please visit the City of Barrie’s website.

Recycling resources

Learn more about recycling collection in Barrie.

Get in touch

For any recycling collection inquiries, please contact Emterra. They can be contacted for:

  • Replacement bins.
  • Missed collections.
  • Other recycling questions.


Be recycle ready

  • Recycling days will be confirmed within the City’s Curbside Collection Schedule Lookup tool and/or on this website closer to May 1, 2024.
  • Sort your recyclables before placing them in your grey and blue recycling bins. Place paper/cardboard materials in your grey bin and containers in your blue bin.
  • Flatten and break down cardboard boxes to save space on recycling.
  • Clean materials before recycling. Make sure items are free of food, liquid, and residue before placing them in the Blue Box.
  • ​Recycling boxes must not exceed 20kgs (45lbs) per box when placed out for collection. Residential households receive unlimited collection of recycling boxes every week.
  • To prevent debris from blowing out of your paper recycling box please place the recycling box with your containers on top of it. Place lighter items such as shredded paper inside cardboard items or at the bottom of your box to prevent them from blowing out.
  • Empty aerosol cans.
    Remove the lid and dispensing nozzle (if possible) from the empty can before placing in your Blue Box. Aerosol cans that are not empty must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the landfill site.
  • Empty, dry paint cans.
    Remove the lid to allow the remaining paint to dry & place both can and lid in your Blue Box. Can sizes are limited to 4 litres & under. Paint cans that are not empty must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the landfill site.
  • Plastic retail and grocery bags.
    Bags must be clean & empty. Remove any receipts or materials from the bags, put all bags inside one plastic retail or grocery bag or a clear plastic bag, and tie shut before placing in your Blue Box. Please do not use dark garbage bags as the collectors cannot identify if the bag contains recycling or garbage.

    Tip: Do the stretch test! If the plastic stretches when you pull on it, it’s acceptable in the Blue Box (exemption: plastic – clingy / film / Saran – wrap is not accepted).
  • Aluminum trays, pie plates and clean aluminum foil
  • Tetra Pak boxes Juice and milk cartons
  • Plastic food and beverage containers, bottles, jugs, tubs, styrene trays and lids
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars
    No need to remove labels
  • Food and beverage cans
    Push lids down inside, no need to remove labels
  • Spiral cardboard cans
    The plastic strip around frozen juice cans is not acceptable but please include the metal portions
  • Bulk packing styrofoam providing it fits into a standard size blue box
    No styrofoam peanuts
  • Telephone books and magazines
  • All household paper including newspapers, photocopy paper, hardcover books (without the cover) envelopes, gift wrap, cards and paper bags (without foil or plastic coating)
  • Boxboard and egg cartons
    Remove all plastic wrap and food liner bags, flatten box, place inside another box
  • Cardboard
    Flattened and bundled no larger than 75cmx75cmx20cm. Place in or beside recycling box, limit of five bundles per week for each business establishment, no limit for residents
  • medical waste
  • motor oil or pesticide containers
  • ceramics, textiles
  • plastic wrap or plastic toys
  • plastic plant trays & pots
  • paper or waxed cups
  • drinking glasses
  • broken glass
  • dishes
  • light bulbs
  • window panes, mirrors, etc.
  • kitty litter or pet waste
  • wooden orange crates
  • appliances