Barrie aims to reduce waste, cutting garbage service to once every two weeks
Published Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:40PM EDT
A once-a-week chore for tens of thousands of people in Barrie is about to change.
City council wants to reduce curbside trash pickup to once every two weeks as part of a move to try to keep more trash out of area landfills.
For Hank Theriault, putting just one garbage bag out to the curb once a week is tough enough.
“We get by with it, but if we cut it back to two every two weeks, that's going to be difficult,” he says.
But that's exactly what Theriault and the rest of Barrie will be doing. The city is changing its pickup schedule. Come 2015, you'll still see the recycling and organics trucks out every week. But garbage will be picked up every two weeks, and each home will be allowed to put out two bags.
For some, the change won't be a big deal.
“I just put out one bag, and if it's two bags every two weeks, it shouldn't affect me at all,” says Larry Hayward.
But for others, it will be a big adjustment.
“One of the biggest complaints is how not only are we allowed one bag per household, but if we have two bags, we have to pay the $3,” says Judy House. “And now we're talking possibly four bags sitting in our garage waiting for somebody to pick up.”
After these changes are put into place on Jan. 1, 2015 the hope is that more people will start using their blue and green boxes so less waste is being brought to the city's landfill.
A number of communities are already on a biweekly pickup schedule including Aurora and Newmarket.
“In Peel Region, in Guelph, and other southwestern communities they have implemented the biweekly garbage pickup,” says Barrie Coun. Lynn Strachan. “And they've seen an increase in diversion and it's also benefited them from a tax savings perspective.”
According to council, making this move will save the city and taxpayers $400,000 a year. It should also get more people to think twice about what they're throwing out.
“I think it will, I really do,” says Martin Desilguy. “I think it's been proven in other areas, so why not Barrie?”
The city is planning to host a few information sessions before the new pickup system hits the road.