County reopens select landfills, transfer stations for essential use

The County of Simcoe is reopening select landfills and transfer stations to
the public to support our small essential businesses and our residents’ urgent/essential
waste disposal needs during this uncertain time.

Four geographically strategic County waste sites (North Simcoe, West Gwillimbury, Nottawasaga and
Oro) are scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 30th at 9 a.m. These four facilities will be fully
operational Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm only, until further Government restrictions occur or
staffing challenges arise. Sites will be closed to the public on Saturdays and all other site
locations will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. The County and its
front-line staff ask that residents follow all Public Health recommendations and use the landfill
for critical or essential drop- offs only. If you are in self-isolation, stay at home. Store
materials at your home if possible; don’t make any unnecessary visits to the sites.

“We made the initial decision to close these sites to the public in order to comply with public
health and safety recommendations, as well as in response to an alarming number of non-essential
visits to the sites by residents who were in clear violation of public health recommendations to
stay home,” Warden George Cornell said. “We can’t stress enough how important it is for residents
to stay at home to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 by limiting the spread of this virus. If you
are self-isolating due to any symptoms or have recently returned from travel outside the country,
please don’t put our staff, other residents and our communities at risk. Stay home, utilize our
continuing curbside collections and do your best to find a place to store non-urgent household
items that require diverting or disposal until we return to regular operations.”

In the past week, the County has significantly enhanced procedures at these four sites to provide
additional safety and physical distancing measures for staff and customers. In addition, the County
is responding to provincial requests to maintain essential services, especially those for small and
vulnerable businesses. To maintain curbside waste collections for all households in the County, our
staffing levels at some select landfills and transfer stations must be maintained for drop-off,
landfilling and haulage of curbside materials. To avoid jeopardizing the health of staff, other
customers and the continuation of curbside waste collection services for all, please adhere to
these restrictions and Public Health recommendations.

Safety measures and restrictions:

• The safety of our staff and customers is paramount, and the County is
taking extra precautions
with its front-line staff, including:
• Speaker systems installed at weigh scales to allow for staff/customer transaction through a
closed window
• Increased sanitization and PPE requirements for staff

• Implementing a $10.00 minimum flat fee limit for all residential car and truck drop-offs to
reduce scale contact with customers and discourage small, non-urgent/critical loads (mattresses
and fridges will be charged separately as always)
• Debit and credit only from an exterior terminal - tap is the preferred option
• Removing split load charges, thus reducing multiple interactions between customers and staff
at the weigh scale; however, customers must separate materials into designated areas
• Limiting vehicles entering the facility at any given time to reduce contact among customers
and
employees - this could lead to longer wait times
• Staff will no longer support individuals with unloading items from customers’ vehicles
• Additional social/physical distancing measures will be put in place for all interactions
between
customers and staff
• Increased safety and instructional signage must be obeyed

Residents are reminded to utilize curbside organics and recycling, and the two-bag garbage limit on
garbage collection weeks as the best means to dispose of their usual household materials. Organics
and recycling quantities for curbside collection are unlimited. Please continue to use your green
bin as much as possible, and bag and seal your organics and garbage to protect the well-being of
collection crews. Diapers can also be set out in sealed clear bags on garbage weeks and won’t be
counted against garbage bag limits.

Residents are urged to download the Simcoe County Collects app, as hours and operations may
fluctuate based on staffing levels. Service Simcoe is also open to field inquiries by phone and
email Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 705-735-6901 or serivce@simcoe.ca.

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