Garbage debate continues: Simcoe County discusses shrinking size of garbage carts

Simcoe County mayors know some residents don’t like the size of garbage carts currently being delivered to neighbourhoods.

Which is why they inquired about getting smaller-sized carts for people in townhouses or condominiums at a .

Starting Nov. 1, all Simcoe County municipalities, except Barrie and Orillia, are switching to an that uses wheeled carts.

The carts are standardized, with 100-litre/120-litre for organics, 240-litre for garbage, and 360-litre for recycling.

About half of the 450,000 new carts have already been delivered to homeowners.

“In my community, there is great support for the automation, but a number of people have a concern about the size,” Collingwood Mayor Brian Saunderson said. “I’d like to see us look at ways to accelerate the option for smaller sizes.”

Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bifolchi said residents in lifestyle communities like Stonebridge By The Bay, or Parkbridge Communities, have condo regulations to follow.

“I’m being told they can’t have these (carts) sitting out,” she said. “I think we need to explain what interaction and consideration was given for those communities when the recommendations were coming forward to have the large bins for everyone.”

She said most residents would know if they needed a smaller bin for waste items.

Adjala-Tosorontio Mayor Floyd Pinto suggested council should allow any resident to choose a smaller sized cart — not just ones in a condo or townhome.

He also inquired if people with disabilities were considered before the county approved the carts.

“It wasn’t required to go through the accessibility committee,” collections manager Willma Bureau said. “We went through a sufficient procurement process to ensure accessibility was considered in the process.”

Pinto said seniors, or people who use a mobility device, would face challenges in moving these carts.

As council agreed to postpone further discussions for a specific waste workshop in October, Bradford West Gwillimbury deputy mayor James Leduc asked if staff could make a rush order now for smaller bins.

“The longer we wait, the longer it will take (for delivery),” he said.

His request was turned down in favour of waiting for the workshop debate.