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Automated waste and recycling cart collection deemed a success

November 17, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

One year after the start of automated waste and recycling cart collection in Simcoe County, the program has proved to be a success.

“Over the past 12 months, the County has asked residents to work with us as we introduced significant changes to modernize and improve our waste collection system,” said Simcoe County Warden George Cornell. “I speak for County councillors from our 2018 to 2022 term and staff in expressing our gratitude to all our residents for adapting to this significant change. After one year of automated carts, we’re seeing a number of benefits, including improved consistency, [a] reported increase in resident satisfaction and convenience, and growth in our green cart organics capture rates, which is a pleasant surprise. We know there’s still tweaks to work out, and I’m confident that our staff and the next Council will continue to listen and support all our residents.”

Eight per cent of residents who completed a recent waste survey reported that they are either satisfied or very satisfied with the new automated cart collection. Residents appreciated the increased capacity, and ease of movement for the carts, and the lids.

Seventy-five per cent of residents indicated that they are using their green cart all the time.

Calls or emails reported as concerns or complaints have decreased by 59 per cent from 2021 to 2022.

The County is reporting that delays in collection “almost never occur.”


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