BIG Recycling Collection Changes Coming in 2026

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Heads up! This is a major change. Curbside collection of recycling, as provided by the County of Simcoe for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) sector will cease as of January 1, 2026. The following locations are examples:

  • Businesses
  • Places of worship
  • Daycares
  • Campgrounds (without permanent or seasonal households)
  • Public facing & internal areas of municipal buildings/facilities (e.g., libraries, arenas)
  • Not-for-profit organizations, (e.g., shelters, food-banks)

All properties within the County of Simcoe may bring recycling material to County of Simcoe Waste Management Facilities. As of January 1, 2026 a fee will be charged for the drop off of recycling at these facilities due to increased rates the County will incur for managing recycling.

The County will continue to provide its full curbside collection program, inclusive of recycling, until the end of 2025.

The County encourages small business to advocate to their local Member of Provincial Parliament for small businesses to be included as eligible locations in Blue Box Regulation 391/21.

Click here to download the Quick Facts about this change.

Why is This Changing?

The Blue Box Regulation (O Reg. 391/21) was passed in 2021 by the Province of Ontario. The regulation establishes:

  • that producers of paper products and plastic packaging (recycling) be responsible for handling the end-of-life management of recyclable materials;
  • that producers of recycling are responsible for setting up their own collection system by January 1, 2026 servicing residential locations, elementary & secondary schools, and not-for-profit long term care homes; and
  • that producers are not responsible for collection of recycling from ineligible locations (see above examples).

    A Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) acts on behalf of producers to set up the collection system. As of January 1, 2026:
  • the recycling collection contractor and method of service for eligible locations is established by the PRO; and
  • the PRO will not collect recycling from ineligible source locations as part of the regular residential collection route.

Since the County will no longer provide curbside recycling services to residents the decision has been made to cease curbside service to the approximately 2,100 IC&I units currently receiving collection (representing approximately 1.4% of all serviced units). The reason for this is that:

  • the County has no statutory requirement to provide recycling collection to the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) sector (ineligible sources);
  • Ontario Regulation 103/94 governs blue box recycling in the IC&I sector and outlines that the onus is on those properties to set up their own recycling systems;
  • the cost to provide recycling collection to an ineligible source would be six to seven times the cost required to provide the same service to a residential property; and
  • the recycling collection of ineligible sources would require additional trucks to travel the same County roadways as residential curbside trucks, resulting in a negative environmental impact and substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Why can’t the County continue collecting recycling from IC&I locations?

All municipalities in Ontario, including the County of Simcoe, will be out of the recycling business as of 2026. Under the new regulations, the potential costs to the County to manage recycling is estimated to be six times higher than current rates, placing a heavy burden on our taxpayers.

More details are available at www.simcoe.ca/2026recyclingchange