Garbage Collection & Tag Program


General Enquiries
Solid Waste Management
100 Kitchener Street, Orillia, ON L3V 6Z9

Phone: 705-325-3522
Fax: 705-326-1339

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For Garbage Tag Inquiries, contact
the Environmental Services Dept.
40 Kitchener Street, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6Z9

Phone: 705-326-1502
Fax: 705-326-1339

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The City will mail the next set of 25 garbage tags at the beginning of June. These tags are your allotment to cover the period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Additional garbage tags can be purchased at the City Centre, the Waste Diversion Site and at the following retail stores:

ORILLIA POWER CORP.                        360 West St. S.
ZEHR'S MARKETS                                 285 Coldwater Rd.
METRO                                                    70 Front St. N.
PHARMA PLUS DRUGMART                 58 Mississaga St. E.
DUFFY'S QUICK MART                          1035 Mississaga St. W.
PIONEER ENERGY                                 425 West St. N.

All garbage must have a full tag used for collection. No tags are needed for green bin/yard waste (excluding grass clippings), recycling materials, or diapers in clear bags. There is a weight limit of 20 kg (44 lbs) per bag or container.

Questions? Call 705-325-3522 or visit

Starting on September 21, 2015, garbage (and diaper) collection moved to every other week. Recycling and green bin/yard waste are still collected weekly. Collection is delayed by one day after a statutory holiday as noted in the below Collection Calendar.

All garbage placed at the curbside must have a City of Orillia garbage tag. Garbage tags have been successful in encouraging waste reduction. Please see our Solid Waste Collection Guide (Garbage)  for full details on setout requirements.

Note: Tags are not needed for green bin/yard waste, recycling materials, or diapers in clear bags.

View Our Instructional Video On Orillia's Garbage Tag Program & Green Bin Program.

Where to Get Garbage Tags

As of July 2016, each residential and commercial unit will receive 25 garbage tags each year. These pink tags are mailed out in early June as the tag year runs from July 1st of one year to June 30th of the following year. If you need more garbage tags, they can be purchased in sets of five for $10 ($2.00 each) at the following locations:

Orillia Power Corporation - 360 West. St. S.
Zehr's Markets - 285 Coldwater Rd.
Metro Food Stores - 70 Front St. N.
Pharma Plus - 58 Mississaga St. E.
Duffy's Quick Mart - 1035 Mississaga St. W.
Pioneer Energy - 425 West St. N.
City Centre - 50 Andrew St. S.
Waste Diversion Site - 100 Kitchener St.

Waste Collection- 7am

Garbage, recycling, and green bin/yard waste must be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. to ensure collection. Even if your waste is usually collected later in the day, it should still be out by 7:00 a.m. to ensure collection. This is because on occasion, collection times may change due to construction activities, new routes, replacement drivers for when a driver calls in sick, etc. Thanks for your cooperation.  

Garbage - Weight & Container Size Limit

There is a weight limit of 20 kg (44 lbs) for garbage bags or cans set out at the curb in Orillia. Please note that if your garbage weighs more than 20 kg, it will not be collected. This policy is in place because our collection crew have a lot of lifting to do in a day, and can be injured by repeatedly lifting heavy bags and cans. For example, in one day, a collector can lift up to 14 tonnes of garbage alone! Your cooperation is appreciated.

There is also a garbage container size limit of 133 litres (35 gallons) in Orillia. Any container over this size is considered a storage bin and garbage bags placed in such a bin will each require a garbage tag.

Removing Bulky Items from Your Home

Although the City of Orillia does not offer a bulky item collection service, there are several options for removing large items from your home including:

  1. There are local waste removal companies that are willing to come to your home and remove large bulky items you no longer want or need for a fee. Look in the Yellow Pages™ under "Rubbish Removal" for a listing of these companies.
  2. Most stores that deliver appliances and mattresses will also remove the used item. 
  3. Place the item at the curb with a "Free" sign on it. Scrap metal items are also normally picked up.
  4. The Treasure Hunt Program runs on the 3rd Weekend of the month from May to October to encourage the re-use or recycling of large household items.  It's like a community garage sale!! Leave unwanted but still useful household items at the curb after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the event weekend and remember to remove all uncollected items by Sunday at 11:00 p.m. 
  5. For refrigerators and freezers 20 years of age or older, call the Ontario Power Authority for free pickup at 1-877-797-9473 or visit Some conditions apply.
  6. Post items for free on the Freecycle website and someone else can pick it up. Visit for more information.

Please call the Waste Diversion Site at 705-325-3522 for more information.

Instructional Video on Orillia's Garbage Tag Program & Green Bin Program (NOTE: Cooked meat, bones and dairy products are now accepted in Orillia's Green Bin Program).

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