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March 6, 2001
Empty Paint and Aerosol Cans plus Milk and Juice Containers Added to Blue Box Program
  
Residents of Toronto can increase their recycling effort with the announcement
today that several new materials are being added to the city's recycling
program.

Starting today, empty paint cans, empty aerosol cans, milk and juice cartons
and drink boxes can be added to the blue box, or recycling cart at your
apartment building.

(Milk and juice cartons have been collected in the former city of North York
for some time. This service is now being extended across the entire city.)

"We want the people of Toronto to feed their Blue Box like never before," said
Councillor Betty Disero, chair of the city's Works Committee. "By putting more
and more materials into the Blue Box, we can divert more waste from landfill
and make Toronto one of the most successful recycling cities in the world."

The introduction of these materials to the city's recycling program will help
the city reach its waste diversion target of 30 per cent by 2003, 60 per cent
by 2006 and 80 per cent by 2009.

"Well done, Toronto! By adding to the list of materials that Torontonians can
recycle, you're showing other Canadian municipalities that you're serious about
diverting waste and conserving our natural resources. It's an important step
toward your diversion goals," said Damian Bassett, president and CEO of CSR:
Corporations Supporting Recycling. CSR is a not-for-profit, national industry
organization that works to implement product stewardship initiatives in
residential waste diversion.

Toronto implemented the Blue Box program in 1988. In 2000, approximately
135,000 tonnes of recyclable material was recovered from blue/grey boxes in
Toronto and diverted from landfill.


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