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December 28, 2001
Please Recycle Your Christmas Leftovers
Holiday season "leftovers" can have a huge impact on our landfill and recycling
programs. The City of Toronto collects a number of "holiday" items for

The following holiday "leftovers" are recyclable: wine bottles, pop cans and
bottles, plastic bottles and jugs (with a 1 & 2 symbol on the bottom), junk
mail, flyers, aluminum pie plates and trays (with food bits removed), paper
bags, greeting cards and envelopes, paper egg cartons, cardboard boxes,
catalogues, paper wrapping paper rolls, and even your Christmas tree.

Christmas trees will be collected in the first few weeks of January for
recycling. Due to changes in our composting program this year, Christmas trees
in plastic bags are no longer accepted. Please remove all lights, tinsel,
ornaments, stands, plastic tree bags and other material that is not part of the
original tree. The trees will be mulched and made into compost. The compost
will be available for pick up by residents at Environment Days and selected
depots from April to October. Compost is also used in city parks.

"We have collected about 75,000 trees each year for the last ten years," said
Kevin Vibert, Senior Analyst, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Solid Waste
Management Services. "These trees are mulched and produce a thousand tonnes of
compost that can be reused by Toronto residents."

Christmas Tree Recycling Pick-up Dates:
  • East York
    Weeks of January 14 and 21 - one day before regular garbage and/or blue/grey box collection. Except Tuesday area - pick up will be Friday of those weeks.
  • Etobicoke
    Weeks of January 14 and 21 - on regular garbage day on the non-recycling week
  • North York and Scarborough
    Weeks of January 7 and 14. If tree is not collected in the first week, it will be collected in the second week.
  • Toronto and York
    Wednesdays, January 16 and 23
All other recyclable items should be placed
out for pick-up on the regular collection day.

For more information on recycling see: age/

Media Contact
Media Contact:
Kevin Vibert, Senior Analyst, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Solid Waste Management Services

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