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April 27, 2001
Council approves new residential solid waste bylaw
  
Works and Emergency Services - Council has approved a new residential
solid waste bylaw as a step toward meeting the City's ambitious waste diversion
targets.

Each former municipality had a different bylaw in place to deal with
residential garbage and recycling collection issues, including bag limits and
set out times.

Components of each existing bylaw have been used to create this harmonized
bylaw.

Highlights include:
  • Mandatory recycling for locations receiving municipal garbage collection.
  • A limit of six garbage items (containers, bags or bulky items) per
    household each collection day.
  • A maximum weight of 20 kg (40 lbs) for containers and bags.
  • Garbage, recyclables, yard waste and items for special collection may be
    placed at the curb no earlier than 8 p.m. the night before collection and no
    later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection in order for the city to guarantee
    service (no earlier than 6 p.m. from November to April).
  • A revised set of fines, which vary from $55 to $105 depending on the
    severity of the infraction.

    "The City is currently enforcing six different solid waste bylaws. Because of
    this, we are unable to provide consistent information or equitable service
    across the city," said Angelos Bacopoulos, General Manager, Solid Waste
    Management Services. "This new bylaw is an attempt to increase recycling,
    maintain the cleanliness of city neighbourhoods, maintain health and safety
    standards for our workers and combine the existing bylaws into one cohesive
    bylaw for residents city-wide."

    The bylaw was developed in consultation with the public, ratepayers
    associations and property owners. Warnings and eventually fines will be issued
    to residents who do not follow regulations set out by the City. Bylaw
    enforcement focuses on the most serious infractions only. Based on current
    practices, education provided directly by staff usually removes the need for
    warnings or tickets to the resident. The number of bylaw officers will not
    increase as a result of the harmonized bylaw.

    This new bylaw will ensure that all residents of the City of Toronto are
    treated equitably, that reduction, reuse and recycling are promoted, and that
    our streets are kept as clean as possible.


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