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February 8, 2001
Works Committee Recommends new Residential Solid Waste By-law to Council
  
As a step towards meeting Council's ambitious waste diversion targets, Works
Committee has recommended to Council the adoption of a harmonized Residential
Solid Waste Collection By-law.

Each former municipality had a different by-law in place to deal with
residential garbage and recycling collection issues, including item limits and
set-out times. Components of each existing by-law have been used to create this
harmonized by-law.

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 (44 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 (6 p.m.
November to April) and no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection in order
for the City to guarantee service. This applies to daytime collection only.

· 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 by-laws. 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 by-law is an attempt to increase recycling, maintain the cleanliness
of city neighbourhoods and combine the existing by-laws into one cohesive
by-law for residents city-wide," he added.

The by-law was developed in consultation with the public, ratepayers
associations and property owners. Once Council approves the by-law, warnings,
and eventually fines, will be issued to residents who do not follow regulations
set out by the city. By-law 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.

This new by-law will ensure that all residents of the City of Toronto are
treated equitably; that education, reuse and recycling are promoted; and that
our streets are kept as clean as possible.

The by-law will be before Council at its March 6-8 meeting.


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