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September 29, 2003
Yard waste collection resumes in area infested by Asian Longhorned Beetle
  
Curbside yard waste collection will begin this week in the areas of north west
Toronto affected by the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Specifically, yard waste will
be collected on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 for a select number of North York
residents living in the impacted area, currently identified as from Finch
Avenue, north to Steeles and from Highway 400 to the west, east to Keele Street.

On Thursday, October 2, 2003, yard waste will be collected from a triangular
area of north Etobicoke within Ward 1 bordered by the west branch of the Humber
River to the south, Islington to the west and Albion Road to the north east.
In each case, there will be a dedicated City of Toronto collection vehicle
assigned to service the infested area to help ensure no Asian Longhorned
Beetles are transported outside the infested area.

Works & Emergency Services staff, working with City Forestry staff and the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has identified a local site within the
infested area for safe disposal of potentially infested yard waste materials.
Residents in these impacted areas are asked to be patient regarding the exact
timing of their yard waste collection. It may take the dedicated City truck
more than a day to collect all the yard waste set out. Residents should leave
their yard waste out at the curb, as it will be collected as soon as possible.

The City yard waste collection truck will only pick up yard waste materials,
which include plant and tree trimmings, weeds and leaves. The City of Toronto
does not collect grass clippings as either yard waste or garbage. This
designated yard waste truck will not pick up any tree branches from residents'
properties. Urban Forestry Services will dispose of any branches or tree debris
left at curbside by chipping it up using special equipment.

Because the beetle can be spread by the movement of infested material,
residents and hired landscape maintenance companies or property management
companies should not remove any tree materials (including firewood, pruned
branches, grass clippings and leaves) from the infested area. Toronto
residents are asked to please be vigilant and report signs of beetle
infestations to CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 or check www.inspection.gc.ca
Additional information is also available on the City's web site at
http://www.toronto.ca/trees

While the beetle poses no threat to public health, nor will it infest homes or
workplaces, this beetle is known to attack and kill healthy broadleaf trees
including all species of maple, elm, ash, poplars, alder, linden and willow.
The beetle kills trees when their larvae feed within tree trunks and limbs,
causing them to die.

Media contacts:
Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation:
Richard Ubbens, City Forester
416-392-1894

Yard waste collection:
Ron Gordon, Director, Solid Waste Collections,
Districts 3&4
416-396-4771



 

 

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