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January 2, 2003
Please recycle your Christmas leftovers
Holiday season leftovers can have a huge impact on the amount of garbage
produced during the holiday season. The City of Toronto collects a number of
holiday items for recycling.

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

In Etobicoke, all holiday food leftovers can be placed into the green bin for
organic collection.

Christmas trees will be collected the weeks of January 6 and 13 for recycling.
Please check your collection calendar for your Christmas tree collection day.
Due to changes in our composting program, 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 made 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 10 years," said
Kevin Vibert, Senior Analyst, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Solid Waste
Management Services. "These trees are mulched and produce approximately 1,000
tonnes of compost that can be reused by Toronto residents."

All other recyclable items should be placed out for pick-up on the regular
collection day.

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



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