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November 17, 2003
Rake it up! City yard waste collection finishes end of November
The City of Toronto's weekly yard waste collection service finishes on Friday,
November 28. The City will not be collecting yard waste after this date. For
the two weeks remaining in the yard waste collection season, pick-up is
scheduled weekly (check local collection calendars). Collection crews,
anticipating that there could be large amounts of yard waste set out curbside,
may take a day or two extra to complete collection, so residents are requested
to leave yard waste out past regular pick-up day, as it will be collected as
soon as possible.

Richard Butts, Director of Toronto's Solid Waste Collections, Districts 1 and
2, urges the public, "Basically, we're asking residents who haven't started
yet, or for those who haven't finished cleaning up their properties, to get
their rakes in hand. Fill your kraft paper bags or open-top containers and
bundle up your branches and set them out for curbside collection before the end
of November. Other years when the leaves fell late into the season, we've
extended service to accommodate the weather, but, clearly, this year the leaves
are down. It's last call for collection."

Residents who miss out on the last collection may consider storing some leaves
to add to their backyard compost bins over the winter or raking them into their
gardens, adding organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Another option is to
use leaves as mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to protect them after
the ground freezes.

The City collects leaves, plant/tree trimmings, weeds, brush and tied bundles
of branches (less than three feet in diameter and four feet in length). This
year, the City will take pumpkins, but does not collect fruit, vegetables,
soil, sod, grass clippings or tree stumps as part of its yard waste composting
program. Acceptable containers include reusable containers (any rigid open-top
container like an extra garbage can, bushel basket or green plastic waste bin
sold by the City for $6) or kraft paper yard waste bags. The City cannot
collect yard waste in plastic bags.

To view residential collection calendars on-line:
For more information about how to participate in yard waste collection service:

Media contact:
Richard Butts, Director, Solid Waste Collections Districts 1 and 2,



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