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September 15, 2003
Some North York yard waste collection cancelled this week to prevent spread of Asian Longhorned Beetle
Works and Emergency Services - There will be no curbside yard waste collection
on Tuesday, September 16 for a select number of North York residents who live
in the area bordered by Finch Avenue, north to Steeles and from Highway 400
west to the Humber River. Yard waste collection has been temporarily cancelled
in order to help stop the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

Works and Emergency Services staff is working with City Forestry staff and the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on alternate arrangements regarding when
yard waste collection will resume in the affected area.

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, willow and
fruit trees. The beetle kills trees when their larvae feed within tree trunks
and limbs, causing them to die.

The beetle can be spread by the movement of infested material. Therefore,
residents and hired landscape maintenance companies should not remove any tree
materials (including firewood, pruned branches, grass clippings and leaves)
from affected properties. A local site will be arranged for safe disposal of
this material.

Toronto residents are asked to please be vigilant and report signs of beetle
infestations to CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 or check

Media contacts:

Re: Yard waste collection:
Ron Gordon, Director, Solid Waste Collections, Districts 3&4, Works and
Emergency Services, 416-396-4771

Re: Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation:
Richard Ubbens, City Forester, Parks and Recreation, Economic Development,
Culture and Tourism, 416-392-1894



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