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July 15, 2013
Update on special garbage collection for flood-damaged materials
The City of Toronto is continuing to provide special garbage collection for damaged materials due to flooding following the intense rainfall on July 8.

Due to the significant volume of materials that need to be collected, additional time is needed for collection crews to reach all areas of the city. Residents are asked to be patient but can be assured their waste will be collected. They should also be aware that regularly scheduled garbage, recycling and organics collection resumes this week.

Urgent changes to collection
In order to allow for the continued special garbage collection, leaf and yard waste will not be collected west of Yonge Street for the week of July 15. Residents in this area should set out their leaf and yard waste on their next scheduled collection day.

Flood-damaged items, including bulky and oversized material, will be collected in a separate vehicle and should be left at the curb until they are picked up (this may take a few days). The special garbage collection is being provided as a benefit to residents affected by flooding. Please do not use this special collection for the cleanup of garages, basements, etc. that were not affected by the flood.

Bulky items such as couches, mattresses or other furniture do not need to be dismantled. Carpet must be tied in rolls measuring 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length. Smaller items should be placed in garbage bags, or bundled/taped for easier collection; no City-issued Bag Tag required. Each bag or roll of carpet cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs).

The City cannot collect household hazardous waste (i.e. paint cans, fluorescent lighting tubes/bulbs) or any construction/renovation waste (i.e. drywall, wood).

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Siobhan Ramsay, Senior Communications Co-ordinator
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