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April 29, 2011
Recycling election signs in Toronto
The City of Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services division has established a program to ensure that all election signs are recycled after the May 2 federal election. The City will accept the three main types of signs - corrugated plastic/“Coroplast”, paperboard, and plastic film/sleeve style signs - at six Toronto Drop-off Depot locations until Tuesday, May 24.

There is no fee to drop off election signs for recycling if they are properly separated.

“Our goal is to divert as much waste as possible from landfill. We have secured markets to recycle the three main styles of election signs, and assorted posts and hardware,” said Geoff Rathbone, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services.

It is the responsibility of a candidate’s campaign office to remove all signs by end of day May 5.

Signs must be kept separate from other items that may be included for drop-off at the depot, as charges may apply for the other items. Unseparated mixed waste that includes election signs will be charged the regular fee of $100 per tonne of material. Drop-off depot hours and locations are listed in all residential collection calendars.

Election sign recycling details and depot map locators are available online at

For more information, call 311 or e-mail

Election signs will not be picked up from curbside or apartment recycling or garbage containers. If a campaign office does not pick up the signs by May 5, residents may remove them and take them to the designated locations.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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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