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October 26, 2010
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 October 25 municipal election. The City will accept the three main types of signs - corrugated plastic (also known as “Coroplast”), paperboard, and plastic film (sleeve style) signs - at six Toronto Drop-off Depot locations until Tuesday, November 30.

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 October 28.

Signs must be kept separate from other items that may be included for drop-off at the depot, as charges may apply for these 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 collection calendars.

Election sign recycling details and depot map locators are available online at For more information, call 311 or e-mail

These signs cannot go in curbside or apartment recycling or garbage containers. If a campaign office does not pick up the signs by October 28, residents may remove them and take them to the designated locations.

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Media contact:
Pat Barrett, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4716,



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