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April 17, 2000
Swing into Spring with Environment Days
Works and Emergency Services -- Environment Days turn 10 this year! Starting
April 15, Toronto residents can get into the swing of cleaning out their
basements and garages and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by taking
unusual waste, such as computer equipment and electronic hardware, to an
Environment Day. Toronto councillors and Toronto Works and Emergency Services
department host the events. More than 25 events will be held across the city
from April 15 to September 16.

In 2000, residents will be able to practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) by
dropping off walking aids such as walkers, wheel chairs, and canes. People can
drop off non-perishable food items for local food banks. They can also buy an
outdoor water efficiency kit and reduce outdoor water waste. Tips on water
reduction in the home and natural lawn and garden care will also be available.
To find out more about Environment Days in their neighbourhood, residents
should call the Event Line at 416-392-9585.

This year's Environment Days have the following activities and services:

- Buy an indoor or outdoor water efficiency kit for $15
- Buy a composter for $15
- Buy a rain barrel for $50

- Donate non-perishable food items
- Pick up free leaf compost for your garden
- Drop off small appliances in good or repairable condition, eyeglasses, books,
hearing aids and walking aids
- Donate computer parts and electronic hardware
- Drop off clothing
- Participate in a paint exchange

- Dispose of household hazardous waste safely
- Pick up a blue or grey box
- Drop off Brita filters
- Drop off rubber tires (up to five per household)

All items collected for reuse at the Environment Days will be distributed to
not-for-profit groups. Residents who are unable to attend can still help the
environment by calling 416-392-9573 to purchase a composter or 416-392-4546 to
inquire about purchasing an indoor water efficiency kit or a Peak Pail
(contains devices that reduce water waste outdoors).

Last year, more than 18,000 people attended 27 events, diverting more than
84,000 kilograms of waste from the landfill.

Environment Days schedule

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