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December 28, 2000
Please Recycle Your Christmas Leftovers
  
Holiday season "leftovers" can have a huge impact on our landfill and recycling
programs. The City of Toronto collects a number of "holiday" items for
recycling.

The following holiday "leftovers" are recyclable: wine bottles, pop cans and
bottles, plastic bottles and jugs, junk mail, flyers, aluminum pie plates and
trays (with food bits removed), paper bags, greeting cards and envelopes, paper
egg cartons, cardboard boxes, catalogues, paper wrapping paper rolls, and even
your Christmas tree.

Christmas trees will be collected in the first few weeks of January for
recycling. Please remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments, stands, plastic bags
and other material that is not part of the original tree. The trees will be
mulched and made into compost. The compost will be available for pick up by
residents at Environment Days and selected depots from April to October.
Compost is also used in city parks.

"We have collected about 75,000 trees each year for the last ten years," said
Kevin Vibert, Senior Analyst, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Solid Waste
Management Services. "These trees are mulched and produce 1,000 tonnes of
compost that can be reused by Toronto residents."

Christmas Tree Recycling Dates:

East York: Weeks of January 8 and 15 - check calendar for specific date
Etobicoke: Weeks of January 8 and 15 - on regular garbage and recycling
collection days
North York: Mondays, January 8 and 15
Scarborough: Weeks of January 8 and 15 - check calendar for specific date
Toronto: Wednesdays, January 17 and 24
York: Wednesdays, January 10 and 17

All other recyclable items should be placed out for pick-up on the regular
collection day.


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