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November 3, 2008
Introducing Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Fee Program
This week marks the start date for the City’s new Solid Waste Management Fee Program for households receiving curb side garbage collection service (fees were effective this past July 1st for multi-unit residential buildings). The new billing practice charges residents for the amount of garbage they set out for collection in their new grey Garbage Bins. All garbage must be set out in Garbage Bins or tagged with a City bag tag to receive collection (one tag per garbage bag). There continues to be no charge to pick up Blue Bin recyclables, Green Bin organics and leaf and yard waste.

The City of Toronto is now sending one Utility Bill that includes separate charges for water billing and Solid Waste Management Fees. The new Utility Bill will go out according to the current water billing schedule. Residents can expect to see their fee and appropriate rebate (equal to the average amount collected through the tax bill) pro-rated over the year.

The revenue generated by the fees will fund significant new diversion initiatives designed to drive the City’s overall diversion rate to 70 per cent. Some of these new initiatives include bringing Green Bin organics collection to apartments and condominiums, introducing new recycling materials and creating a new curbside reuse/recycling program for household durable goods such as mattresses, furniture and electronics. Once fully established, the new bin-based system for both garbage and recycling will make collection more efficient across the whole city. Just several months after switching from blue/grey boxes to Blue Bins, Toronto neighbourhoods improved their recycling rates by 10 to 15 per cent.

In late October, all residents were mailed five free yellow garbage bag tags to be used for overflow garbage. Residents should call 416-392-BINS (2467), if five days prior to their next scheduled garbage pick-up day, they don’t have either a Garbage Bin or bag tags.

For more details about the Fees/Utility Bills, visit
For more details about the new Bins Program, bag tags and Target70 Plan, visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre), Chair of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee, 416-392-0204,; Geoff Rathbone, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, 416-392- 4715,



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