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December 22, 2008
Holiday garbage, recycling and organics collection and Christmas tree pick-up
There are changes to garbage, recycling and organics collection during the holidays for residents who receive regular collection on Thursdays and Fridays.

• Residents on the Thursday collection schedule will not receive collection on December 25 (Christmas Day) or January 1 (New Year’s Day). Collection will shift one day forward to Friday, December 26 (Boxing Day) and Friday, January 2.
• Residents on the Friday collection schedule will not receive collection on December 26 (Boxing Day) or January 2. Collection will shift one day forward to Saturday, December 27 and Saturday, January 3.

Natural Christmas trees will be collected over the first three weeks in January on residents’ regular scheduled collection day. Residents can check their City of Toronto collection calendars for their Christmas tree collection day. Tree bags, tinsel, ornaments, nails, tree skirts, stands, etc., must be removed before placing the tree at the curb. The City will not collect Christmas trees set out in plastic bags or tree bags. Trees should be clear of snow and ice and easily accessible for collection.

The 100,000 Christmas trees that are diverted from landfill each year helps towards achieving Toronto’s goal of 70 per cent diversion by 2010. Christmas trees are shredded and made into finished compost.

In addition, an updated Recycling Card is now available at that includes new additions to the Blue Bin Program (foam packaging items and plastic shopping bags) and also has an updated plastics section.

To prevent damage to Blue, Garbage and Green Bins and for winter safety reasons, residents are asked to make sure bins do not interfere with snow plows that need to clear both roads and sidewalks. Place collection bins at the foot of the driveway, or shovel out a clearly visible, accessible spot for them. Do not put bins behind or on top of snow banks, on the sidewalk or road.

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 contact:
Anita Zutis, Communications and Marketing Consultant, 416-392-8350,



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