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August 20, 2008
Media Advisory: Toronto’s Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) test ways to improve waste diversion opportunities at City events
Public events often create significant amounts of waste. The City of Toronto, in keeping with its goal to achieve 70 % waste diversion from landfill by 2010, is partnering with greenTbiz on a trial program for outdoor public events to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The pilot project will prompt event attendees to think and act green. The goal is to keep the recyclables and organics generated at these types of gatherings separate from the garbage requiring landfill disposal. This new approach will be tested at two upcoming special events - Buskerfest, August 21-24 and the Cabbagetown Festival, September 6 -7.

Event: Buskerfest in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA (Church & Front Sts.)
Date/Time: August 21, 12 p.m. to August 24, 8 p.m.

Event: Cabbagetown Festival in Old Cabbagetown BIA (Parliament & Carlton Sts.)
Date/Time: Sat., Sept. 6 (9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Sun., Sept. 7 (11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

The City of Toronto will set up and monitor 10 waste stations at each of these events. The clearly marked stations will offer organics, recycling and garbage bins. Large flags titled ‘Recycling and Organic Diversion Station’ will be visible across the event to locate each station.

greenTbiz is a program developed by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) to assist Toronto’s 66 BIAs and their 27,000 members with energy conservation, environmental programs, general education and awareness so that the BIAs become greener places to live, shop and play. Visit for more information on the TABIA program or for more information on the City’s 70 % Waste Diversion Plan.

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:
Chantal Brundage, greenTbiz Program Manager, 416-697-9000,
Lino Pessoa, City of Toronto, Manager Litter Operations, 416-677-0678,



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