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July 15, 2009
Three more temporary garbage drop-off sites opened, three will close
The City of Toronto will open three more temporary garbage drop-off sites at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 16 for the disposal of residential and Yellow Bag garbage, and will close three temporary drop-off sites that are at capacity.

Three temporary drop-off sites will close
The sites at Earlscourt Park, Ted Reeve Arena and Wishing Well Park have reached capacity and will close at 7 p.m. today.

Three new temporary drop-off sites, open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., seven days a week:

Clairlea Park Arena - parking lot
45 Fairfax Crescent
West of Warden Ave., north of St. Clair Ave. E.

Campbell Park - outdoor rink
225 Campbell Avenue (near Lansdowne and Dupont)
Enter off Campbell Ave., north of Wallace Ave.

L'Amoreaux Park - parking lot
100 Silver Springs Blvd.
East of Birchmount Rd., north of Finch Ave. E.

These sites continue to supplement the seven waste transfer stations that have been in operation since the beginning of the strike.

The City's temporary drop-off locations were selected based on the following criteria:
* the site is a City-owned property;
* preference is given to existing paved areas to minimize environmental impacts;
* is close to and reasonably accessible by the community;
* has vehicular access;
* there is reasonable distance away from residential buildings; and
* has the capacity to hold a large volume of waste if necessary.

Garbage stored at the temporary sites will be contained within a fenced enclosure. Residents must place all waste in the fenced area only. The sites will have 24-hour security and will be monitored by City staff. The locations will also be managed with professional pest and odour controls. All sites have received approval from the provincial Ministry of the Environment for use as temporary garbage storage sites. Inspectors from Toronto Public Health will monitor the sites to ensure public health is not compromised. Once a site is closed, it will continue to be patrolled by both security and City staff and all health and environmental protection measures will continue to be implemented.

When bringing waste to any drop-off site, the public should combine Green Bin materials with other garbage and ensure it is double-bagged and securely tied. Residents can also help elderly and disabled neighbours by offering to take their garbage to a drop-off site. It is possible these locations may be picketed, so there may be delays at the site and residents are asked to be patient and cooperative.

Residents should continue to store recyclables, yard waste and bulky items until the strike is over. They should also postpone garden trimming and pruning and backyard compost yard waste and organics where possible. Once their Blue Bin is full, residents should store recyclables in clear plastic bags.

All Toronto residents are asked:
* Not to throw garbage onto streets, into laneways or parks
* Not to leave waste in or around City street-side litter bins. These will not be emptied during the disruption.

The City will not condone illegal dumping, which would include dropping waste near, but not within the fencing of the drop off sites, as well as other locations such as City parks or streets. City bylaw officers will monitor the sites and the fine for illegal dumping starts at $380.

A map of the city indicating the locations of the temporary garbage drop-off sites including the seven transfer stations can be found at These sites will accept waste from people living in houses, apartments and condominiums and from those living above commercial businesses, as well as waste from the City's Yellow Bag commercial customers (business identification may be required).

Media contact: City of Toronto Media Relations line during the labour disruption - 416-338-7768
Public information: call Access Toronto, seven days a week, 24 hours at day, at 416-338-0338 or email



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