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June 25, 2009
City opens 19 residential garbage drop-off sites Thursday afternoon
  
The City of Toronto opened 19 temporary waste sites for disposal of residential and Yellow Bag garbage today starting at 3 p.m.. These will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, and will supplement the seven waste transfer stations already in operation.

When bringing waste to a drop-off site, residents should combine Green Bin materials with other garbage. The waste must be 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 sites and residents are asked to be patient and cooperative.

A map of the city indicating the locations of all the garbage drop-off sites including transfer stations can be found at www.toronto.ca. The locations are as follows:

Ted Reeve Arena
Northeast corner of Main St. & Gerrard St. E.
Villiers St.
Paved roadway between Saulter St. and Cherry St.
Sunnyside Park
Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., between Ellis Ave. and Colborne Lodge Dr. (must be east-bound on Lake Shore to access)
Sir Casmir Gzowski Park
Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., west of Sunnyside Park (must be east-bound on Lake Shore to access)
Eglinton Flats (1)
Enter off Eglinton Ave., east of Jane St.
Eglinton Flats (2)
Enter off Emmett Ave., west of Jane St.
Etienne Brule Park
Old Mill Rd. at Catherine St., east of Humber River
George Bell Arena
215 Ryding Ave., south of St. Clair Ave. W., east of Runnymede Rd.
Christie Pits
Enter off Crawford St., north of Bloor
North Toronto Memorial Arena
North of Eglinton Ave., east of Oriole Pkwy., enter off Edith Dr.
Moss Park
South of Shuter St., north of Queen St. E., west of Sherbourne St.
North York Centennial Centre
580 Finch Ave. W., in parking lot
Caledonia Park
1135 Caledonia Rd., in parking lot
Earlscourt Park
West side of Lansdowne Ave., north of Davenport Rd.
Taylor Creek Park
Enter off Haldon Ave., in parking lot at end of roadway
Scarborough Arena
75 Birchmount Rd., in parking lot
Wishing Well Park
In parking lot, north of 401, west side of Pharmacy Ave. (south of Sheppard Ave. E.)
York Mills Arena
2539 Bayview Ave., enter off York Mills Rd., east of Bayview
Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
51 Beechgrove Dr., in parking lot at end of Beechgrove Dr.

The 19 temporary drop-off locations were selected based on the following criteria:
• the site is a City-owned property;
• preference is given to existing paved or gravel 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 by the drop off sites.

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

All Toronto residents are asked:
• Not to throw garbage onto streets, into laneways or parks
• Not to leave waste in or around City 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 site, as well as other locations like City parks or streets. City bylaw officers will monitor the sites and the fine for illegal dumping starts at $380.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
City of Toronto Media Relations line during the labour disruption - 416-338-7768

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Below is the information that will be provided in advertising that will appear tomorrow.

Houses

Residential curbside garbage, Green Bin and recycling collection is cancelled
in all areas of the city except Etobicoke.

All city-wide yard waste, white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves), household hazardous
waste, ElectroVan and HazMobile collection is cancelled, including in Etobicoke.

Residents are encouraged to properly package and store their garbage where
possible. Continue to separate Green Bin materials, recyclables and other
garbage. Please do not place any items out at the curb.

For houses with no collection services:

During the labour disruption, you may drop off your garbage at one of
seven City transfer stations or at one of the 19 temporary drop-off locations
across Toronto. Hours of operation and directions are provided below. You
may experience delays at the sites. The City appreciates your patience,
understanding and cooperation during this time.

Please continue to store recyclables, yard waste and bulky items until the labour
disruption is resolved. Once your Blue Bin is full, continue to store recyclables in
clear plastic bags. Residents should continue to separate Green Bin materials from
other garbage until they require disposal. When bringing materials for disposal,
please combine Green Bin materials with other garbage, place in securely tied,
double plastic bags and bring to any of the drop-off locations.

To minimize the amount of waste, please:
• Postpone garden trimming and pruning
• Use a backyard composter for yard waste and organics (no meat or dairy
products should be composted)
Residents are asked:

• To help elderly and persons with disabilities in their neighbourhood by offering to take their garbage to the designated nearest drop-off locations
• Not to throw garbage onto streets, into laneways or parks
• Not to leave litter or waste at litter bins. These will not be emptied during the disruption.
Deliveries of pre-ordered new and additional residential Garbage and Blue Bins will continue.

Existing requests for repairs or exchanges of residential bins will be postponed until the labour disruption has ended.

When the labour disruption ends, residents will be able to put out their additional garbage, without requiring the use of a bag tag, and it will be picked up free of charge.

Apartment Buildings and Condominiums

Apartment and condominium superintendents: please visit the City of Toronto website at www.toronto.ca to determine if collection at your building will continue.

Please have containers ready for collection the night before as collection times and days may vary.

Commercial - Yellow bag program customers only
• Yellow bag program collection is cancelled.
• Yellow bag customers may deliver their waste to a transfer station or one of the 19 temporary drop-off free of charge. There is no need to use a yellow bag. Please double bag waste in
regular plastic garbage bags.
• Yellow bag customers dropping off a large number of bags should be prepared to show either a business card or business letterhead to identify
themselves as program customers.
Commercial - all other businesses (non-yellow bag customers)
• Commercial waste from all other businesses will be weighed and subject to a $100 per tonne tip fee. All odorous commercial waste must be
double bagged.

Transfer Stations

Two transfer stations will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accept both residential and commercial garbage:

Bermondsey Transfer Station
188 Bermondsey Rd. (Eglinton Ave. E. & Victoria Park Ave. area)

Ingram Transfer Station
50 Ingram Dr. (Keele St. & Eglinton Ave. W. area)

In addition, five transfer stations will be open 12 hours a day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, to accept both residential and commercial garbage.

Disco Transfer Station
120 Disco Rd.
(Dixon Rd. & Carlingview Dr. area)

Dufferin Transfer Station
35 Vanley Cr. (Chesswood Dr. & Sheppard Ave. W. area)

Victoria Park Transfer Station
3350 Victoria Park Ave (Victoria Park Ave. & Finch Ave. E. area)

Commissioners Street Transfer Station
400 Commissioners St. (Lake Shore Blvd. E. & Logan Ave. area)

Scarborough Transfer Station
1 Transfer Pl.
(Markham Rd. & Sheppard Ave. E. area)
Residential temporary drop-off sites

Nineteen drop-off sites are now available for use by residents only. These sites will be open 12 hours a day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
All residential waste will be accepted free of charge. All must be double bagged.
Ted Reeve Arena Northeast corner of Main St. & Gerrard St. E.

Eglinton Flats (1) Enter off Jane St.

Eglinton Flats (2) Enter off Emmett Ave.

Sir Casmir Gzowski Park Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., west of Sunnyside Park (must be east-bound on Lake Shore to access)

Sunnyside Park Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., between Ellis Ave. and Colborne Lodge Dr. (must be east-bound on Lake Shore to access)

Wishing Well Park In parking lot, north of 401, west side of Pharmacy Ave. (south of Sheppard Ave. E.)

Etienne Brulé Park Old Mill Rd. at Catherine St., east of Humber River

George Bell Arena 215 Ryding Ave., south of St. Clair Ave. W., east of Runnymede Rd.

York Mills Arena 2539 Bayview Ave., enter off York Mills Rd., east of Bayview

North Toronto Memorial Arena North of Eglinton Ave., east of Oriole Pkwy., enter off Edith Dr.

Moss Park South of Shuter St., north of Queen St. E., west of Sherbourne St.

North York Centennial Centre 580 Finch Ave. W., in parking lot

Caledonia Park 1135 Caledonia Rd., in parking lot

Earlscourt Park West side of Lansdowne Ave., north of Davenport Rd.

Taylor Creek Park Enter off Haldon Ave., in parking lot at end of roadway

Scarborough Arena 75 Birchmount Rd., in parking lot

Villiers St. Paved roadway between Saulter St. and Cherry St.

Christie Pits Enter off Crawford St., north of Bloor

Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant 51 Beechgrove Dr. In parking lot at end of Beechgrove Dr.

Residents and businesses with questions about contingency plans may contact Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 / TTY 416-338-0889 or accesstoronto@toronto.ca.

Access Toronto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents may call after normal business hours when call volumes may be lower. Updated information about all City services, programs and facilities is also available at http://www.toronto.ca.

Public information:
call Access Toronto, seven days a week, 24 hours at day, at 416-338-0338


 

 

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