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December 23, 2009
Holiday collection and Christmas tree pick-up
There are changes to garbage, recycling and organics collection during the holidays for residents who are on the Friday collection schedule.

• Residents who are scheduled to receive their collection on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1, 2010 will not have their garbage, recycling and organics collected on those days. Collection shifts to Saturday, December 26 and Saturday, January 2.

Residents receiving curbside collection may set out any unwanted electronics at the curb on scheduled garbage collection days. Items that are eligible for pick-up include computers, radios, TVs, VCRs and DVD players. For a complete list and proper set out instructions, visit or call 311.

Natural Christmas trees will be collected in January on residents’ scheduled garbage collection day. Residents can check their 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 collected annually are shredded and made into finished compost. Christmas trees diverted from landfill each year help toward achieving Toronto’s goal of 70 per cent diversion.

To prevent damage to Blue, Garbage and Green Bins and for winter safety reasons, residents are asked to please make sure bins don't interfere with snow plows that need to clear both roads and sidewalks. Place collection bins at the foot of the driveway, if you have one. Or shovel out a clearly visible, accessible spot for collection bins. 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. 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:
Anita Zutis, Communications & Marketing Consultant, 416-392-8350,



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