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August 31, 2009
Free collection of unlimited garbage and recycling ends
Residents are reminded that free collection of unlimited waste or recycling, a convenience offered to residents directly following the end of the labour disruption, ended Friday, August 28.

Regular procedures for curb-side collection of garbage and recycling are in effect as of Tuesday, September 1, as outlined in the schedules found in residents’ collection calendars (no collection service Mondays).

Garbage and recyclables must be placed in the appropriate bin and set out with the lid closed. Additional garbage beyond what will fit into the bin may be placed in a standard-size garbage bag beside the bin, provided that each bag or item is affixed with a City-issued yellow garbage tag. Overflow recycling must be placed in a clear bag and put beside the Blue Bin on the correct day of collection to receive pickup.

If residents have used up their allotted number of free garbage bag tags, additional tags are available at Toronto Canadian Tire stores at a cost of $3.10 each.

Residents are reminded to follow their collection calendar regarding the day of collection and the material to be collected (for example, do not put out garbage if scheduled for recycling collection).

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:
Vince Sferrazza, Solid Waste Management Services, 416-392-9095,



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