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July 31, 2009
City crews begin clean-up of temporary garbage drop-off sites
Workers and equipment from Solid Waste Management Services, Transportation Services and Toronto Water are starting to remove the approximately 25,000 tonnes of waste from temporary garbage drop-off sites across the city. Media are invited to the following sites to observe and photograph the clean-up.

Date: Friday, July 31
Time: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. tonight
Locations: See below

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.

Sir Casmir Gzowski Park
Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., west of Sunnyside Park

Media contact:
Geoff Rathbone,
General Manager Solid Waste Management,
416- 392-1152

Solid Waste Fact Sheet

Resumption of Solid Waste Management services following labour disruption

Solid Waste Management Services will be working on several fronts to resume regular services as quickly as possible. Priorities include emptying and restoring the temporary garbage drop-off sites, clean-up of 5,000 street litter bins and resuming curb-side collection services for residents and businesses.

Temporary garbage drop-off sites
Removal of garbage from both open and closed temporary garbage drop-off sites will begin immediately following Council approval of the new CUPE collective agreements. The 26 temporary sites contain an estimated 25,000 tonnes of garbage.

The goals of the clean-up are to:
• complete the removal of waste from the sites by late Sunday,
August 2
• allow for sites to return to normal operations
• support Caribana by quickly cleaning the sites on Lake Shore Blvd.
• meet Ministry of the Environment Certificate of Approval requirements and observe environmental best practices throughout the clean-up
• return collection crews to curb-side collection of waste, green bin and recycling materials on the first regular collection day i.e. Tuesday, August 4.

The clean-up will take place around the clock, utilizing all available equipment from Solid Waste Management, Transportation Services and Toronto Water. City crews will be supplemented by contract operators where necessary.

Clean-up of the temporary garbage drop-off sites is a large and complex operation that will include:
• removing the fencing and accumulated waste
• sweeping and flushing the sites
• draining basins and vacuuming any water ponding areas
• collecting, treating and safely disposing of all wastewater
• removal of tarpaulins (at the very few sites on soil or grassy areas)
• testing and remediation where sites were adjacent to parks facilities (such as playgrounds and sports fields)

Street litter bins
The City has more than 5,000 street litter bins that have been out of service throughout the labour disruption. These will be emptied and restored to service as quickly as possible, starting Friday, July 31.

Garbage and recycling collection services for single-family homes
Normal collection service will resume on Tuesday, August 4.
Residents should follow their collection calendar regarding day of collection and material to be collected (i.e. do not put out garbage if scheduled for recycling collection). Residents should also return to separating materials and placing them in the appropriate bin.

Residents can put out unlimited waste or recycling for four weeks following the labour disruption (i.e. two garbage pick-ups and two recycling pick-ups). No yellow tags are needed for garbage. Extra recycling should be placed in clear plastic bags. On scheduled pick-up day, leave materials at the curb until collected as crews may be delayed in finishing their routes.

All temporary garbage drop-off sites will continue to accept residential garbage on Friday, July 31 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Check for the list of temporary garbage drop-off sites). On Saturday, August 1, the following five sites only will remain open to accept garbage from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All temporary garbage drop-off sites will permanently close on Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m.:

• Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Arena, 580 Finch Ave. W., in parking lot. Access continues to be available from Finch Avenue while repair work continues, to the sinkholes west of this location.
• Villiers Street, Paved roadway between Saulter St. and Cherry St.
• Centennial Arena Community Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd., enter off Dolly Varden Blvd., south of Ellesmere
• Wilket Creek/Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie St. Enter off Leslie St., just north of Eglinton Ave. E., southern-most parking lot
• Scarborough Arena, 75 Birchmount Rd., in parking lot

All Transfer Stations will be closed to the public starting 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31. Transfer Stations will re-open on Tuesday, August 4. All regular charges will apply.

Leaf and yard waste collection for single-family homes
Leaf and yard waste collection will begin for the Etobicoke area only the week of August 4. The rest of the city will begin receiving yard waste collection the week of August 18. Residents should refer to their collection calendar for their scheduled pick-up day.

Electronics collection for single-family homes
Pick up of electronic waste, as noted in the new collection calendar to begin in August, will now begin in September following Labour Day.

Household Hazardous Waste
The normal depots designated for drop-off of household hazardous waste (HHW) and/or Toxics Taxi pick-up service will also be operating starting the week of August 4.

Collection services for apartments/condominiums and apartments above businesses
Collection at multi-family buildings and single-units located above commercial establishments across the city will begin the week of Tuesday, August 4. Pick-up of garbage, recycling, bulky items and green bin organics will resume on the apartment’s or building’s next scheduled collection day.

The HazMobile and ElectroVan, that collect household hazardous waste and electronic waste respectively, will resume their visitation schedule to those hi-rise multi-family buildings participating in the City's pilot program.

Collection services for Yellow Bag commercial customers
Collection will begin the week of Monday, August 3. Service will resume according to the set out and collection policies established prior to the labour disruption.

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



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