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August 4, 2009
Media Advisory: City of Toronto update on resumption of City services
The City of Toronto staff continue to work to resume regular services as quickly as possible. Resumption of full services for Blue Bin, Green Bin and garbage collection have begun. All City's employment and social services offices have been reopened, parking permits, building permits are being issued, building inspections are being conducted, and reopening of day care facilities have all already occurred.

A City Council meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, and Thursday, August 6, to discuss approximately 200 regular items and as of tomorrow, the City will return to focussing on business as usual. Therefore, the City will not be holding media availabilities and will not schedule one-on-one media interviews on the resumption of services after today.

The following is an update on services that might be of particular interest to the public.

Garbage collection

The City has removed approximately 25,000 tonnes of waste from the 26 temporary garbage drop-off sites across the city and cleaned the sites. The 5,000 street littler bins have also been cleaned-up. Garbage and recycling collection services for single-family homes has resumed today.

Residents should follow their collection calendar regarding day of collection and material to be collected. The calendar can be found on the City's website at Households may put out unlimited garbage or recycling until August 28. No yellow bag tags needed for extra garbage. Please put extra recycling in clear plastic bags. Leave material out until collected as crews may be delayed in finishing their routes. While yard waste collection resumed this week in the Etobicoke area, in the rest of the city, yard waste collection resumes the week of August 18 as scheduled in the calendar.

Parks and recreation and pools

Community centres are open for casual use, including fitness centres and drop in programs (like a weekly badminton session). Registration starts tomorrow for programs, camps, and swim classes for the rest of the summer. Some programs may resume as early as the weekend. Call Access Toronto on 416-338-0338.

Splash pads are open today and outdoor pools will be open by Thursday August 6th.

Children's services

The 57 municipally-operated child care centres re-opened today, following the regular scheduled vacation closure (July 20 to August 3). Municipal child care families who have paid child care fees in advance, will receive an adjustment to families' accounts for any refunds owed as a result of the labour disruption. Invoices will be sent to families with the adjustment reflected.

Further information about the City's resumption of services can be found on the City's website at

Media contact: Rob Andrusevich, Senior Communications Advisor, Media Relations, City of Toronto, 416-397-4149 or cell 416-200-3660. Please note that the media line that was in use during the labour disruption has now been disconnected.

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



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