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April 12, 2005
City yard waste collection resumes this week
  
Yard waste collection service resumes as of Tuesday, April 12. Collection is
weekly until the week of June 6, at which time bi-weekly yard waste collection
begins throughout the summer. Weekly collection resumes in the fall (check
local collection calendars). Collection crews, anticipating that there could be
large amounts of yard waste set out curbside, may take a day or two extra to
complete collection, so residents are requested to leave yard waste out past
their regular pick-up day.

Richard Butts, Director of Toronto’s Solid Waste Collections, South & West
Districts, said, "This year, the spring weather seems to be co-operating and
folks have already begun pruning and cleaning up their yards. I’m pleased to
say, from the filled kraft paper bags or open-top containers and tied bundles
of branches I’ve seen set out at the curb, most residents know exactly what to
do and are ready for this week’s first collection."

The City collects leaves, plant/tree trimmings, weeds, brush and bundles of
branches (less than three feet in diameter and four feet in length to ensure
they fit in collection vehicles) as part of its yard waste composting program.
Items on the "NO" list for yard waste collection include sod, grass clippings,
tree stumps, fruit and vegetables, and soil. Residents participating in the
Green Bin organics collection program should put houseplants, including soil,
as well as fruit and vegetables in their Green Bin for weekly pick-up.

The City cannot collect yard waste in plastic bags. Acceptable containers
include any rigid, lidless, container such as an extra garbage can, bushel
basket, green plastic waste bin (available at Toronto Home Hardware locations
for $7), or kraft paper yard waste bags.

Residents are encouraged to add their yard waste organics to their backyard
compost bins. The resulting compost will add organic matter and nutrients to
garden soil or the lawn.

To view residential collection calendars on-line: www.toronto.ca/garbage/single/calendars/index.htm

For more information about how to participate in yard waste collection service:
www.toronto.ca/compo st/pdf/yardwaste_tips.pdf


Media contact:

Richard Butts
Director
Solid Waste Collections
South & West Districts
Works and Emergency Services
416-392-8286



 

 

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