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December 22, 2005
City promotes a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Holiday Season
The holiday season, while one of the merriest times of the year, does seem to generate more garbage than other weeks during the year. The City reminds residents to try to use less, reuse more and strive for a waste-free holiday. 'Tis the season to keep filling green bins and recycling boxes and reduce the number of garbage bags. City collection of garbage, recycling and green bins is not affected by the Christmas/New Year statutory holidays. It will be business as usual with the first collection day after Christmas happening on Tuesday, December 27 as scheduled.

Typically, green bin organics comprise 30 per cent of household waste. Given the additional holiday entertaining taking place, such organics as leftover food scraps and soiled paper food packaging, towels and tissues are in greater abundance, generating a higher percentage of organics available for diversion from landfill.

Residents also have the opportunity to recycle their natural Christmas trees via the City’s collection service that picks up trees on regularly scheduled collection days during the first two weeks of January 2006 (see local collection calendar). The trees are shredded into wood chips and used for mulch. City Councillor and Works Committee Chair Shelley Carroll said, “It’s very easy to participate in the City’s Christmas tree recycling program - just remove all decorations, nails, wire and plastic bags and place your live tree outside for collection. If you use a plastic bag to carry your tree outdoors, please remove it prior to collection, otherwise our crews aren’t able to pick it up.”

Prior to recycling any items accepted in the City’s Blue/Grey Box recycling program, consider saving reusable items such as boxes, gift bags and wrapping paper. Also reuse bows and ribbons which are garbage if thrown away. To save trees, create your own gift tags by reusing old cards. For more waste reduction Holiday tips, please see the City’s Web site at:

Media contacts:

Councillor Shelley Carroll
Works Committee Chair

Pat Barrett
Sr. Communications Coordinator



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