City opens 19 residential garbage drop-off sites Thursday afternoon



    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto opened 19 temporary waste
sites for disposal of residential and Yellow Bag garbage today starting at   
3 p.m.. These will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, and will
supplement the seven waste transfer stations already in operation.
    When bringing waste to a drop-off site, residents should combine Green
Bin materials with other garbage. The waste must be double-bagged and securely
tied. Residents can also help elderly and disabled neighbours by offering to
take their garbage to a drop-off site.
    It is possible these locations may be picketed, so there may be delays at
the sites and residents are asked to be patient and cooperative.
    A map of the city indicating the locations of all the garbage drop-off
sites including transfer stations can be found at www.toronto.ca. The
locations are as follows:

    
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    Ted Reeve Arena                     Villiers St.
    Northeast corner of Main St. &      Paved roadway between Saulter St. and
    Gerrard St. E.                      Cherry St.
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    Sunnyside Park                      Sir Casmir Gzowski Park Parking area
    Parking area south of Lake Shore    south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., west of
    Blvd. W., between Ellis Ave. and    Sunnyside Park (must be east-bound on
    Colborne Lodge Dr. (must be         Lake Shore to access)
    east-bound on Lake Shore to access)
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    Eglinton Flats (1)                  Eglinton Flats (2) Enter off
    Enter off Eglinton Ave., east of    Emmett Ave., west of Jane St.
    Jane St.
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    Etienne Brule Park                  George Bell Arena 215 Ryding Ave.,
    Old Mill Rd. at Catherine St.,      south of St. Clair Ave. W., east of
    east of Humber River                Runnymede Rd.
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    Christie Pits                       North Toronto Memorial Arena North of
    Enter off Crawford St., north of    Eglinton Ave., east of Oriole Pkwy.,
    Bloor                               enter off Edith Dr.
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    Moss Park                           North York Centennial Centre
    South of Shuter St., north of       580 Finch Ave. W., in parking lot
    Queen St. E., west of
    Sherbourne St.
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    Caledonia Park                      Earlscourt Park West side of
    1135 Caledonia Rd., in parking lot  Lansdowne Ave., north of
                                        Davenport Rd.
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    Taylor Creek Park                   Scarborough Arena
    Enter off Haldon Ave., in parking   75 Birchmount Rd., in parking lot
    lot at end of roadway
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    Wishing Well Park                   York Mills Arena 2539 Bayview Ave.,
    In parking lot, north of 401, west  enter off York Mills Rd., east of
    side of Pharmacy Ave.               Bayview
    (south of Sheppard Ave. E.)
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    Highland Creek Wastewater
    Treatment Plant
    51 Beechgrove Dr., in parking lot
    at end of Beechgrove Dr.
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    The 19 temporary drop-off locations were selected based on the following
criteria:

    -  the site is a City-owned property;
    -  preference is given to existing paved or gravel areas to minimize
       environmental impacts;
    -  is close to and reasonably accessible by the community;
    -  has vehicular access;
    -  there is reasonable distance away from residential buildings; and
    -  has the capacity to hold a large volume of waste if necessary.
    

    Garbage stored at the temporary sites will be contained within a fenced
enclosure. Residents must place all waste in the fenced area only. The sites
will have 24-hour security and will be monitored by City staff.
    The locations will also be managed with professional pest and odour
controls. All sites have received approval from the provincial Ministry of the
Environment for use as temporary garbage storage sites. Inspectors from
Toronto Public Health will monitor the sites to ensure public health is not
compromised by the drop off sites.
    Residents should continue to store recyclables, yard waste and bulky
items until the labour disruption is over. Once their Blue Bin is full,
residents should store recyclables in clear plastic bags. They are also
requested to postpone garden trimming and pruning and use a backyard composter
to compost yard waste and organics where possible.

    
    All Toronto residents are asked:

    -  Not to throw garbage onto streets, into laneways or parks
    -  Not to leave waste in or around City litter bins. These will not be
       emptied during the disruption.
    

    The City will not condone illegal dumping, which would include dropping
waste near, but not within the fencing of the drop off site, as well as other
locations like City parks or streets. City bylaw officers will monitor the
sites and the fine for illegal dumping starts at $380.

    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.


    
    Below is the information that will be provided in advertising that will
    appear tomorrow.
    

    Houses

    Residential curbside garbage, Green Bin and recycling collection is
cancelled in all areas of the city except Etobicoke.
    All city-wide yard waste, white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves),
household hazardous waste, ElectroVan and HazMobile collection is cancelled,
including in Etobicoke.
    Residents are encouraged to properly package and store their garbage
where possible. Continue to separate Green Bin materials, recyclables and
other garbage. Please do not place any items out at the curb.

    For houses with no collection services:

    During the labour disruption, you may drop off your garbage at one of
seven City transfer stations or at one of the 19 temporary drop-off locations
across Toronto. Hours of operation and directions are provided below. You may
experience delays at the sites. The City appreciates your patience,
understanding and cooperation during this time.
    Please continue to store recyclables, yard waste and bulky items until
the labour disruption is resolved. Once your Blue Bin is full, continue to
store recyclables in clear plastic bags. Residents should continue to separate
Green Bin materials from other garbage until they require disposal. When
bringing materials for disposal, please combine Green Bin materials with other
garbage, place in securely tied, double plastic bags and bring to any of the
drop-off locations.

    
    To minimize the amount of waste, please:

    -  Postpone garden trimming and pruning
    -  Use a backyard composter for yard waste and organics (no meat or dairy
       products should be composted)

    Residents are asked:

    -  To help elderly and persons with disabilities in their neighbourhood
       by offering to take their garbage to the designated nearest drop-off
       locations
    -  Not to throw garbage onto streets, into laneways or parks
    -  Not to leave litter or waste at litter bins. These will not be emptied
       during the disruption.
    

    Deliveries of pre-ordered new and additional residential Garbage and Blue
Bins will continue.
    Existing requests for repairs or exchanges of residential bins will be
postponed until the labour disruption has ended.
    When the labour disruption ends, residents will be able to put out their
additional garbage, without requiring the use of a bag tag, and it will be
picked up free of charge.

    Apartment Buildings and Condominiums

    Apartment and condominium superintendents: please visit the City of
Toronto website at www.toronto.ca to determine if collection at your building
will continue.
    Please have containers ready for collection the night before as
collection times and days may vary.

    
    Commercial - Yellow bag program customers only

    -  Yellow bag program collection is cancelled.
    -  Yellow bag customers may deliver their waste to a transfer station or
       one of the 19 temporary drop-off free of charge. There is no need to
       use a yellow bag. Please double bag waste in regular plastic garbage
       bags.
    -  Yellow bag customers dropping off a large number of bags should be
       prepared to show either a business card or business letterhead to
       identify themselves as program customers. Commercial - all other
       businesses (non-yellow bag customers)
    -  Commercial waste from all other businesses will be weighed and subject
       to a $100 per tonne tip fee. All odorous commercial waste must be
       double bagged.

    Transfer Stations

    Two transfer stations will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to
accept both residential and commercial garbage:

    Bermondsey Transfer Station
    188 Bermondsey Rd. (Eglinton Ave. E. & Victoria Park Ave. area)

    Ingram Transfer Station
    50 Ingram Dr. (Keele St. & Eglinton Ave. W. area)

    In addition, five transfer stations will be open 12 hours a day from
    7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, to accept both residential and
    commercial garbage.

    Disco Transfer Station
    120 Disco Rd.
    (Dixon Rd. & Carlingview Dr. area)

    Dufferin Transfer Station
    35 Vanley Cr. (Chesswood Dr. & Sheppard Ave. W. area)

    Victoria Park Transfer Station
    3350 Victoria Park Ave (Victoria Park Ave. & Finch Ave. E. area)

    Commissioners Street Transfer Station
    400 Commissioners St. (Lake Shore Blvd. E. & Logan Ave. area)

    Scarborough Transfer Station
    1 Transfer Pl.
    (Markham Rd. & Sheppard Ave. E. area)

    Residential temporary drop-off sites

    Nineteen drop-off sites are now available for use by residents only. These
sites will be open 12 hours a day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
    All residential waste will be accepted free of charge. All must be double
bagged.

    Ted Reeve Arena Northeast corner of Main St. & Gerrard St. E.

    Eglinton Flats (1) Enter off Jane St.

    Eglinton Flats (2) Enter off Emmett Ave.

    Sir Casmir Gzowski Park Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W.,
    west of Sunnyside Park (must be east-bound on Lake Shore to access)

    Sunnyside Park Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., between
    Ellis Ave. and Colborne Lodge Dr. (must be east-bound on Lake Shore to
    access)

    Wishing Well Park In parking lot, north of 401, west side of Pharmacy
    Ave. (south of Sheppard Ave. E.)

    Etienne Brulé Park Old Mill Rd. at Catherine St., east of Humber River

    George Bell Arena 215 Ryding Ave., south of St. Clair Ave. W., east of
    Runnymede Rd.

    York Mills Arena 2539 Bayview Ave., enter off York Mills Rd., east of
    Bayview

    North Toronto Memorial Arena North of Eglinton Ave., east of Oriole
    Pkwy., enter off Edith Dr.

    Moss Park South of Shuter St., north of Queen St. E., west of
    Sherbourne St.

    North York Centennial Centre 580 Finch Ave. W., in parking lot

    Caledonia Park 1135 Caledonia Rd., in parking lot

    Earlscourt Park West side of Lansdowne Ave., north of Davenport Rd.

    Taylor Creek Park Enter off Haldon Ave., in parking lot at end of roadway

    Scarborough Arena 75 Birchmount Rd., in parking lot

    Villiers St. Paved roadway between Saulter St. and Cherry St.

    Christie Pits Enter off Crawford St., north of Bloor

    Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant 51 Beechgrove Dr. In parking
    lot at end of Beechgrove Dr.
    

    Residents and businesses with questions about contingency plans may
contact Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 / TTY 416-338-0889 or
accesstoronto@toronto.ca.

    Access Toronto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents may call
after normal business hours when call volumes may be lower. Updated
information about all City services, programs and facilities is also available
at www.toronto.ca.

    
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line during the labour disruption - (416) 338-7768


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