Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference for Toronto's garbage

    TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto is developing Terms of
Reference to conduct an environmental study, referred to as an Environmental
Assessment, to evaluate ways of dealing with its post-diversion garbage (waste
remaining after reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs).
Residents are invited to comment from March 19 to April 20, 2007 on the Draft
Terms of Reference.
    Residents can visit and complete the online
comment form, or join one of four public consultation meetings scheduled from
April 2 - 5. Once the feedback has been considered, a Proposed Terms of
Reference will be created and submitted to the Public Works and Infrastructure
Committee in May, Toronto City Council in June and potentially to the Ontario
Ministry of the Environment for approval.
    The draft document and supporting background documents are available for
public review at and at select libraries across the
city. Call 416-392-6000 for a list of libraries where the Draft Terms of
Reference is available.
    Public consultation meetings will take place at various locations across
the city and consist of an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a
presentation at 7 p.m.
    This is the last of three rounds of public consultation being held
throughout Toronto in preparation of the Terms of Reference. Public
consultation meetings are as follows:

    Monday, April 2 - Etobicoke Collegiate, Cafeteria, 86 Montgomery Rd.
    TTC Station: Royal York

    Tuesday, April 3 - Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
    TTC Station: Scarborough Centre (SRT)

    Wednesday, April 4 - Central YMCA Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor St.
    TTC Station: College

    Thursday, April 5 - North York Central Library, Auditorium,
    Community Hall, 5120 Yonge St.
    TTC Station: North York Centre

    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.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Norman Lee, Acting Director,
Policy and Planning, Solid Waste Management Services, (416) 397-0207

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