I will be hosting our 2011 annual Ward 14 Community Environment Day on Saturday July 16th on Wabash Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The annual Community Environment Days educate the public on the importance of re-using, re-cycling and safe disposal of unwanted household items. Household hazardous waste and electronics will be accepted for recycling or proper disposal. Recycling containers will be available for purchase, exchange for broken ones, or free to new residents with proof of new residency and ID). There will be free compost for residents.
The City of Toronto requests that cars not be parked on Wabash Avenue from 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15th, to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th, to ensure public safety and facilitate the movement of people attending the event as well as the safe pick up of blue boxes and drop-off of materials.
I hope you and your family will join me to celebrate Environment Day on Saturday, July 16th. Please spread the word to your neighbours.
For more information please visit: www.toronto.ca/environment_days
As you may be aware, City Council, in 2007, approved amendments to Chapter 681 of the Toronto Municipal Code making downspout disconnection mandatory in the combined sewer service area of the city and, in 2008, approved the amendment for all other areas of the city.
If you haven’t already, get ready to disconnect your downspouts … it’s mandatory
If your downspouts have not been disconnected, rainwater runs off your roof and flows through your eavestroughs into a downspout that carries it directly into the sewer system. During heavy rainfall, the sewers become overloaded, increasing the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.
To help solve the problem, the City will soon require all property owners to disconnect their downspouts from the sewer system.
The new bylaw will take effect on November 20, 2011 for properties in the central area of the city where stormwater and sanitary drainage are combined into a single pipe. All property owners who receive this notice are required to disconnect their downspouts by November 20 of this year. The bylaw will be phased in across the remaining parts of the city over the next five years. A detailed map showing the three phases can be found at toronto.ca/water.
You can disconnect your downspout(s) on your own. Or you can seek the advice and services of a City-licensed and experienced eavestrough contractor or other experienced professional. Read the enclosed brochure for what to consider before disconnecting plus other helpful tips.
It’s important to take action and comply with the bylaw. In cases where it’s not technically feasible to disconnect your downspout or it would create a hazard, you can apply to the City for an exemption.
The City may also provide financial assistance to low-income property owners.
For more information on mandatory downspout disconnection, visit toronto.ca/water or call 311. toronto.ca/water