A message from Gord – April 9, 2020

Posted on April 9, 2020

Dear Ward 4 residents,

These are unprecedented times. City staff are working hard to respond to this crisis and to keep us safe. At this time, I would like to stress the importance of staying home and practising physical distancing.

The City continues to receive complaints about people using closed park amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. On Monday, MLS spoke to 848 people regarding the closure of park amenities and distancing and issued 12 tickets. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) has issued notices to 34 non-essential businesses remaining open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Right now, in response to COVID-19, many charities are not accepting clothing donations or emptying boxes. Residents who want to make clothing donation should confirm with charities whether or not they are currently accepting donations. Illegal dumping of garbage by donation bins is not permitted and concerned residents can call 311 to report this.

The City is working with 211, United Way Greater Toronto, and other Toronto agencies to ensure low-income and vulnerable residents continue to have food access – a need that has increased dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Up-to-date information on food access is available by calling 211 or going online. More information is available on the City’s website.

Residents who are able, are encouraged to donate non-perishable food to food banks or drop off food donations at local fire halls. Restaurants or food businesses with surplus food are encouraged to donate to Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to register with Volunteer Toronto or SPARK Ontario.

Thank you for everything that you’re doing to help stop the spread and to support your neighbours.



City of Toronto to resume yard waste pickup from April 6 to April 17, 2020

Posted on April 9, 2020

City of Toronto to resume yard waste pickup for two weeks to accommodate resident needs

The City of Toronto is resuming yard waste collection for a period of two weeks, beginning Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 17. The start of seasonal yard waste collection was suspended as part of the City’s COVID-19 response to ensure staffing levels to continue the core collection of garbage, blue bin (recycling) and green bin (organics).

Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. To ensure health and safety, residents should only use yard waste bags, not open-top containers.

If yard waste is not picked up on collection day, residents are asked to leave it out. There is no need to call 311 to report a missed collection. Crews will be making their way across the city. Yard waste should not be brought to drop-off depots, which remain closed to the general public.

After the two-week period, the City will assess if it can continue to maintain the service during the COVID-19 response.

A reminder to residents that the following Solid Waste Management Services are also impacted, to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff and sustain operations:

  • Drop-off depots are closed to the general public. Only those with an existing registered account can continue to bring material to Depots. No new account requests will be processed at this time. Cash will not be accepted and depots will not operate on Saturdays.
  • Toxic Taxi services and household hazardous waste drop-off are suspended. Hazardous waste should be safely stored until services resume.
  • Bin exchanges are suspended. Existing service requests will be completed once full service resumes. Bin repair and missing bin requests will continue to be processed.
  • All community Environment Days scheduled in April, May and June have been cancelled.

The collection of garbage, recycling, organics, and oversized and metal items has not been impacted and will continue as scheduled. Residents are reminded:

  • All personal hygiene/sanitary products, including tissues, wipes, masks and gloves should be disposed of in the garbage.
  • Diapers can continue to be disposed of in the green bin.
  • All material placed in garbage bins should be bagged, specifically cleaning products such as wipes, tissues/napkins and other sanitary/hygiene products.
  • Waste collection on Good Friday (April 10) will take place as scheduled.

For more info about the COVID-10 impacts to Solid Waste Management Services visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/?accordion=garbage-recycling-and-organics.

Scheduled Community Environment Days in May & June are cancelled

Posted on April 9, 2020

Community Environment Days are held every year from April to September to help reduce the amount of reusable, recyclable or household hazardous waste going into landfill.

Solid Waste Management Services Staff have advised our office that all Community Environment Day events for the month of May and June have been cancelled amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is being made based on the announcement from Mayor Tory, with the advice from the Chief Medical Officer, to cancel all major events until at least June 30th. Staff will re-assess scheduled events after June 30th as more information on COVID-19 situation becomes available.

Furthermore, any compost request deliveries for the month of May and June will also be cancelled to exercise appropriate social distancing.

April 2020