Updates from the City of Toronto

Yard waste and garbage collection reminder

Curb-side collection of leaf and yard waste resumes next week according to the schedule in residents’ collection calendars. Tuesday, August 18 will be the first pick-up day for those residents scheduled to receive this service on that particular date. Leaf and yard waste pick-up is every other week. Residents have the option, until August 17, of dropping off their yard waste for free at a City transfer station.

Residents are also reminded that they have until August 28 to put out unlimited waste or recycling for the first two collections of both garbage and recycling after the labour disruption (two garbage pickups and two recycling pickups). No yellow garbage bag tags required. Extra recycling should be placed in clear plastic bags.

Residents should follow their collection calendar regarding the day of collection and the material to be collected (for example, do not put out garbage if scheduled for recycling collection). The collection calendar can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/garbage/single/calendars/index.htm. On scheduled pickup days, leave materials at the curb until collected. Crews, who are dealing with greater than normal volumes of material, may be delayed in finishing their routes.

City of Toronto offers extended camp season at more than 60 locations

The City of Toronto is pleased to announce that it will offer an extended season for Parks, Forestry and Recreation summer camp programs at more than 60 locations across the city.

Some camp programs were originally scheduled to wrap up on August 14. In most cases, extended programs will end on August 28, with some continuing up until September 4. For more information, please visit www.toronto.ca/parks.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation camp programs are reasonably priced. A wide range of programs are available for both children and youth. Participants enjoy sports, games, special events, arts and crafts and outdoor activities. Before and after care is available at some locations. To register, visit www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call customer service at 416-338-4FUN (4386).

Interest in Parks, Forestry and Recreation camps has remained high since programs resumed on Monday August 10. This week, there are more than 10,000 registrants participating in 548 camp programs across the city.

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.

Basement Flooding Subsidy

Basements can flood for many reasons. For its part, the City of Toronto is working to make improvements to its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catch basins. But these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. And with the increasingly frequent and severe weather events

related to climate change, it is essential that homeowners take the appropriate action to reduce the risk of basement flooding on their own private property. Those who isolate their home from the City’s sewer system can significantly reduce the risk of basement flooding. To assist homeowners, the City offers owners of single-family, duplex and triplex residential homes a financial subsidy of up to $3,200 per property to install flood protection devices including a back-water valve, sump pump, and pipe severance and capping of the home’s storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.

Please visit the following link to read the full details about this programme.