Friday, October 17, 2014

Toronto residents asked to help keep leaves off streets

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:

News Release:  October 17, 2014        

Toronto residents asked to help keep leaves off streets

The City of Toronto is asking residents and landscape companies to carefully dispose of leaves from properties, making sure that the leaves do not find their way onto streets – where they can lead to flooding or other safety issues.

"At this time of the year, leaves on the roadway can block catch basins and that can result in localized flooding on our roads," said Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services.

Buckley said residents can assist the City by clearing leaves and other debris from catch basins on streets in their community. He also noted, "Piles of leaves on roads and sidewalks can create dangerous situations for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. It's important to dispose of the leaves properly so they do not end up on roads and sidewalks."

Leaf and yard waste collection is picked up every other week on garbage collection day from mid-March into December. Residents can refer to the Waste Collection Calendar for their area at

Yard waste should be placed in kraft paper yard waste bags or rigid open-top containers – not in plastic bags. The City also collects pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks and plant material as yard waste.

This news release is also available on the City's website:

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391,

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