Ward 43 takes on Environment Day and takes out the trash

A steady stream of cars drove into 891 Morningside Ave. last Saturday to make good use of Ward 43’s Environment Day and rid their homes of junk.

“Some people are in a rush,” said Councillor Paul Ainslie, who was there to greet community members dropping off their waste. “To me and a lot of people, this is one-stop shopping. You can clean your house out, and go here and get rid of it all in one shot. Most people are in and out in 10 minutes.”

And most were, as smiling residents young and old were greeted by equally enthusiastic city staff.

“I’ve been doing it every year,” Ainslie said, between personally greeting each car driving onto the lot. “I usually get 800 to 900 cars.”

The program works as a drop-off zone where community members can drive into an area and dispose their hazardous wastes, electronics, goodwill clothing, and even collect compost.

“We have just over 40 events, so one per ward in the city,” said Marie-Helen Brillinger, who was running the event. “This happens once a year in each ward, we run from April to the beginning of July.”

Residents who dropped off waste were also able to find information on water conservation, solid waste management for homes, and even pet adoption through Toronto Animal Services at tented kiosks set up around the site.

And for those who can’t make it out for this one-stop shopping of disposing waste, Ainslie suggests ordering in. The city has a service called Toxics Taxi where you can make an appointment and have them come to your house and pick up any oil or chemicals.

Residents who couldn’t make to this event can check out toronto.ca/environment_days to find the scheduled dates in other wards to dispose of their waste and find out more about the initiative.