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                                                Reduce,	Reuse	&	Recycle
                                                                                                                                    Toronto’s	Top	10	ways	to	reduce	
                                                                                                                                     waste	at	Parks,	Forestry	and	
                                                                                                                                         Recreation	facilities
                                                                                                                                  1. Walk, bike or ride public transit to our facilities
                                                                                                                                     to reduce emissions.
                                                                                                                                  2. Pack a litterless picnic or lunch with reusable
                                                                                                                                     containers and dishware.
                                                                                                                                  3. Carry your own refillable water bottle with you.
                                                                                                                                  4. Carry out any garbage you carry in where recycling
                                                                                                                                     facilities don’t exist.
                                                                                                                                  5. Don’t throw away anything that can be reused or
                                                                                                                                     repaired.
                                                                                                                                  6. recycle plastic, glass bottles or cans in the Blue Box.
                                                                                                                                  7. recycle paper and cardboard as you would at home.
                                                                                                                                  8. Lead by example, help keep our City clean and
                                                                                                                                     beautiful.
                                                                                                                                  9. Don’t dispose of any material in rivers, lakes or
                                                                                                                                     marine areas.
                                                                                                                                  10. respect nature and return often to our recreation
                                                                                                                                      areas.
                                                                                                                                  Have a question about waste diversion or recycling?
                                                                                                                                  e-mail: pfrwastediversion@toronto.ca


Parks, Forestry & Recreation waste auditors investigating what exactly ends up in parks litter and recycling baskets.

Reduce,	Reuse	and	Recycle                                                                                                      Forestry	Waste	Diversion
                                                                                                                               Managing the City’s vast forest resource includes trimming

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     oronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division continues to strive to meet the 70 per cent waste reduction from
                                                                                                                               existing trees to promote healthy growth or removing trees
     landfill target for 2010. By working in partnership with other City divisions, school boards, private business and
                                                                                                                               that pose a hazard and can no longer be sustained. This
     community volunteers, we are collectively making efforts to keep our parkland clean and beautiful for everyone
                                                                                                                               in turn translates into a lot of wood waste. Staff at the
to enjoy. Since 2005, we have been working with the Toronto School Boards to hold bi-annual park clean-up events
                                                                                                                               Forestry Branch are always searching for new ways to utilize
in parks adjacent to elementary schools throughout the City. This year’s spring clean-ups will take place with schools
                                                                                                                               this natural resource.
between April 14-25, 2008. If you know of a grade one to six class, or a special needs or eco school class interested in
getting involved in the clean-up, please contact fstreet@toronto.ca by March 7, 2008.                                          Some of the larger logs from the main trunks of trees have
                                                                                                                               been taken to an old landfill site to help restore the area to
In 2006, our staff conducted an in-depth Parks Waste Audit to measure recycling activities in our parks and to determine
                                                                                                                               a natural state. In the Toronto & East York and Etobiocke
the contents of our recycling and litter baskets. The outcome of this audit and its recommendations, and many new
                                                                                                                               York Districts, logs are put through a large tub grinder
initiatives involving staff and our program patrons, is helping to improve our waste reduction rate and keep our facilities,
                                                                                                                               which turns them into small wood chips.
forests and parks green and healthy! Since our audit, we developed new recycling and litter standards for parks and
launched an education campaign in 2007. In 2008, we plan on conducting a second audit to determine improvements in             Much of these chips are then used by the Toronto District
recycling and litter capture in our parks.                                                                                     School Board and placed around newly planted trees,
                                                                                                                               pathways, children’s gardens and horticultural displays.
                                                                                                                               The Parks Branch also uses them along park trails and in
                                                                                                                               naturalizing areas to help reduce weed growth.
                                                                                                                               Logs are also used as firewood at City-run facilities such as
                                                                                                                               the Rouge Campground or the ski hills. Some wood chips
                                                                                                                               are made available to the public for home use at Forestry
                                                                                                                               operations yards such as Nashdene and Rockcliffe Yards.
                                                                                                                               You can find out more about free wood chips by visiting
                                                                                                                               www.toronto.ca/compost/woodchip.htm.
                                                                                                                               One new initiative we are currently investigating, together
                                                                                                                               with the Solid Waste Management Service’s Organic
                                                                                                                               Section, is to add wood chips to kitchen and yard waste
                                                                                                                               composting projects. Forestry staff are working hard to
                                                                                                                               increase the overall natural canopy of the City, and to
                                                                                                                               recycle and reuse valuable resources at the same time.
      	
	Scarborough District’s – FUN Guide, Spring/Summer 2008                                                                                         3R	 Update                    101

See	them?	Use	them.	
You may have noticed the recent ad campaign, See
them? Use them. These ads have been featured in
local community papers, recreation centres and Eucan
bins. We also ran this ad campaign for the month of
July 2007 on TTC subway cars, streetcars and buses.
The campaign encourages members of the public
to put their litter and recyclables in the appropriate
containers in Toronto’s parks.
Additionally, Parks, Forestry and Recreation have
invested in a waste diversion education program for
2007, based on recommendations from our 2006
Parks Waste Audit. We hired six waste diversion
education staff to deliver educational programming
at 41 community events, 8 park outreach days,
73 camp sessions and 32 staff trainings. In total, our
waste diversion education staff reached over 8,000
children, youth, staff and community members!
We also produced the following new litterless lunch
and recycling posters that we delivered to 323
recreation facilities including community centres,
pools, arenas and senior centres.
This educational program will continue into the 2008
spring/summer season, to promote reducing, reusing
and recycling in our parks and recreation facilities.




 Eco	Makeover
                                                                                                                         offices. We plan on launching one large community
                                                                                                                         centre Eco Makeover in 2008.
                                                                                                                         Eco Makeovers encourage Parks, Forestry and
                                                                                                                         Recreation staff and patrons to participate in the City-
                                                                                                                         wide waste diversion program by:

                                                                                                                         ReducinG
                                                                                                                         Eco Makeover sites use reusable dishware including water
                                                                                                                         bottles and coffee mugs, instead of disposable plates
                                                                                                                         and beverage containers. Staff are also encouraged to
                                                                                                                         promote litterless lunches to program participants and
                                                                                                                         receive light switch stickers to remind them to turn off
                                                                                                                         the lights when they leave a room.

                                                                                                                         ReusinG
                                                                                                                         Eco Makeover sites re-use many items such as single-
                                                                                                                         sided paper, binders, and coffee trays. They also donate
                                                                                                                         gently used and unclaimed lost and found items such as
                                                                                                                         clothing, towels, and footwear.

                                                                                                                         RecyclinG
                                                                                                                         Eco Makeover sites pair litter baskets with recycling
                                                                                                                         baskets, and make sure all baskets are labelled clearly.
                                                                                                                         They also recycle non-blue box items such as ink jet
                                                                                                                         cartridges, cell phones, and abandoned shopping carts.

                                                                                                                         RethinkinG
                                                                                                                         Eco Makeover sites receive Eco-Info display boards as
                                                                                                                         well as staff training and community outreach sessions
                                                                                                                         led by waste diversion staff. They also go beyond the
                                                                                                                         3Rs in many other ways! Visit an Eco Makeover site and
                                                                                                                         you may also find air-cleaning plants, non-toxic cleaners,
                                                                                                                         composters, children’s gardens, compact fluorescents,
                                                                                                                         solar panels, bike racks, transit maps, staff making
 The Eco Makeover program helps give Parks, Forestry        In 2006, two community centres, Bob Abate and                garbage arts and crafts and more….
 and Recreation facilities a green facelift and transform   Scarborough Centennial, together with Sherwood and
 them into ‘Eco Facilities’. Waste diversion staff start    Rockcliffe parks yards, were chosen for the very first Eco   For more details on Eco Makeovers, please visit our
 the process by finding out what good environmental         Makeovers. In 2007, we expanded the program to include       website at:
 practices are already going on at a facility, like using   two more community centres, Domenico DiLuca and                www.toronto.ca/parks/wastediversion/eco-makeovers.htm
 energy efficient light bulbs, and then work with on-site   Oriole, two more Parks yards, Thomson and Booth, as
 staff to make each facility even greener.                  well as four Parks, Forestry and Recreation administrative

								
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