Ward 19 Environment Day this Saturday, April 25, 2015

Community Environment Days are back

environment_days_park-MLaytonCommunity Environment Days make it easy to keep your home – and our city – clean and green. You can drop off reusable household items, household hazardous waste, and recyclable materials that can’t go in the Blue Bin at any of the events, starting in April. Compost is also available free of charge.


Details for the Ward 19 the Environment Day:

  • Saturday, April 25
  • 10am – 2pm
  • Fred Hamilton Park [Along Shaw St; south of College St]


More information about what will be available (eg, free compost) and what you can bring to recycle (from the City of Toronto’s website):

Products Available – Fees apply

  • Backyard Composter
  • Kitchen Container

Pick up for FREE

  • Green Bin and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged bin)
  • Leaf Compost (limit of one cubic metre per household)

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal

  • Computer Equipment & Peripherals
    (e.g., desktops, laptops, hand-held portables, monitors, printing devices, etc.)
  • Audio/Visual Equipment & Peripherals
    (e.g., telephones, cell phones, pda’s and pagers, cameras, small TVs, radios, receivers, speakers, tuners, equalizers, turntables, projectors, recorders, DVD players and VCRs, etc.)
  • Household Hazardous Waste
    (e.g., cleaning supplies and solvents, motor oil, paint, batteries, E-cigarettes, old/unused medication, mercury thermometers / thermostats, pesticides, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, etc.)

Items donated to local schools for reuse

  • Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
  • Buttons and keys
  • Clipboards, corks and cork boards
  • LP records, CDs and cases
  • Children’s books
  • Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands
  • Yarn and dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)
  • 35 mm cameras and equipment

Items donated for reuse (please keep separate from others)

  • Sporting goods(e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
  • Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
  • Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
  • Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
  • Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
  • Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

Please do not bring: construction waste, garbage, gasoline, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/ industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bags, foam polystyrene, empty paint and empty aerosol cans in your blue bin.


New Racoon-proof Bins and More Plastics Recycling

New Green Bins

raccoon.pngLast week, the City of Toronto unveiled new raccoon-proof Green Bins for houses that will work with automated trucks (& reduce worker injury). Watch how raccoons deal with the original green bin versus green bin 2.0! 

More plastics for Toronto Blue Bins 

Starting in June 2015, Toronto residents will be able to recycle a wider range of plastic bags in the Blue Bin. Thanks to better sorting technology, and a growing plastic recycling market, Toronto will collect bags such as those for fruit, bread, milk, dry cleaning and more. This will increase the City’s diversion rate and save money.

[updates courtesy of Toronto Environmental Alliance (tea); for more info, see their website]

Spring Cleaning across Toronto this Weekend

200+ Park Clean-Ups This Weekend April 18-19, 2015

Park People has once again partnered with Live Green Toronto to present Clean Toronto Together, a weekend celebration that brings together thousands of Toronto residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to remove litter and keep our city clean and green. Get involved in a park clean-up near youLearn more >

Map of Events
There are over 200 community clean-ups in Toronto parks.
Find one near you to participate in >

The cleanup at Trinity Bellwoods Park will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM (Organized by: Indie88)

Queen West Planning Study – Mon, March 30, 2015

You are invited to attend a presentation and open house which will focus on movement – transit, walking, traffic, parking and cycling – in the West Queen West corridor.

Staff from the TTC, the Toronto Parking Authority, Transportation Services, and Toronto Cycling will be on hand to share information and take your questions and comments. Feedback received at this meeting will be vital to understanding movement issues in the corridor and to help staff develop recommendations for City Council.When: Monday, March 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School – Gymnasium, 30 Humbert Street

To speak to the planner directly, contact Avery Carr, at 416-392-0423 or acarr2@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

You may also contact Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, at (416) 392-7919, Councillor Ana Bailao, Ward 18, at (416) 392-7012, and Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19, at (416) 392-4009.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to be included in notifications, please email your name and full mailing address to Colleen Auld at cauld@toronto.ca.

Download the meeting notice here.

Community News from Councillor Mike Layton





Happy New Year neighbours,

This will no doubt be an exciting year at Toronto City Hall. With a new term of council there is renewed hope for a united City Council that will work hard to make Toronto better for everyone. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community and fight for better transit, more accessible public services, and a city we can be proud of.

One of the first orders of business at City Hall in 2015 will be the 2015 budget. I’m one of seven councillors appointed to the Budget Committee that will review the budget and make recommendations to City Council. This is an exciting opportunity and I will be looking for ways to protect and improve our public services, expand accessibility of important services such as affordable housing, transit and community recreation programs, as well as make sure our city invests in building a sustainable economy.

As a new member of the Parks and Environment Committee, I will work closely with my colleagues and our community partners to ensure we continue to invest in our parks and make them a welcoming centre for our communities. Working on this committee will also allow me to make sure Toronto is doing its part to fight climate change, improve our air quality, and protect our natural environment.

We all need a roof over our heads and I am looking forward to now serving as a member of the Affordable Housing Committee. I will work to ensure the City is doing all it can to revitalize our existing housing while investing in more affordable housing so that we can address our housing shortfall. The Affordable Housing Committee and the City’s Affordable Housing Office works with other levels of government, as well as the private and nonprofit sector to deliver funds and incentives to create and maintain safe, affordable, rental and ownership housing for low-income residents.

My community office hours are remaining the same. I am available by appointment on Saturdays at the CHIN building on College Street. Please email me to set up a time. If that doesn’t work my office is always happy to help. If you have any questions please reply to this email, send me an email at councillor_layton@toronto.ca, or call my office at (416) 392-4009.

Below you will find more information about two skating parties I am hosting in the ward. One at Christie Pits on Sunday, January 18 and the other at Trinity Bellwoods on Sunday, January 25.

I hope to see you there!

Mike Layton
City Councillor
Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina


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