Municipal election signs must be removed by October 27

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The City of Toronto is reminding property owners, residents and candidates that they are responsible for removing and disposing of all election signs displayed on private property by Thursday, October 27. Candidates who have posted election signs on public property must remove their signs by the October 27 deadline.

Election signs should not be placed in the Blue Bin (recycling), but can be brought to certain City Drop-Off Depots for recycling to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

The City is accepting three types of election signs for recycling at City Drop-Off Depots, as well as wooden and metal stakes. These include:
• Corrugated plastic (i.e. Coroplast)
• Fibre based (i.e. paperboard)
• Plastic film (i.e. sleeve style signs)

Used and surplus election signs are being accepted for proper disposal at certain Drop-Off Depot locations until Friday, November 25. Locations and hours of operation are available on the City’s Drop-Off Depot Locations web page:

Before disposing of election signs, property owners, residents and candidates are reminded not to bundle corrugated plastic signs or mix signs made of different materials, and to:
• Separate all wooden stakes, metal supports and screws from the signs. Dedicated containers will be provided for each material.
• Consolidate plastic sleeve signs in a clear plastic bag and tie shut when full.
• Remove all staples and dispose of them in the garbage. Staples damage recycling equipment. Any signs with staples will be considered garbage and a fee will be charged to dispose of them.

There is no fee for dropping off separated clean corrugated plastic, paperboard and plastic film election signs, associated supports and stakes for recycling. Unseparated mixed waste that includes election signs will be charged the regular fee of $166.26 per metric tonne of material.

To report election signs that are not removed on time, people may contact 311 and submit a service request, including the name of the candidate or the third-party advertiser displaying the election sign, the address or location of the sign and description of specific landmarks if the address of the sign cannot be provided.

More information about election sign rules and disposal is available on the City’s Election Signs webpage:

SOURCE City of Toronto

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