Toronto garbage days change during holidays

Many of Toronto's city services will be available over the holidays — though there will be some schedule changes, especially when it comes to garbage collection.

Curbside collections will be affected because Christmas and New Year's fall on a Tuesday this year, when a large percentage of Toronto homes get their normal garbage pickup.

For anyone who normally gets their garbage collection on Monday night, their pickup will be moved to Tuesday on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

For everyone else, the garbage collection schedule moves forward by one day:

Tuesday collection moves to Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2

Wednesday collection moves to Thursday, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3

Thursday collection moves to Friday on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4

Friday collection moves to Saturday on Dec. 29 and Jan. 5

Full details can be found at the city's waste management website.

The TTC will operate on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 25 and 26, although on Boxing Day subway service will begin at the regular time of 6 a.m. Sunday service will also be in operation on New Year's Day.

The TTC has a full list of its service schedule on its website.

GO Transit will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The city itself will close its offices on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. But all emergency services will be in operation 24-hours per day during the holiday season.

Skating, swimming and skiing programs will be available, with details available at the Parks, Forestry and Recreation website.

Getting rid of old Christmas trees is also a yearly concern.

The city said in a news release that free collection will begin on Dec. 31.

"Remember to remove all decorations, tinsel, stands and nails. The City will not collect Christmas trees set out in plastic or tree bags. Trees should be clear of snow and ice and easily accessible."

The 100,000 Christmas trees collected by the city are "ground and mixed with leaf and yard waste to make compost," the release said.

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