Toronto’s city-wide tree debris removal starts Friday, January 3, 2014 and is expected to take approximately eight weeks, weather permitting. It will begin simultaneously in all wards across the city.
The plan is a coordinated approach by Solid Waste Management Services; Transportation Services; Parks, Forestry & Recreation; and Toronto Water. Solid Waste Management Services is the lead. Private contracted services will also be used.
Up to 120 three-person crews made up of both City staff and contractors will clear tree debris from roadsides using chain saws and chippers while another 120 two-person forestry crews will continue their work removing hanging branches that threaten power lines and walking areas.
The City will haul away all tree branches from front yards and roadsides and will include those that have fallen on private property if they are less than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and have been taken to the curb. Residents should neatly stack limbs/branches at the front edge of their properties without blocking either sidewalks or roads and with the butt ends of branches towards the road.
City crews will not collect large limbs (more than 15 cm or six inches in diameter) from private trees that have fallen on private property. Property owners should contact a private contractor for this. A City permit is not required to remove damaged or downed trees that are hazardous, however many trees can be saved with proper care and pruning.
For residents that live in the Asian long-horned beetle (ALHB) quarantine area in Etobicoke, City crews and private contractors will dispose of this debris in an appropriate manner. Residents are advised not to take this wood out of the Federal quarantine area. Check toronto.ca/trees for more information.
Residents can monitor the progress of debris removal by checking a detailed map.