Ask Torontoist: Where Are the Trash Cans?
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Ask Torontoist: Where Are the Trash Cans?

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Reader Ira Kates asks:

Do you guys know why garbage cans were removed all along Front Street?

Photo by Marc Lostracco/Torontoist.

Torontoist answers:

The City of Toronto is currently in a street furniture transition period where the old, steel three-slot trash bins are being replaced by the new “droid” foot pedal designs. Downtown Yonge Street also just went through a short period where there were no trash receptacles on the sidewalks at all.
The reason for the delay in replacing the bins once the old ones have disappeared is that there are different parties involved: though Toronto’s Solid Waste Management is in charge of overseeing the operations, Eucan is responsible for removing their 3,500 steel bins, whereas Astral has their own schedule for replacing those, plus adding 2,450 more to the streets. The process began in March.
Transportation Services tells us that the City will provide temporary bins where needed, and we’ve confirmed this: after contacting them about a one-kilometre stretch of Gerrard Street being devoid of any receptacles whatsoever—an area which envelops the heavy commercial activity of Chinatown East—temporary blue trash bins showed up within two days.