Garbage piles shrink, city services to be fully operational this week
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Sunday, August 2, 2009 10:46AM EDT
Piles of garbage continue to shrink and city services are set to resume as the mop up from Toronto's 39-day old strike forges ahead.
Their first order of business is to collect 25,000 tonnes of garbage that have been dumped in temporary garbage sites across the city.
Leftover water will be vacuumed up and the soil will be tested to ensure that it hasn't been contaminated and that it meets environmental standards.
Yesterday was the first official day back on the job for these municipal workers since the picket lines went up on June 22.
City officials say they're hoping to have all the garbage removed by 7 p.m. Sunday.
Residents near Campbell park say that even though the garbage is being cleaned up, they will petition the Ministry of the Environment to make sure it is safe for kids to play.
"Life goes on, but we still have to remember for the other area residents, if there is a garbage strike we have to do something differently," said Connie Ellis.
Other city services will be soon back to normal.
Daycares will reopen on Tuesday. Parents who are entitled to a refund will see an adjustment on their account which should be mailed out next week.
Children in city-run camps that begin August 10 should attend as normal.
Pools and will reopen Wednesday.
The public health, property tax, building permit, and parking ticket offices opened on Friday
For a complete list of when city services will resume, visit the City of Toronto's website.