News Release
December 1, 2023

The City of Toronto reminds candidates, property owners and residents in Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest that they are responsible for the removal and disposal of all election signs displayed on private property within 72 hours of the election – by Sunday, December 3.

Election signs can be taken to a designated City Drop-Off Depot for recycling to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill and should not be placed in the Blue Bin (recycling). Used and surplus signs will be accepted for proper disposal at the Bermondsey Transfer Station Drop-Off Depot at 188 Bermondsey Rd. until Monday, December 18. More information – including hours of operation – is available on the City’s Drop Off Depot webpage.

In addition to wooden and metal stakes, the City accepts three types of election signs for recycling at the Bermondsey Transfer Station Drop-Off Depot:

  • Corrugated plastic (e.g. Coroplast)
  • Fibre based (e.g. paperboard)
  • Plastic film (e.g. sleeve style signs)

Before disposing of election signs, candidates, property owners and residents must:

  • Separate signs by material and not bundle corrugated plastic signs
  • 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 the bag when full
  • Remove all staples and dispose of them in the garbage; staples damage recycling equipment.

Signs will be inspected upon arrival at the Drop-Off Depot. Unseparated or signs with staples will be considered garbage and the standard garbage disposal fee of $171.25 per tonne will be charged to dispose of them. There is no fee for dropping off separated and clean corrugated plastic, paperboard and plastic film election signs and associated supports and stakes for recycling.

More information about election sign rules and disposal is available on the City’s Election Signs webpage  or by contacting 311.


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