BRAMPTON, ON (Dec. 30, 2013) – The cleanup has begun. The Region of Peel continues to work closely with the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon to ensure a co-ordinated and effective municipal service response to the ice storm and the damage it has caused. The shared primary concern for all of us over the last week has been resident and employee safety and wellbeing.
Great progress has been made and I commend the efforts by all involved. Many gave up holiday plans and family events to ensure we dealt with the immediate needs of our residents. I am pleased to confirm all major roads in the Region have been cleared of debris and are again safe to travel on. City and Town staff cleared a number of sidewalks already and expect to have the work completed prior to January 6 when school starts in the new year.
Moving forward we are focusing our efforts on ensuring excess garbage and spoiled food waste generated over the last week is collected as scheduled. Please note we are operating our collection services on a holiday schedule this week. Residents can confirm their collection schedule on the regional website. In addition, we are in a two-week exemption period. On their scheduled collection day, from Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 to Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, residents may place unlimited quantities of acceptable waste at the curb. No garbage tags will be required for this period only.
Many residents continue to be concerned about the work required to remove storm damage debris from their properties. Some have begun to gather the debris and place it at the curb. I want to caution residents that the cutting and removal of trees and related debris is a specialized skill, and we encourage residents to hire a contractor to do the work for them. The clean-up of damaged trees and debris on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance company to check if their coverage can assist with the cost related to storm damage on their property.
In order to assist residents with the removal of excess wood and brush debris, the Region will begin collecting small bundles of wood and brush from the curb beginning Jan. 13 on regularly scheduled collection days. Bundles of wood and brush must not exceed 1.2 m (4ft.) and 76 cm (30 in.) in diameter and weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) to ensure collector safety. In partnership with our area municipalities, we will concentrate our efforts, in areas most severely impacted by the storm.
Residents and contractors can also drop off yard waste, bundles of wood and brush at any one of the Regional Community Recycling Centres; fees will be waived.
Please note that fallen trees and branches in the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine area of Malton must remain on site. Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, residents in this area can dispose of their storm tree debris at 2699 Drew Rd. City crews and private contractors will dispose of debris in the prescribed manner.
The Region will continue to liaise with the City and Town staff in monitoring and assessing clean-up efforts in order to determine the need for additional strategies and resources. We are also working with the area municipalities and the Province to request additional resources and equipment for the area municipalities' use in their work to clean up the roads and sidewalks.
As I said last week, the clean-up effort will take time and with your continued cooperation and patience we will restore our community.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a happy and safe New Year.