At a Mississauga City Council meeting Wednesday, Forestry staff updated members on the next steps to clean-up Ice Storm debris.
“The Ice Storm which hit December 22, 2013 caused a great deal of damage and greatly impacted the residents of Mississauga,” said Laura Piette, Director of Parks and Forestry. “The City has progressed well with clean-up. Now that the ice and snow has melted away, it is time to begin the next phase of the ongoing clean-up.”
City contracted crews will be in Mississauga neighbourhoods over the next few weeks to continue removal and clean-up of trees and debris. After the initial tree removal, the tree stumps will be removed and the ground will be repaired with topsoil and reseeded as weather permits.
To complete the Ice Storm clean-up, the City will need the cooperation and assistance of residents who should know the following:
- City of Mississauga is responsible for tree debris and tree removal on city streets, parks and all other public lands.
- Residents and property owners are responsible for all tree debris and tree removal on private property. Any debris brought to the curb must be bundled to the Region of Peel’s yard waste requirements.
- Region of Peel is responsible for implementing spring and summer yard waste programs, managing of Community Recycling Centres (CRC) for public tree debris drop-off and the removing tree debris on regional roads. The weekly yard collection in Mississauga started March 31 and runs to June 22.
The Region of Peel operates a network of five CRCs. Please visit peelregion.ca/pw/waste/crc/ for CRC locations, hours of operation and more information about other environmentally friendly waste disposal services available.
Also, from April 27 to May 18, Peel Region will open the Caledon Community Recycling Centre (CRC) on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to assist residents with their ice-storm related yard waste disposal. Residents are reminded that dropping off yard waste at this CRC is always free of charge.
Please note: Residents in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Asian Long Horned Beetle (ALHB) quarantined area of Malton cannot move any yard waste, nursery stock, trees, logs, lumber, wood chips and bar chips out of the restricted area. Yard waste from this area will be collected from the curbside on regularly scheduled collection days but cannot be accepted for drop-off at any of the Region’s CRCs.
Residents in the affected area can drop off tree-related debris at 2699 Drew Road between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The province has created the Ontario Ice Storm Assistance Program (OISAP) fund to assist municipalities with clean-up costs. Eligible costs must be submitted to OISAP by June 22, 2014. In order for the City to meet the deadline, contractors will be needed to work alongside City staff. Additionally, City and contracted crews will be working six days a week, 10 hours a day.
The cost of replacing City-owned trees damaged by the ice storm, such as those on boulevards and in parks, is not covered by OISAP. However, the City is developing a long term plan to replace trees that had to be removed from public property. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
For more information on the Ice Storm Clean-up, visit mississauga.ca/urbanforestry