More streets in Toronto getting special dog waste bins

TORONTO — More streets in Toronto are getting special waste bins designed to deal with dog waste after a dispute over a curb-side location. The city announced Tuesday the first of these receptacles is…

More streets in Toronto getting special dog waste bins

TORONTO — More streets in Toronto are getting special waste bins designed to deal with dog waste after a dispute over a curb-side location.

The city announced Tuesday the first of these receptacles is now at Preston Street in downtown.

In 2017, it got rid of traditional totes to make way for a family-size bin called a Companion. But environmentalists complained the original design was too difficult to use.

Now, both are now being placed along the principal bike routes, with a green material to make things easier to see and one that protects against the wind.

The new design is also more feasible for bagged waste, the city said.

The new plan has street cleaners bagging dog waste directly into containers at points along the route, saving time and money, the city said. There will be some tutoring for those unfamiliar with the plan.

A second container with instructions also will be installed.

The city recently completed 50 km of bike lanes and plans to add 70 km next year.

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