Column: Dec. 24, 2014

Ho Ho Ho …. Merry Christmas!

My wife Maha and I love the Christmas season and we would like to take a moment to wish you and yours a merry and bright holiday season. Enjoy your time with family, friends and loved ones.

As this column is timely as it leads into the holidays, I thought I would highlight some important information that may come in handy over the next couple of weeks.

Don’t forget to recycle & compost

Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. That picked-over turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for disposing of soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

As a reminder, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will take place on Boxing Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

Safety is best gift for the holiday season

  • Never leave lit candles unattended and keep them away from kids, pets and anything that can burn
  • Make sure to have working smoke detectors
  • Water your Christmas tree daily and double check the tree lights to ensure they working properly
  • As a Christmas tree dries, it becomes a fire hazard that could easily ignite. Make sure the tree is well away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters and candles
  • Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Ontario. Do not leave cooking food unattended.

Drive responsibly  

As you celebrate the season, please remember to not drink and drive. Grab a cab, have a designated driver or use Operation Red Nose 613-820-NOSE (6673) if this service is available in your area.

Merry Christmas everyone!