Trash bins return to Toronto streets

King Street strollers can once again stash their trash in real garbagereceptacles, but Front and Wellington streets were still stuck withplastic bags taped to poles Thursday.

The bins are back in town. Well, some of them at least.

King Street strollers can once again stash their trash in real garbage receptacles, but Front and Wellington streets were still stuck with plastic bags taped to poles Thursday.

That will soon change.

By the end of next week, all street furniture should be returned to the area formerly known as the G20 ­security zone.

Garbage bins, transit shelters, information pillars and publication boxes were removed from the downtown core over concerns they might be used as weapons by G20 protesters.

“It took us four weeks to remove everything,” city spokesperson Kyp Perikleous said. “So to put it back in three weeks is much better than expected.”

Taled Khosroian, a hot dog vendor who works outside of Union Station on Front Street, said he’s noticed more garbage in the streets since the bins were removed. He said he’ll be relieved to get them back.

“Not for me, but for the people,” he added, gesturing toward a crowd of pedestrians on the sidewalk. “The people can’t walk five minutes without finding garbage.”

Three bronze elephants — a mother and two babies — are back home at Commerce Court after being temporarily displaced the week before the summit. The statues were lifted out of the courtyard by a small crane on June 19.

But don’t look for the missing trees just yet. City spokesperson Brad Eyre said the trees are in a nursery and will be replanted downtown in September.

 
 
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