September 20, 2007
Media Release

York Region to pick up illegally posted election signs; offer corrugated plastic election sign recycling

Programs offered in effort to control illegal sign placement and divert waste from landfills
NEWMARKET With the provincial election now under way, staff from The Regional Municipality of York's Roads Transportation branch will be removing election signs that are illegally placed on Regional roadways.
The York Region Sign By-law allows for the posting of election signs along Regional roadways during an election period.  Placement of these signs is subject to several guidelines used to protect drivers and pedestrians which include the following restrictions:
 Signs must be in a proper state of repair and not exceed 1.22 metres (4 feet) high by 1.22 metres
(4 feet) wide
 Only one sign per candidate may be placed per intersection corner
 Signs may not be placed on traffic medians
 Signs must be at least 5 metres (17 feet) from fire hydrants, transit shelters and bus stops
A full listing of the election sign guidelines can be viewed on the York Region website:  These guidelines have also been sent to all candidates' offices. 
Signs that do not comply with York Region's by-law will be removed and taken to one of five York Region works yards.  Signs can be re-claimed throughout the election period.  Unclaimed signs will be disposed of 72 hours after the election date.  Corrugated plastic signs will be recycled.
Following the October 10th provincial election, York Region will offer a special drop-off day on Saturday, October 13th.  Candidates and campaign team members are welcomed to drop off corrugated plastic election signs at York Region's Waste Management Centre from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
The Waste Management Centre is located at 100 Garfield Wright Boulevard in the Town of East Gwillimbury.  All signs being delivered must have all fasteners, wood or metal stakes and wires removed prior to drop-off.  If any piece of wood or metal remains attached to the signs, the delivery will not be accepted.  Plastic film election signs will not be accepted.  York Region asks that campaign offices do not drop off any other recyclable materials such as fine paper with the election signs. 
Recycling of corrugated plastic signs occurred during the last election and successfully diverted more than four tonnes of waste from landfill.
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Media Contact: Kim Sinclair, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209, Cell: 905-251-6412

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