As Halloween night approaches, the City of Mississauga reminds residents of all ages that handing out candy and trick-or-treating is back this year with a few precautions to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
“It’s exciting that we can celebrate Halloween in-person this year and see the kids trick-or-treating again,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This time last year, we were in a very different situation, but with more than 80 per cent of our community vaccinated and COVID-19 cases stable, we can look forward to enjoying a much more normal Halloween this year.”
If you’re handing out candy or going door-to-door, here are a few things to keep in mind:
If you are planning or attending a social gathering, the Government of Ontario released guidelines on how to celebrate safety during COVID-19. Currently, the limit for gatherings is 25 indoors and 100 outdoors.
You can refer to the leaf pickup route map and schedule to find out if your street is part of the leaf pickup program.
If your address is listed for the leaf pickup service, you’ll get a notice in the mail letting you know when leaves will be picked up in your area.
Rain or early snowfall can impact the collection schedule. To find out if your street is affected, you can call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).
If your area is listed for leaf pickup:
If you missed the City’s leaf pickup:
The Region of Peel will pick up leaves and yard waste that you have collected and placed in bins or paper bags on your regular waste collection day until mid-December.
You can compost your leaves or spread them around the base of your trees to fertilize the soil by protecting it against extreme temperatures.
If you need more information about the City’s leaf pickup program, call 311 (905-615-4311 outside city limits).
In the Fall, the City of Mississauga provides a vacuum leaf pickup service on streets that are more than 35 years old and have many large mature trees
I am pleased to let you know that after an awful gypsy moth infestation this spring, a motion was successfully moved at Council on Wednesday, June 16thto ensure there are funds in the budget and will be planning for an aerial spray of BTK for affected areas in 2022. We are strongly encouraging residents to register your infestation on the new interactive map that will help inform the City for locations for spraying next year.
Given the changing cyclical nature of the gypsy moth, the City will be discussing the issue with other municipalities and experts to determine a more pro-active path going forward.
We are expecting a more detailed staff report from Forestry in the Fall of 2021. In the meantime, you can also use some of these pest control techniques, to help protect trees on your property: