Garbage & Recycling

Garbage, Recycling & Organics

Solid Waste Management provides innovative waste management services to residents, businesses and visitors within the City of Toronto creating environmental sustainability, promoting diversion and maintaining a clean city.

Solid Waste Management Services Division bylaws, contracts, news releases, operations, reports.

Garbage truck on a residential street lifting a blue recycling bin

Victoria Day Monday holiday service impact

Given Victoria Day falls on a Monday (May 23), a day of the week  when collection service, along with other drop-off depot services are not provided, this holiday has very little impact on waste management services offered to the public. See chart for details.

Introducing the new Green Bin

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New Green Bins debut in the Scarborough Community

Deliveries started late April and it will take approximately six months to complete this section of the City. Fall 2016, deliveries begin in the Etobicoke Community, with the rest of the city to follow during 2017.

What goes where?


ExpandWhere to send your charitable donations

Got stuff to donate but don't know where to drop it off?

Man and a boy putting clothes into a donation boxYou've got options!

The City's ReUseIt site will help you find them.

A variety of non-profit organizations accept donations of items in good condition or working order for reuse purposes. Don't let these items become garbage when they could have another life. This site is also the source if you need to borrow something instead of buying it or get an item repaired instead of throwing it out. That's exercising your Reduce and Reuse options.


Blue and green bins set out on a residential street


General information and collection calendars


Private car entering a drop-off depot

Drop-off Depots

Dispose of items such as household hazardous waste, propane tanks, electronics, renovation waste, tires, etc. Garbage, recycling and yard waste can be also be dropped off — see a list of accepted items

What goes where?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Paints, pesticides, propane tanks, batteries, syringes and many cleaning products are examples of household hazardous waste. These types of items contain toxic ingredients and must not be put in the garbage, poured down the drain/toilet or poured into sewers.