Garbage & Recycling

Garbage & Recycling

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

Thanksgiving Holiday impact on services

Given the Thanksgiving Holiday falls on Monday, October 12, for the most part, it is business as usual because most services are not regularly offered on a Monday. Please note that the City's Drop-off Depots will be closed on this holiday Monday and will reopen the next day on Tuesday. More details are available on this chart.

What goes where?

See what goes where recycling, organics, garbage, electronics and household hazardous waste.

New - Soft plastics accepted in recycling (Blue Bin) as of June 1.

As this video shows, score one for the Blue Bin!

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   Get full list of new plastic.



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.