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.

What goes where?

Garbage truck on a residential street lifting a blue recycling bin (view from the back)

Remembrance Day service impact

It will be business as usual for Remembrance Day, Tuesday, November 11. The only exception is no appointments will be scheduled for pick up of household hazardous waste from residents' homes. See detailed chart.

Municipal election sign recycling

Once again, the City's Solid Waste Management Services division is offering recycling of municipal election signs in support of its goal to divert as much waste as possible from landfill. Signs for the October 27 municipal election must be removed by end-of-day October 30. Election signs may be dropped off for recycling at six City transfer stations up until Friday, November 28, 2014. Details for how to recycle election signs are found in the letter sent to all candidates.



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.