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.

Waste Challenge

Recycle Right

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Recycle Right

Bad things happen when the wrong items and recycling get together.

Find out why

Simcoe Holiday impact on services to public

Simcoe Day falls on a Monday (August 1), and most solid waste services are not provided on any Monday. With the exception of Transfer Station Drop-off Depots and Front End Container Multi-Residential Collection, it is business as usual. Details are available, including the updated policy on how to get containers used to participate in certain waste diversion programs.

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.


ExpandElection sign recycling offered to by-election candidates

Given our goal to divert as much waste as possible from landfill, the City offers candidates in each of the the four upcoming by-elections (Ward Councillor and TDSB Ward Trustee) the opportunity to recycle elections signs. Markets are secured for recycling the three main styles of signs (corrugated plastic - known as "coroplast"; paperboard and plastic film sleeve style) as well as the recycling of wooden and metal stakes. Materials must be dropped off at any of these three Transfer Stations (Bermondsey; Commissioners and Ingram).

The logistics are the same, but the drop-off deadlines vary. Details are available in the letters specific to each by-election.

TDSB Ward 14 Trustee                      TDSB Ward 1 Trustee

TDSB Ward 5 Trustee                        Ward 2 Councillor

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.


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General information and collection calendars


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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