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.

What goes where?

New - Soft plastics accepted in recycling (Blue Bin)

 As of June 1, 2015, the following soft, stretchy plastics can go in recycling:

  • milk bags (inner pouches and outer bag)
  • bread bags (non-foil)
  • sandwich bags (e.g. resealable type bags)
  • bulk food bags
  • produce bags
  • dry cleaning bags
  • newspaper/flyer bags
  • diaper and feminine hygiene outer bags
  • frozen fruit bags
  • frozen vegetable bags
  • transparent recycling bags
  • over-wrap from toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, water and soft drink packaging
  • garden soil, manure or compost bags
  • road salt bags


Instruction on how to put into recycling:

  • Empty and rinse bags to remove residue before recycling.
  • You may either bundle your bags inside one bag and ties handles or put bags in loose.


Not accepted (types of plastic film):

  • Biodegradable plastic containers and film (e.g. compostable plastic bags)
  • Any type of black coloured plastic
  • Laminated plastic film (e.g. chip bags and stand-up resealable pouch bags)
  • Snack food bags (e.g. potato chips, peanuts, cookies)
  • Meat and cheese bag packages
  • Household cling wrap
  • Cellophane
  • Cereal liners
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • Plastic bubble wrap
  • Shower liners, pool covers, boat wrap

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



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.