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

Family Day Holiday impact on Solid Waste Services

Given Family Day falls on a Monday and many Solid Waste Management Services are not provided on any Monday, it is for the most part, business as usual. See this chart for details.

What goes where?


ExpandCity Council approved 2016 Solid Waste Rates

City Council approved the Solid Waste Management Services 2016 rates on December 9/10, 2015. These approved rates, involve a 3% increase that took effect January 1, 2016, do not include the rebate (grant) as City Council will discuss any changes to the rebate at its February 17/18, 2016 meeting. The Council decision may impact the overall net bin fees. See this infographic for more details about recommended changes to the rebate and the potential impact it will have on Garbage Bin fees.

View the materials prepared leading to the Solid Waste Management Services' approved 2016 rates and user fees, including the staff report, presentation, news release/backgrounder, analyst notes, briefing notes and infographic that illustrates services provided in 2014.

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.