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.


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Get a smaller Garbage Bin / Get a larger Blue Bin

It's easy to do and it's free - contact 311

Downsize your Garbage Bin to lower your fee. Upsize your Blue Bin to recycle more. Make maximum use of your Green Bin by feeding it organics. Diverting what doesn't belong in your garbage can reduce your fee and save space in the City's landfill.

Call 311 or make an online request 24/7.

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Recommended 2016 Solid Waste Rates

The process for the City's Rate Supported 2016 budgets launched on November 6 at Budget Committee. A series of meetings follow, including Budget Committee on November 13 and 24, Executive Committee on December 1 before presentation at City Council on December 9/10.

Learn the details on Solid Waste Management Services' recommended 2016 rates and user fees, including the staff report, presentation, news release/backgrounder, analyst notes, briefing notes and infographic.

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.



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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

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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.