Garbage & Recycling

Mayor’s Towering Challenge

The Mayor's Towering Challenge motivates building Property Managers, Superintendents, Owners, Boards, 3Rs Ambassadors and residents to improve waste diversion in apartments, condominiums and co-operatives.

Almost half of Toronto residents live in apartments, condos and co-ops, but they recycle and compost only 27% of their waste compared to 65% of waste in single-family homes. We all have a part to play to reach the City of Toronto's goal of 70% diversion from landfill.

Registered participants will receive resources, support and recognition for their efforts to reduce waste. The winning building will receive recognition at a special event hosted by the Mayor spring 2017.

Challenge Details

EligibilityRegisterFinal Submission Requirements Prize

Any building with nine units or more can join the Challenge. 

Non-City customers are also encouraged to participate.

Registration is now closed.

The following people may register for the Challenge on behalf of their building: property manager, board member, superintendent, resident, 3Rs Ambassador or owner.

Permission from the Property Manager, Property Management Company or Board is required to ensure their support.


1. Log Sheets: Track the buildings' waste volume and lifts

2. Waste Reduction Task List: Generate ideas for improving waste diversion and track improvements

3. Written Submission: Reflect on waste diversion implementation within the building over the Challenge period.

The Judging Committee will review your submission and select the winning building. See Scoring Matrix.

Recognition will be given to buildings on our website throughout the Challenge period.  Email us if you'd like your initiatives to be featured as one of our spotlights.

At the close of the Challenge period, successful buildings will be awarded a plaque/certificate.

The winning building will receive recognition at a special event hosted by Mayor John Tory.

Building Spotlight

Mark your Calendar

Challenge period informationDate

June 30, 2016 – September 6, 2016

Challenge officially opens September 1, 2016
Challenge officially closes March 3, 2017
Written Submissions due Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 11:59pm
Judging Committee reviews submissions March 2017
Winner Announced April 2017
Awards Ceremony TBD – Spring 2017

Special EventsDate
City of Toronto staff visit your building At your convenience
Spotlights announced – highlighting good efforts through Challenge period Approximately once a month September 2016 – March 2017
Free Screening of The True Cost Movie November 17, 2016
Tour of 550 Ontario St. December 2, 2016
Tour of 430 McLevin Ave. December 6, 2016
Tour of 812 Burnhamthorpe Rd. December 9, 2016
3Rs Ambassador Volunteer Training for Building Staff and Residents January 26, 2017
Webinar to review Submission Requirements February 15, 2017

Activities for Kids

Fun ways to learn the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycling!

Blue Bin Word Search Green Bin Word Search Word Match Draw Garbage Compost Colouring Sheet Recycling Colouring sheet


Judging Committee

Tower & Neighbourhood Revitalization