Garbage & Recycling

Oversized Items at Curbside

Here's what to do with large items that do not fit in the bin.

The City will pick up large items (appliances, furniture, carpets, etc.) on your garbage collection day (not on your recycling day) from the curbside. Effective January 1, 2017, an approved small annual fee of $8.00 will appear on your Utility Bill, to recover the service delivery costs of providing collection of oversized and metal items regardless of whether the service is used. Here are some more details:
  

Metal

  • Appliances, barbecues (no propane tanks), bed frames, bicycles, furnaces, hot water heaters, metal bath tubs, storage sheds, etc.
  • Place items next to your Garbage Bin for pick-up; no collection appointment needed
  • Items should be dismantled, bundled and/or tied
  • Remove doors from refrigerators, ovens and other appliances
  • For sofa beds, the frame should be tied down to avoid it from springing open
 

Oversized Items

  • Box springs, car seats, furniture, lamps, luggage, mattresses, patio furniture, skis, toilets, etc.
  • Place items next to your Garbage Bin for pick-up; no collection appointment needed
  • For furniture or mattresses infested with bed bugs, refer to Bed Bug Guidelines
  • Dismantle or separate loose or large heavy items (i.e. remove cabinet shelving etc)
 

Carpets and Underpads

  • Roll, cut and tie carpeting into bundles
  • Place items next to your Garbage Bin for pick-up; no collection appointment needed
  • Bundles must not be longer than 4 feet and not weigh more than 20 kg (approximately 44 lbs.)
 

Christmas trees (natural)

  • Trees must be free of bags, tinsel, ornaments, nails, tree skirts, and stands
  • Place tree next to your Garbage Bin for pick-up; no collection appointment needed
  • Clear tree of plastic bags, tree bags, snow, and ice
  • Trees that are not collected in January must be placed out for yard waste pick-up when the yard waste collection resumes in March.
    • OR trees can be taken to a Drop-Off Depot (Max length of 4 feet, cut if necessary)
 
 

Note: Dumping of garbage on city streets, boulevards and private property is illegal. Anyone found dumping garbage on City or private property will be prosecuted. To report illegal dumping call 311.

The City does not pick up certain items (renovation waste, tires, etc) from the curbside. Here is how to dispose of them properly.
 

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

 

Residential Cooking Oil

  • Cooking oil from homes, apartments and condos is accepted as household hazardous waste at Drop-off Depots.
  • Cooking oil should be delivered in a sealed container labelled "used cooking oil"
  • Note: Never pour cooking oil down the sink, drain or toilet because it can negatively impact sewer pipes systems in your home
 

Renovation Waste

  • Construction/renovation waste (wood, bricks, concrete, cinder blocks, paving stones, asphalt, soil, dirt, stones, etc.)
  • Take these items to a Drop-off Depot or find a private company to dispose of material
  • Some renovation material may still be useful. Check our ReUseIt site
 

Tires

Rubber tires (rims removed) are accepted at the following drop-off depots:  
  • Bermondsey
  • Commissioners
  • Dufferin (accepts loads over 150 kgs.)
  • Ingram
Note: Heavy truck, forklift and large off-road tires are not accepted at drop-off depots.  
 

Grass clippings

  • Grass clippings are not accepted at Drop-off Depots
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn or compost them at home
  • It reduces the need for fertilizer by 30 percent
  • Clippings are 90 percent water and return moisture to your lawn reducing your water bill
 
 

Note: Dumping of garbage on city streets, boulevards and private property is illegal. Anyone found dumping garbage on City or private property will be prosecuted. To report illegal dumping call 311.