Garbage & Recycling

Drop-Off Depots

The City of Toronto operates 7 Transfer Stations which have drop-off depots used to collect, sort and transfer all the City's waste. Residents can also use these depots to dispose of their unwanted items. This page will tell you which items are accepted and the related costs.

Note: During peak periods (11 AM - 1 PM & 3 PM - 5 PM) priority is given to City-operated and contracted vehicles operating on behalf of the City. We recommend you avoid arriving at the depots during these times. 

Household Hazardous WasteElectronic WasteRenovation WasteYard Waste

 

  • Batteries
  • Syringes and needles
  • Car battery acid
  • Drain cleaners
  • Lighter fluid
  • Turpentine
  • Gasoline
  • Aerosol containers
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Pesticides
  • Medications
  • Cooking oil
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Helium tanks
  • Propane tanks

Note: For proper disposal tips and other disposal options visit the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) page.

 

  • Cell phones
  • Home phones
  • Computers
  • Monitors & Cables
  • TVs, VCR/DVD players
  • Pagers, Radios
  • Cameras
  • Video recorders
  • Printers & scanners
  • Typewriters
  • Fax machines
  • Stereos & turntables
  • Speakers

NoteFor proper disposal tips and other disposal options visit the Electronics Waste page.
Residents with curbside collection can set out electronics for collection.

 

  • Doors
  • Lumber (4 feet max)
  • Counter tops
  • Cabinets
  • Pressure treated wood
  • Roof shingles
  • Drywall (1 tonne max)
  • Note: Remove nails, screws, metal corner beads, ceramics, wood etc.

Note: Bricks, concrete, cinder blocks, stones, asphalt, soil not accepted.  
Drywall only accepted at Bermondsey, Ingram, and Commissioners.

 

  • Leaves, branches
  • Hedges
  • Twigs
  • Plant trimmings
  • Tree limbs


Note: Drop-off depots will not accept any pieces that exceed 3" in diameter or 48" in length. 

Grass is not accepted at any location.

GarbageBlue Bin ItemsMetalTires

 

  • See Garbage Items
  • Mixed loads of garbage and recycling will be denied entry

 

 

  • Auto parts & bicycles
  • Lawnmowers
  • Large/small appliance
  • Tools, pipes & cable

 

  • Rubber tires (5 max)
  • Heavy truck, forklift, large tires not accepted

Payment Method Accepted:  Cash, Credit, Debit

Note: Only Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards accepted. If paying by credit card or debit, delays will occur Mon - Friday between 11:40 PM and 12:00 AM due to end of day transaction system updates. There is no delay if paying by cash.

Blue Bin, Scrap Metal & Yard Waste               

QuantityFee
Up to 20 kg Free
Scales weigh in five (5) kg increments
Example25 kg costs $2.00 (Charge is based on entire load, not on the amount over 20 kg)
Cost basis: $86.22 per metric tonne (1,000 kilograms)

Garbage & Renovation Waste        

QuantityFee
Up to 100 kg $11.00 (flat fee)
Scales weigh in five (5) kg increments
Example(a) 205 kg of garbage costs $23.00 (b) 215 kg cost $24.00
Cost basis: $114.95 per metric tonne (1,000 kilograms)

Tires   

QuantityFee
Up to 100 kg (220 lbs). Approximately 5 tires
Free
Scales weigh in five (5) kg increments
Example: 175 kg costs $30.00 (Charge is based on entire load, not on the amount over 100 kg)
Cost basis: $172.43 per metric tonne (1,000 kilograms)
 

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste        

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste is free of charge with the exception of fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent Tube Fees

Size # of Units Fee/Unit
4' tubes 0 - 20 No Charge
more than 20 $0.25 per tube for entire load*
8' tubes 0 - 10 No Charge
more than 10 $0.60 per tube for entire load**
*cost example: 25 * 4' tubes = $6.25 (25 x 0.25 = $6.25)
**cost example: 15 * 8' tubes = $9.00 (15 x 0.60 = $9.00)

Follow these 6 simple steps to dispose of your waste at the drop-off depot:

Here is a brochure of the Drop-Off Depot process

Step 1
  • All vehicles containing waste must report to the weigh scales.
  • On entering the Drop-off Depot your vehicle will be weighed.
  • Note: Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronics disposal is free, so your vehicle does not need to be weighed.
  • Follow the on-site signs to drive directly to the HHW drop-off area.
Step 2
  • Declare the items being disposed:
    • Garbage, Recycling, Drywall, Scrap Metal, Tires, Electronic Waste, Yard Waste
Step 3
  • A deposit will be required before you will be allowed to dispose of your material. The deposit amount will depend on the estimated size of your load and the type of material.
  • A minimum $20 deposit will be required for all loads, and the payment methods are: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Debit cards.
Step 4
  • Staff will direct you to the appropriate disposal area. 
  • You are responsible for unloading items.
    • Note: Personal Protection Equipment is recommended when disposing material at these locations. The City of Toronto uses its best efforts to ensure that sites are clear of obstructions and hazards. The City takes no responsibilities for damages to vehicles while on site. Users should consider these locations as industrial.
Step 5
  • After materials are unloaded, the vehicle will return to the weigh scales where the net weight will be calculated and the final fee will be applied.

Step 6
  • Weigh scale receipt is printed, refund or additional funds are received to finalize the transaction.

Note: Vehicles containing separate loads of garbage and recycling must return to the weigh scales after each material type is disposed; if not, then disposal fee will be calculated based on the highest material rate.

Regulations

  1. Loads must arrive fully covered by tarpaulins or acceptable alternatives.
  2. Vehicle must come to a complete stop before being driven onto weighscales.
  3. Directions of City of Toronto personnel on duty must be obeyed.
  4. Only designated entrance and exit routes may be used.
  5. All speed limits and signs posted on site must be obeyed.
  6. Safety helmets and safety boots/shoes must be worn in designated areas.
  7. Unloading is permitted only in authorized designated areas.
  8. Only the driver shall leave the vehicle while in the unloading area.
  9. Tarpaulins and turnbuckles may be removed / released only in unloading area.
  10. All unloading doors are to be secured with chains or acceptable alternatives.
  11. Scavenging is prohibited.
  12. Smoking in the unloading area is prohibited.
  13. Loose material must be removed from truck boxes before the vehicle leaves the unloading area.
  14. All doors must be closed and secured before leaving the unloading area.
  15. Unsafe vehicles are not allowed on site.
  16. Generators of loads containing recyclable material must be identified.
  17. Mixed loads of waste, recyclable material and/or prohibited materials are not accepted.
  18. Waste material type and source must be identified.
  19. Materials listed as Prohibited Waste shall not be delivered to the Transfer Stations for disposal purposes.
  20. Disco Road Location: Due to the Asian Long Horned Beetle (ALHB) quarantine, all loads containing yard waste material originating outside of the quarantined area must be redirected to the Ingram or Dufferin transfer stations. ONLY loads originating inside the quarantine area bordered by Finch Avenue on the North, Martin Grove Road on the East, and Highway 401 on the South will be accepted at the Disco Transfer Station.

 

These Regulations will be enforced under the Transfer Station Bylaw that was enacted as Municipal Code Chapter 846 through Bylaw 746-2004 and contraventions of the Bylaw may result in access restrictions and/or fines. Revised: December 24, 2013

 

Prohibited Waste

The following materials shall not be delivered to the Transfer Stations for disposal purposes. 

Note: Drop-off Depots are made up of many facilities, one which is the Transfer Station and another is the HHW Facility. Materials stated in this prohibited list, are not necessarily rejected at HHW Facilities.

  1. Acute hazardous waste chemical as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  2. Biomedical waste, and pathological waste, whether solid or liquid, including but not limited to any animal or human organ or part thereof; bone, muscle or other animal or human tissue or part thereof; used bandages, poultices, dressings, medicines, vitamins, drugs, vaccines, needles, syringes, vials or any other similar material or substance which contains or may contain pathogenic micro-organisms or which may be hazardous or dangerous and anything designated as pathological waste by Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  3. Hazardous waste chemical as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  4. Corrosive waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  5. Hazardous industrial waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  6. Ignitable waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  7. PCB waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 362;
  8. PCB waste as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2003 40 CFR 761, in force on October 1, 2004;
  9. Radioactive waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation347;
  10. Reactive waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  11. Severely toxic waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  12. Leachate toxic waste as defined in Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, Regulation 347;
  13. Pharmaceutical waste;
  14. Any household product, material or item labelled as “corrosive,” “toxic,” “reactive,” “explosive,” “oxidizing,” “poisonous,” “infectious” or “flammable,” including but not limited to the following:
    1. Pool or photographic chemicals;
    2. Laundry bleach:
    3. Drain, oven, toilet and carpet cleaning solutions;
    4. Paint thinner and paint remover;
    5. Rat and mouse poison;
    6. Flea collars and powders;
    7. Insect killers;
    8. Moth balls;
    9. Weed killers;
    10. Fungicides;
    11. Wood preservatives;
    12. Oil-based and latex paints;
    13. Engine oil;
    14. Brake and transmission fluid;
    15. Antifreeze;
    16. Automotive batteries (including lead acid batteries);
    17. Ni-cad rechargeable batteries (including lead acid batteries);
    18. Propane tanks;
    19. Other gas tanks, including lighters;
    20. Aerosol containers; and
    21. Fire extinguishers.
  15. Waste generated as a result of construction, demolition or renovation, including but not limited to soil, drywall, bricks, concrete, concrete or cinder blocks, paving stones, asphalt, wood greater than 1.2 metres (four feet) in length, scrap metal, and asbestos;
  16. Hay, straw, manure or animal excrement;
  17. Any waste in liquid form including but not limited to swill or other organic matter not properly drained and securely wrapped;
  18. Sod, grass, grass clippings;
  19. Mixed loads of waste and recyclable material or recyclable (Blue Bin) materials that have been mixed with garbage;
  20. Beverage containers, including aluminum food or beverage cans (including cans made primarily of aluminum), glass bottles and jars for food or beverages, steel food or beverage cans (including cans made primarily of steel), polyethylene terephthalate bottles for food or beverages (including bottles made primarily of polyethylene terephthalate), from all generators of industrial, commercial and institutional waste;
  21. Municipal wastewater sewage sludge or any other type of industrial sludge;
  22. Catch basin and screening waste;
  23. Incinerator ash, red ash and any other type of ash;
  24. Dusty materials;
  25. Contaminated soil;
  26. Tires, shredded rubber, and any tire residue;
  27. Drums (plastic or metal drums/uncrushed drums);
  28. Waste logs and trees;
  29. Leaf and yard waste as defined in Ontario Regulation 101/94; Disco Transfer Station -Due to the Asian Long Horned Beetle (ALHB) quarantine, all loads containing yard waste material originating outside of the quarantine area must be redirected to the Ingram or Dufferin transfer stations. ONLY loads originating inside the quarantine area bordered by Finch on the North, Martin Grove on the East and Hwy 401 on the South will be accepted at the Disco Transfer Station.
  30. Railway ties, telephone poles and any wood waste greater than 1.2 metres (four feet) in length;
  31. Clean fill, soil, sand, and aggregates;
  32. Animal carcasses, animal by-products, slaughterhouse remains;
  33. Alternate daily cover inclusive of de-watered paper fibre, wood chips, road base;
  34. Discarded commercial chemical products, off-specification species, container residues, and spill residues thereof identified and listed as toxic hazardous wastes under Rule 226 and enumerated in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Waste Management Division’s Hazardous Waste Management Program Administrative Rules promulgated pursuant to Part 111 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, Rule 299.9226 Table 205c, in force on October 1, 2004; and
  35. Designated materials and other items which have been banned from landfill or for which reasonable alternative disposal methods are available, as determined by the Commissioner

 

Drop & Load (Tolling) Service

Toronto Solid Waste Management Services offers a convenient way for private haulers to manage waste collection.

  • Bring it to one of our 7 conveniently located transfer stations in Toronto
  • Use your own haulers and disposal sites
  • Access our certified scales, skilled staff and equipment
  • Competitive rates
  • No appointment required for collection vehicles – use our facilities anytime during our convenient hours including Saturdays at some locations
  • For haulers, we schedule loading times that work with your operations to minimize the time that your drivers are on-site

For more information call 311. 

ExpandPaint Reuse Depot

Residents can donate usable Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials, including oil and latex paint. Typically, half-full cans of oil and latex paint are set aside for residents to pick up - for free! 

Sometimes automotive products or cleaners that are in unopened containers are also available. Paint Reuse Depots are located at:

  • Bermondsey
  • Disco
  • Ingram
  • Scarborough

You can also take your leftover paint to your local Community Environment Day.

ExpandCompost Pick-up

Compost is available at the following sites:

  • Commissioners
  • Disco
  • Ingram
  • Scarborough
  • Victoria Park

  

Months: Saturday, April 1 to Saturday, September 30

Time: Saturday 7 AM - 12 PM (Compost is not available during week days)
 

Note: Residents are allowed a maximum of one (1) cubic meter per vehicle only.  You must bring your own containers.

Locations