The City of Toronto waste diversion collection services for multi-residential buildings includes electronic waste (E-waste). Collection will vary somewhat depending on the service provider for the building, i.e. in-house collections or Miller collections. If you receive curbside (in-house) collection at your building see "Single family homes, low rise apartments and condos with curbside collection".
What items should go in E-waste?
Smaller items such as: telephones and accessories, cell phones, pagers, cameras, video recorders, personal hand-held computers, computer cables, mouse(s), and radios. Portable and laptop computers and keyboards VCRs, DVD players may also be put in the container as long as the weight does not exceed 20kg. Please remove all batteries. Dispose of batteries at HHW depots.
See "Examples of accepted electronic items for collection".
How do I put out larger items such as computers and monitors?
Place larger electronic items at your building’s regular collection point designated for bulky items. Ensure they are visible and accessible.
Is this program mandatory?
No. However, it will help you reduce the amount of waste you are generating, which affects your Solid Waste fees. It’s the City’s goal to achieve 70% waste diversion and this is a program aimed at keeping electronic waste out of landfill sites and either recycled or safely disposed of.
Is there a charge for the E-waste collection?
Collection is a free service to encourage waste diversion and ensure electronics items are disposed of safely, recycled and kept out of landfill sites.
Where are the electronics items taken after collection?
All of the electronics items collected are taken to a City warehouse. They are packaged for shipping through OES transporters to OES approved processors and recyclers for recycling and safe, secure disposal of any potentially hazardous content.
How and when will the electronics items be collected?
You must have a minimum of five (5) items to book a collection. Remember, the open top rigid container with the items must not weigh more than 20 kg according to City collection policy. Along with the container, you can place out four (4) or more electronic items such as: TV’s, stereos and computers, monitors, etc. Place all electronics items out at your regular collection point, please ensure they are visible.
A different style of truck from your regular garbage truck will pick up all electronics for either recycling or safe disposal. Always keep weather conditions in mind when placing items out for collection. In winter storms, we ask that you hold onto items until it’s clear of snow and ice.
Examples of accepted electronic items