Garbage & Recycling

City collects electronics for recycling

Toronto makes it very easy to get rid of unwanted electronics. This City program keeps E-waste out of its landfill site by ensuring these items are either recycled or safely disposed of. 

Electronics Recycling

Important Notes:

  • For computers and related components that are in working condition, visit the ReUseIt page for reuse ideas and a list of charities and organizations that accept donations.
  • VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs do not go in your Blue Bin. Please pass them on for reuse or check your local electronics store's recycling program. Some electronics stores have e-recycling programs that accept CDs, DVDs, batteries etc. Please do not bring cassette and video tapes to Community Environment Days. If there is no other option, put these items in your Garbage Bin.
  • The City no longer distributes E-waste containers to apartments and condos. Buildings can use any open top reusable container (without a lid).

 

Collection Information

E-Waste curbside collection FAQ

E-Waste curbside collection frequently asked questions

The City is not responsible for personal information contained on your cell phone and other electronic devices. You need to remove all personal information (e.g. remove SIM card/hard drive or have hard drive professionally wiped clean) before putting your electronics out for pick-up.  Find out how (PDF).

Proper set out

Set these items out for pick-up 0.5 metre (2 feet) away from your Garbage Bin. Make sure the items can be seen by the collections crews. Large items, such as computer monitors and televisions, can be put on the ground. Smaller items, such as cell phones, should be put in a clear plastic bag or in an open cardboard box (it is preferable if small items are not put out as single items). If the weather is bad, please put electronics out on the next Garbage Bin collection day. Drop-off Depots and Community Environment Days continue to accept these items.

Examples of accepted items for collection

Is this program mandatory and if so, is there a collection charge?

No the program is not mandatory, however, it will help you reduce the amount of waste generated, which affects your Solid Waste fees. This special collection is a free service. It's the City's goal to achieve 70% waste diversion from landfill. This is a program aimed at keeping electronic waste out of landfill sites and either recycled or safely disposed of.

Related Links

E-Waste Apartments & Condos Collection FAQ

E-Waste containerized collection, frequently asked questions

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

Related Links

What electronics can I recycle?

  • Always remember, to protect your privacy, clear all personal information from computers, cell phones and electronics prior to collection/drop-off/donation (wipe your drives/clear your SIM cards).
  • Clear plastic bags and cardboard boxes that electronics are placed in for collection are recycled.

 

Small Electronics

  • Cell phones and home phones
  • Computer cables and accessories
  • Laptop computers
  • Keyboards
  • VCR/DVD players
  • Hand-held computers
  • Pagers
  • Radios
  • Cameras and video recorders

Large Electronics

  • TVs
  • Desktop computers and monitors
  • Printers and scanners
  • Copiers
  • Typewriters
  • Fax machines
  • Stereos, tuners and turntables
  • Receivers and speakers

 

Not accepted as E-waste

  • Batteries (must be disposed of safely at a Household Hazardous Waste Depot or through an authorized retail program)
  • Smoke detectors/alarms (remove batteries and dispose of as garbage)
  • Toner cartridges (remove from printer before setting printer out for E-waste collection; follow cartridge manufacturer's instructions for recycling or dispose of as garbage)

Drop Off Depots

Private car entering a drop-off depot

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