Garbage & Recycling

Community Environment Days

Note: Community Environment Days are finished for the 2014 season.

Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose

Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring us your unused and unwanted household items and you will help to:

  • Extend the life of a product by offering it to someone for reuse.
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ensure that it is properly recycled.
  • Ensure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely.


Products Available - Fees may apply

  • Backyard Composter
  • Green Bin
  • Kitchen Container

Pick up for FREE

  • Green Bin and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged bin)
  • Leaf Compost (limit of one cubic metre per household)

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal

  • Computer Equipment & Peripherals
    (e.g., desktops, laptops, hand-held portables, monitors, printing devices, etc.)
  • Audio/Visual Equipment & Peripherals
    (e.g., telephones, cell phones, pda’s and pagers, cameras, small TVs, radios, receivers, speakers, tuners, equalizers, turntables, projectors, recorders, DVD players and VCRs, etc.)
  • Household Hazardous Waste
    (e.g., cleaning supplies and solvents, motor oil, paint, batteries, old/unused medication, mercury thermometers/thermostats, pesticides, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, etc.)

Items donated to local schools for reuse

  • Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
  • Buttons and keys
  • Clipboards, corks and cork boards
  • LP records, CDs and cases
  • Children’s books
  • Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands
  • Yarn and dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)
  • 35 mm cameras and equipment

Items donated for reuse (please keep separate from others)

  • Sporting goods(e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
  • Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
  • Medical equipment in good condition (e.g. eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.)
  • Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
  • Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
  • Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

Please do not bring: construction waste, garbage, gasoline, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/ industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bags, foam polystyrene, empty paint and empty aerosol cans in your blue bin.

Torontonians are more actively involved in dealing with current environmental challenges and are bringing more of their “stuff” to Community Environment Day events for re-using, recycling or safe disposal.

YearParticipantsAmount of Waste Collected
2004 21,000 373,780 kg of HHW (household hazardous waste)
216,697 kg of non-Blue box material diverted (including electronics)
2005 21,500 194,969 kg of electronics
445,672 kg of HHW
80,781 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2006 25,993 231,364 kg of electronics
490,560 kg of HHW
145,759 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2007 31,447 314, 147 kg of electronics
586,768 kg of HHW
187, 519 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2008 56,026 417,772 kg of electronics
604,576 kg of HHW
228,155 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2009 40,319 353,820 kg of electronics
412,505 kg of HHW
177,871 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2010 32,863 335,851 kg of electronics
406,640 kg of HHW
69,597 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2011 30,053 272,450 kg of electronics
332, 695 kg of HHW
135, 952 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2012 25,916 202,240 kg of electronics
290,030 kg of HHW
67,110 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2013 24,594 155,490 kg of electronics
303,945 kg of HHW
108,652 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
2014 29,751

167,661 kg of electronics

310,845 kg HHW

68,792 kg of reusable household goods

7,468 kg of arts & crafts supplies


Non-Blue box materials include donations for reuse or recycling through community organizations and TDSB schools. Prior to 2009, the total non-Blue box amount listed here also included plastic shopping bags and polystyrene, which have since been included in the Blue Bin program.

The program has partnered creatively with several groups, including:

  • Live Green Toronto

  • Community Environment Days are also now registered collectors in Provincial programs developed by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) in co-operation with Ontario Electronic Stewardship and Stewardship Ontario. While these events no longer accept used tires for recycling, if you need to get rid of old tires, you can find out how by visiting  Ontario Tire Stewardship.

  • Orange Drop is an industry-funded recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials out of Ontario's landfills and waterways. The Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return designated materials to local Municipal HHW Depots, retail sites and collection events across Ontario. Visit the Orange Drop website.