Garbage & Recycling

Community Environment Days

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.

 

2015 Community Environment Days Event Schedule

  • Saturday and Sunday events are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday events are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Download 2015 Event  / Activities Schedule

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April

DateCouncillorLocationAddress

Saturday, April 4

Perks Sorauren Park Along Wabash Ave (south of Dundas St W)
Saturday, April 4
Lee Nashdene Yard 70 Nashdene Rd
Saturday, April 11 Perruzza Black Creek Pioneer Village 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy (east of Jane St, off Steeles Ave)
Saturday, April 11 Bailao Dufferin Mall Parking Lot 900 Dufferin St (south of Bloor St)
Saturday, April 18
Di Giorgio Amesbury Arena 155 Culford Rd (south of Lawrence Ave, east of Black Creek Dr)

Sunday,  April 19

Ford / Holyday
Etobicoke Civic Centre Behind city building (off The West Mall, south of Burnhamthorpe Rd)
Saturday, April 25
Layton Fred Hamilton Park Along Shaw St (south of College St)
Sunday,  April 26 Mihevc Wychwood Barns Along Wychwood Ave (south of St. Clair Ave W)
Thursday, April 30 McConnell Lower Sherbourne Park Along Frederick st (south of The Esplanade)

May

DateCouncillorLocationAddress
Saturday, May 2

Thompson

McGregor Community Centre 2219 Lawrence Ave E (west of Kennedy Rd)
Saturday, May 2
Doucette Sir Casimir Gzowski Park 2001 Lake Shore Blvd W (east of Ellis Ave)
Tuesday, May 5
Mammolitti Downsview Arena Parking Lot
1633 Wilson Ave
Saturday, May 9
Cressy Central Technical School 725 Bathurst St (enter from Harbord St & Borden St)
Saturday, May 9
Carroll Enbridge Gas West Parking Lot 500 Consumers Rd (west of Victoria Park)
Thursday, May 14 Minnan - Wong Donwoods Plaza 51-81 Underhill Dr (north of Lawrence Ave E)
Saturday, May 16
Berardinetti SATEC @W.A. Poter Collegiate Insitute 40 Fairfax Cres (west of Warden Ave)
Saturday, May 16 Palacio Loretto College 151 Rosemount Ave (west of Dufferin St)
Thursday, May 21 McMahon Ted Reeve Arena Parking Lot
175 Main St. (enter off Ted Reeve Dr, north of Gerrard St)
Saturday, May 23 Campbell Richview Collegiate 1738 Islington Ave (at Eglinton Ave W)
Saturday, May 23
Nunziata Toronto Parking Authority Lot John St at Weston Rd
Thursday, May 28
Crawford Birchmount Community Centre 93 Birchmount Rd (at Kingston Rd)
Saturday, May 30 Di Ciano Etobicoke Civic Centre Behind city building (off The West Mall, south of Burnhamthorpe Rd)
Saturday, May 30 Robinson York Mills Collegiate East Parking Lot
490 York Mills Rd

June

DateCouncillorLocationAddress
Tuesday, June 2
Pasternak Esther Shiner Stadium 5720 Bathurst St (at Finch Ave W)
Thursday, June 4
Matlow North Toronto Memorial Arena 174 Orchardview Blvd (off Yonge St, north of Eglinton Ave W)
Saturday, June 6
Karygiannis L'Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre
Enter off McNicoll Ave (west of Kennedy Rd)
Saturday, June 6
Grimes Snow Storage Facility 207 New Toronto St (east of Kipling Ave, across from CN Rail Yard)
Saturday, June 13 Shiner Seneca College, Newnham Campus Rear Parking Lot
1750 Finch Ave. E. (enter off Don Mills Rd.)
Saturday, June 13
Fragedakis Dieppe Park 455 Cosburn Ave (east of Greenwood Ave)
Saturday, June 20
Davis East York Memorial Arena Parking Lot
888 Cosburn Ave
Saturday, June 20
Kelly Agincourt Mall 3850 Sheppard Ave (at Kennedy Rd)
Saturday, June 27 Augimeri Downsview Park (enter off Sheppard Ave W, east of Keele St)
Saturday, June 27
Carmichael Greb North Toronto Memorial Arena 174 Orchardview Blvd (off Yonge St, north of Eglinton)

July

DateCouncillorLocationAddress
Saturday, July 11
Crisanti Albion Centre 1530 Albion Rd (at Kipling Ave)
Saturday, July 11
Moeser Colonel Danforth Park
73 Colonel Danforth Trail (off Kingston Rd & Lawson Rd)
Saturday, July 18 Filion Earl Haig Secondary School 100 Princess Ave (Kenneth Ave, south of Empress Ave)

September - October

DateCouncillorLocationAddress
Saturday, Sept. 12  Wong-Tam Allan Gardens Along Carlton St (between Jarvis St & Sherbourne St)
Saturday, Sept. 12 Ainslie Morningside Work Yard 891 Morningside Ave (south of Hwy 401)
Saturday, Sept. 19 Burnside Leaside High School Parking Lot 200 Hanna Rd
Saturday, Sept. 19 Cho Malvern Community Recreation Centre 30 Sewells Rd (east of Neilson Rd, north of Sheppard Ave E)
Saturday Sept. 26 Fletcher Riverdale Park East Along Broadview Ave (south of Danforth Ave)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Colle Glen Long Community Centre Along Glen Long Ave (west of Dufferin St)
Saturday, Oct. 3 De Baeremaeker Cedarbrae Mall 3495 Lawrence Ave E (west side of parking lot)

Products Available - Fees apply

  • Backyard Composter
  • 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, E-cigarettes, 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)
  • 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
(household hazardous waste)
80,781 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted

2006 25,993

231,364 kg of electronics
490,560 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
145,759 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted

2007 31,447

314, 147 kg of electronics
586,768 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
187, 519 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted

2008 56,026

417,772 kg of electronics
604,576 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
228,155 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted

2009 40,319 353,820 kg of electronics
412,505 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
177,871 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted
2010 32,863 335,851 kg of electronics
406,640 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
69,597 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted
2011 30,053

272,450 kg of electronics
332, 695 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
135, 952 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted

2012 25,916

202,240 kg of electronics
290,030 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
67,110 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted

2013 24,594

155,490 kg of electronics
303,945 kg of HHW
(household hazardous waste)
108,652 kg of non-Blue box
material diverted

2014 29,751

167,661 kg of electronics
310,845 kg HHW
(household hazardous waste)
68,792 kg of reusable household goods
7,468 kg of arts & crafts supplies

Note:

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:

  • Toronto Water
  • 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.

  

Headlines

Toronto accepts new plastic items to Blue Bin program

Toronto's Blue Bin recycling program accepts plastic film – the soft, stretchy type that includes bags used for dry cleaning, soil, sandwiches, bread, milk, bulk food and produce, frozen fruit and vegetables, as well as overwrap from toilet paper and paper towels.