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.

2014 Community Environment Days Event Schedule

  • Saturday and Sunday events are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday events are from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Download the 2014 Event Schedule / Activities Schedule (PDF 42,467 KB)

Please be advised that the Community Environment Day event at Carmine Stefano CC in ward 7 has been cancelled.


Saturday, April 5
Nunziata Toronto Parking Authority Lot (John St. at Weston Rd.)
Saturday, April 5
Perruzza Black Creek Pioneer Village 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. (east of Jane St., off Steeles Ave.)
Saturday, April 12 Leon / Milczyn 2 Civic centre Court behind City building (off The West Mall, south of Burnhamthorpe Rd.)
Sunday, April 13 Wong-Tam Allan Gardens along Carlton St. (between Jarvis St. & Sherbourne St.)
Saturday, April 19
Perks Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave. (south of Dundas St. W.)
Saturday, April 19
Di Giorgio / Mayor Rob Ford
Amesbury Arena 155 Culford Rd. (south of Lawrence Ave., east of Black Creek Dr.)
Saturday, April 26
Thompson McGregor Park 2219 Lawrence Ave. E. (west of Kennedy Rd.)
Sunday. April 27 Mihevc Wychwood Barns along Wychwood Ave. (south of St. Clair Ave. W.)


Thursday, May 1



Carmine Stefano Community Centre 3100 Weston Rd. (at Sheppard Ave. W.)
Saturday, May 3
McConnell Lower Sherbourne Park along Frederick St. (south of The Esplanade)
Sunday, May 4 Davis East York Memorial Arena Parking Lot 888 Cosburn Ave.
Saturday, May 10 Fletcher Riverdale Park East along Broadview Ave. (south of Danforth Ave.)
Saturday, May 10 Vaughan Central Technical School 725 Bathurst St. (enter from Harbord St. & Borden St.)
Thursday, May 15 Minnan Wong Donwoods Plaza 51-81 Underhill Dr. (north of Lawrence Ave. E.)
Saturday, May 17 Palacio Loretto College 151 Rosemount Ave. (west of Dufferin St.)
Saturday, May 17 Augimeri Downsview Park (enter off Sheppad Ave. W., east of Keele St.)
Thursday, May 22 Layton Fred Hamilton Park along Shaw St. (south of College St.)
Saturday, May 24 McMahon Ted Reeve Arena 175 Main St. (enter off Ted Reeve Dr., north of Gerrard St.)
Sunday, May 25 Colle Glen Long Community Centre along Glen Long Ave. (just west of Dufferin St.)
Thursday, May 29
Matlow North Toronto Memorial Arena 174 Orchard View Blvd. (off Yonge St., north of Eglinton Ave. W.)
Saturday, May 31 Robinson York Mills Collegiate 490 York Mills Rd. (east parking lot)


Sunday, June 1 Doucette Sir Casimir Gzowski Park 2001 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (just east of Ellis Ave.)
Thursday, June 5 D. Ford Woodbine Centre 500 Rexdale Blvd. (at Hwy 27)
Saturday, June 7
Kelly Agincourt Mall
3850 Sheppard Ave. E. (at Kennedy Rd.)
Sunday, June 8
Lee Nashdene Yard 70 Nashdene Rd.
Thursday, June 12 Crawford Birchmount Community Centre 93 Birchmount Rd. (at Kingston Rd.)
Saturday, June 14
Shiner Seneca College, Newnham Campus 1750 Finch Ave. E., rear parking lot (enter off Don Mills Rd.)
Saturday, June 14 Filion Earl Haig Secondary School 100 Princess Ave. (Kenneth Ave., south of Empress Ave.)
Thursday, June 19 Stintz North Toronto Memorial Arena 174 Orchardview Blvd. (off Yonge St., north of Eglinton Ave. W.)
Saturday, June 21 Del Grande L'Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre (enter off McNicoll Ave., just west of Kennedy Rd.)
Saturday, June 21
Fragedakis Dieppe Park 455 Cosburn Ave. (east of Greenwood Ave.)
Thursday, June 26 Pasternak Esther Shiner Stadium 5720 Bathurst St. (at Finch Ave. W.)
Saturday, June 28 Moeser Colonel Danforth Park 73 Colonel Danforth Trail (off Kingston Rd. and Lawson Rd.)
Saturday, June 28 Lindsay Luby Richview Collegiate 1738 Islington Ave. (at Eglinton Ave. W.)


Saturday, July 5
Grimes Snow Storage Facility 207 New Toronto St. (east of Kipling Ave., across from CN Rail Yard)
Saturday, July 5
Bailao Dufferin Mall Parking Lot
900 Dufferin St. (south of Bloor St.)
Thursda, 10 Parker East York Town Centre 45 Overlea Blvd. (at Thorncliffe Park Dr.)
Saturday, July 12 Crisanti Albion Centre 1530 Albion Rd. (at Kipling Ave.)
Saturday, July 12 Cho Malvern Community Recreation Centre 30 Sewells Rd. (east of Neilson Rd., north of Sheppard Ave. E.)
Saturday, July 19 De Baeremaeker Centennial Recreation Centre 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (west of Markham Rd.)
Saturday, July 19 Ainslie Morningside Works Yard 891 Morningside Ave. (south of Hwy 401)
Saturday, July 26 Carroll Enbridge Gas, west parking lot 500 Consumers Rd. (west of Victoria park Ave.)
Saturday, July 26 Berardinetti SATEC @ W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute 40 Fairfax Cres. (west of Warden Ave.)



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.

Year # of Participants Amount 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


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.