Garbage & Recycling

Apartments & Condos

Multi-residential dwellings are residences with nine or more units and generally include apartments, condos, co-operative houses and some types of townhouses.

Residents

Helpful tips and information for residents living in apartments and condos.

Building Management

Programs, services and other important information for building owners, property managers and superintendents.

Apartments Above Stores

Information for residents living in apartments located above commercial stores.

Residents

Here's some basic information for residents living in apartments and condominiums.

  • Waste 'diversion' is the separation of materials like Blue Bin recyclables, Green Bin organics, household hazardous waste, electronic waste and yard waste from the garbage.
  • The less material that goes into the garbage (landfill), the higher the diversion rate, the better!
  • There is unlimited collection of Blue Bin recyclables and Green Bin organic material for City-serviced buildings.
  • Waste Management fees are charged based on the volume of garbage generated at the building.
  • If you effectively reduce and separate waste, your building could save money on Waste Management fees.

Here's some of the easiest ways to reduce your waste.

Join the 3Rs Ambassador Program!

Buy refillable or reusable containers

Avoid containers that can only be thrown away
Your trash is someone else's treasure! 

Fabric scraps, books, sporting goods, toys and clothing are always needed by non-profit groups
Bring your own bags 

Use reusable bags when you shop and try to buy in bulk as often as possible
Recycle when you can't reduce or reuse

Find out more about Toronto's recycling program
Compost your food 

It's a simple way to reduce waste and produce a nutrient-rich conditioner for your houseplants
Don't buy items with excess packaging. 

Write to manufacturers and let them know that you find their packaging wasteful
 

 

Building Management

Curbside Bin Collection

Services ProvidedWhenWhere
  • Garbage
  • Blue Bin Recycling
  • Green Bin Organics
  • Yard waste
  • Large Items (i.e. furniture)
  • Metal items
  • Electronic goods
  • Hazardous waste
  • Place items at curbside before 7 AM
  • As close to the street as possible without obstructing it
  • Clearly visible and accessible
  • Ensure 2 feet between bins
  • Never behind or on snow banks

 

Front-End Collection

Accepted ItemsWhenWhere
  • Garbage
  • Recycling
  • Organics
  • Yard waste
  • Large Items (i.e. furniture)
  • Metal items
  • Electronic goods
  • Hazardous waste
  • Place items at collection point before 7 AM
  • Open and secure service gates
  • Place containers in the appropriate direction at the designated collection point
  • Make sure wheels are locked
  • Clearly visible and accessible
  • Keep collection area clear of snow and ice

 

To calculate the fees for your building use the 2016 fees calculator.

2016 Fees Calculator (.xls)

Note: You will need the free Microsoft Excel viewer to open .xls files.

The 2016 operating and capital budgets for Solid Waste Management Services were approved by Toronto City Council in December 2015 and are effective January 1, 2016.

The collection of recycling, organics, yard waste, furniture items, and household hazardous waste is free.

 

Multi-Residential

Curbside Collection and Front-End Collection – Multi-Residential Customers

Collection fees are based on the overall volume of the garbage, with different rates applicable for compacted versus un-compacted garbage. The fee includes collection of Blue Bin recycling, Green Bin organics, yard waste, and household hazardous waste.

 Volume (yd3)Base rate (per unit, per year)Rebate (per unit, per year)Excess/yd3 of garbage
Un-compacted 1.917 $209.04 $185.00 $14.50
Compacted 0.9585 $29.02

Here are some of the programs available to residents living in apartments & condos.

Apartments Above Stores

Information for residents with bag program collection.

Accepted ItemsWhenWhere
  • Garbage - Regular size garbage bag (66 cm x 91 cm) affixed with a City of Toronto Garbage Bag Tag (available at Canadian Tire). Make sure Garbage Bag Tag is clearly visible.

 

  • Blue Bin Recycling - All recycling must be set out in clear/translucent bags. No bag tag is needed for recycling.

 

  • Green Bin Organics - Green Bins will be provided to residents using the Bags System.
  • Place items out between 6 PM and 9 PM
  • As close to the street as possible without obstructing it
  • Clearly visible and accessible
  • Never behind or on snow banks

Large Items:

  • The City will pick up large items (appliances, furniture, carpets, etc.) from your curbside.

Information for residents with bin program collection.

Accepted ItemsWhenWhere
  • Garbage - All garbage must fit in the City-issued Garbage Bin with the lid closed. For overflow garbage, you must affix a City of Toronto Garbage Bag Tag (available at Canadian Tire).

 

  • Blue Bin Recycling - All recycling, including newspapers, magazines and cardboard, must fit in the Blue Bin with the lid closed. Place overflow recyclables in clear bags.

 

  • Green Bin Organics Green Bins will be provided to residents using the Bin System.

  • Place items out between 6 PM and 9 PM
  • As close to the street as possible without obstructing it
  • Clearly visible and accessible
  • Ensure 2 feet between and 10 feet above bins
  • Never behind or on snow banks

Large Items:

  • The City will pick up large items (appliances, furniture, carpets, etc.) from your curbside.