Garbage & Recycling

Mayor’s Towering Challenge

The Mayor's Towering Challenge motivates building Property Managers, Superintendents, Owners, Boards, 3Rs Ambassadors and residents to improve waste diversion in apartments, condominiums and co-operatives.

Almost half of Toronto residents live in apartments, condos and co-ops, but they recycle and compost only 27% of their waste compared to 65% of waste in single-family homes. We all have a part to play to reach the City of Toronto's goal of 70% diversion from landfill and the Mayor's Towering Challenge could help us get there.

Even though the Challenge is over, we invite you to continue your excellent waste diversion efforts - or start now. For buildings with City of Toronto waste collection, contact for posters, stickers, lobby displays, kitchen catchers, recycling bags, presentations, site visits and support.

Congratulations to the Winner!

Omni Forest Mansions - 115, 117, 119, 123 & 125 Omni Drive

A condominium complex in Scarborough 
Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions in the following categories.
Overall Winner Omni Forest Mansion - 115, 117, 119, 123 & 125 Omni Drive n/a
Best Reduce & Reuse Initiative MTCC 1273 - 18 Sommerset Way 7 & 21 Richgrove Drive
Best Leadership 20 Prince Arthur Avenue Harbourside - 55 &65 Harbour Square
Best Initiative Using Data Capreit - 5 & 15 Tangreen Court Symphony Place – 71 Simcoe Street 
Best Resident Engagement Initiative Hugh Garner Housing Co-operative - 550 Ontario Street Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace - 3001 Finch Avenue West
Most Innovative Millgate Manor Condominiums - 812 Burnhamthorpe Road The Monet – 60 Byng Avenue
For more information about what the buildings did please see the backgrounder

Thank you to Loblaw Corporation Inc. for providing support to the BBQ for the winner of the Mayor's Towering Challenge. 


Winners of the Mayor's Towering Challenge will receive two memberships each to The Sharing Depot. The Sharing Depot is a community hub where members have access to a wide range of things without having to own or store them. Items that can be borrowed include camping equipment, house party supplies, board games, toys and sporting equipment.

Quick Stats

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Building Spotlight

Mark your Calendar

Challenge period informationDate

June 30, 2016 – September 6, 2016

Challenge officially opens September 1, 2016
Challenge officially closes March 3, 2017
Written Submissions due Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 11:59pm
Judging Committee reviews submissions April 2017
Winner Announced May 2017
Awards Ceremony May 2017

Special EventsDate
City of Toronto staff visit your building At your convenience
Spotlights announced – highlighting good efforts through Challenge period Approximately once a month September 2016 – March 2017
Free Screening of The True Cost Movie November 17, 2016
Tour of 550 Ontario St. December 2, 2016
Tour of 430 McLevin Ave. December 6, 2016
Tour of 812 Burnhamthorpe Rd. December 9, 2016
3Rs Ambassador Volunteer Training for Building Staff and Residents January 26, 2017
Webinar to review Submission Requirements February 15, 2017
Award Ceremony May 2017

Challenge Details

EligibilityRegisterFinal Submission Requirements Prize

Any building with nine units or more were able to join the Challenge. 

Non-City customers were also encouraged to participate.

Registration is now closed.

The following people were able to register for the Challenge on behalf of their building: property manager, board member, superintendent, resident, 3Rs Ambassador or owner.

Permission from the Property Manager, Property Management Company or Board was required to ensure their support.


1. Log Sheets: Track the buildings' waste volume and lifts

2. Waste Reduction Task List: Generate ideas for improving waste diversion and track improvements

3. Written Submission: Reflect on waste diversion implementation within the building over the Challenge period.

The Judging Committee will review your submission and select the winning building. See Scoring Matrix.

Recognition was given to buildings that submitted information on our website – check out the Spotlights.

All successful buildings will be awarded a plaque/certificate at an award ceremony in the Spring.

The winning building will receive recognition at a special event hosted by Mayor John Tory.

Activities for Kids

Fun ways to learn the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycling!

Blue Bin Word Search Green Bin Word Search Word Match Draw Garbage Compost Colouring Sheet Recycling Colouring sheet


Judging Committee

Tower & Neighbourhood Revitalization