Garbage & Recycling

Large outdoor green bin

Green Bin (Organics)

Almost 50% (by weight) of household waste is organic material. 

The Green Bin Program collects organic waste and turns it into compost.  We currently service 460,000 single-family households. Apartment and condo buildings, along with Toronto schools and many City-owned buildings are also participating in the program. 


Raccoon sitting on top of green bin

New Green Bin

New bins are going out to households on daytime curbside collection service. The main benefits include:

  • easy for residents to use
  • a new animal-resistant latch
  • more capacity for increased diversion (37% of garbage is organic material)
  • designed for automated collection

Click on the video to the right (top left) to see how the new Green Bin is made!

Green Bin Rollout Map

As reflected in the District overview map below, the new Green Bins were delivered and are now in use in the Scarborough Community,  Etobicoke Community, in the north part of the District 2 collection area (west of Yonge and north of Eglinton) and in the north part of the District 3 collection area (east of Yonge, west of Victoria Park and north of Eglinton).

Deliveries to the south part of the District 2 collection area (west of Yonge and south of Eglinton) began May 19, 2017. It will take approximately three months to complete this area, which only involves the Tues. 2; Wed. 2; Thurs. 1; and Fri. 1 collection routes. The rest of the City is scheduled to receive their new Green Bins by the end of this year.

Delivery Completed November  2016 North area of D2- Delivery Completed March 2017
North area of D3 - Delivery Completed May 2017 Delivery Completed September 2016

 (Updated: July 24, 2017)

Select from the following collection day links in the south part of District 2 for the status of new Green Bin deliveries.

Tuesday 2; Wednesday 2; Thursday 1; Friday 1

What Happens to Organics?

Your organics are picked up and taken directly to an organics processing facility, one of which is the Disco Organic Processing Facility (DOPF), which employs a biological process, called anaerobic digestion. This breaks down the organic material in an oxygen deprived vessel. The resulting product is a digestate which is sent to contractors to be converted into compost. The compost is used on park-lands and gardens instead of being sent to landfill.

See for yourself in this presentation "From curbside to compost."

Disposal Tips
Houses (curbside collection)Multi-Residential collection
  • Line either your kitchen container or Green Bin (do not line both)
  • Use either a plastic bag or kraft paper bag to line either container
  • Line your kitchen container with a plastic bag
  • Take bag to your building’s central Green Bin

What goes in my Green Bin?

Note: Take food items out of plastic bags/wrap & do not use biodegradable bags

Download your Green Bin Tips (.pdf)

Bread, toast, cereal, baked goods, pizza FruitCake, cookies, pie, muffins, candiesCoffee grounds, filters, tea bags
Dairy products, eggs  shellsPasta, couscous, potatoes, rice, oatmeal, our, grainsMeat, fish, shellshNuts, nutshells
Vegetables, corn cobs and husks, pumpkins, saladsHouse plantsDiapers, sanitary productsNapkins, paper towels, facial tissues (not soiled with chemicals or make-up)

Frequently Asked Questions

ExpandIs there a limit on how much I can put in a Green Bin?

There is no limit on the amount of Green Bin materials that may be placed for collection each week, however a Green Bin cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs).  

Note: The weight maximum only applies to older Green Bins that are manually collected.

ExpandWhat does the City supply to residents?

Every household with curbside pick-up receives:

  • An Indoor Organics Container that can be attached inside a cupboard or kept on the counter
  • An Outdoor Organics Container (green) for the curb. This has wheels and handles which makes it easy to move around
  • Instructions about what goes into the Green Bin
  • Apartment/condo residents receive a kitchen container