Bylaw Enforcement

Parks and Waste

Responsible for enforcing bylaws regarding illegal waste disposal and dogs off-leash, postering, parks use and conduct and clothing drop boxes.

ExpandAbandoned Refrigerators and Appliances

abandoned refrigerator

Abandoned appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers present a public safety concern, especially for young children who could become trapped inside.

Under Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 659, doors and locks of abandoned appliances must be removed.

Appliances that are outside on private property and are being used are not considered abandoned.

Contact us to report an abandoned freezer, refrigerator, washing machine or other large appliance that does not have its doors removed.

Frequently Asked Questions



Someone left an appliance sitting at the curb in front of XX street.  The doors are still attached. Contact 311.  ML&S will respond before the end of the day to investigate and secure the appliance if necessary.

I saw a refrigerator dumped at the intersection of XX street on the boulevard.

Contact 311.  ML&S will respond the same day if the doors are still attached.  If the doors have been removed, ML&S will investigate following standard investigative procedures.

There is a fridge/freezer/dishwasher/oven with its door(s) removed sitting at the curb for garbage pick-up.  Why didn't the City pick it up?

Contact 311 to determine the reason – too close to garbage bin, etc.  Separate collection crews are used on garbage collection days.

My neighbour left his refrigerator in his back yard.  He uses it for his backyard bbqs.  I am afraid a child may get stuck in it.

We will not investigate this.  The refrigerator is being used properly so ML&S will not get involved.

ExpandResidential Waste Collection

waste bin outside homeAs per Chapter 844, Waste Collection, Residential Properties, the City of Toronto provides collection calendars to residents regarding the placement of their waste (garbage) - when, where and how it is to be placed at the curb side. The collection of waste is carried out by the City's Solid Waste Management Division.

The Waste Collection, Residential Properties Chapter states that general garbage and recycling items are to be placed at the curb side no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on the day before collection and no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection.

The City is committed to its recycling program. Items not collected at curbside can be dropped off at community recycling depots throughout the City. Check your collection calendar for information.

Yard Waste
The City collects yard waste, beginning in the spring of every year, every other week. The City does not collect grass clippings. Please leave them on your lawn or compost them at home.

Christmas Trees
The City collects Christmas trees beginning in January for two weeks only. Please leave your Christmas tree at the curb side and the City will pick it up and recycle it.

Illegal dumping
Dumping of garbage on private property, boulevards and City streets is illegal. Anyone found dumping garbage on City or private property will be prosecuted.

Learn more on the Solid Waste website.


ExpandCommercial Waste Collection

Worker emptying recycling binAs per Chapter 841 Waste Collection, Commercial Properties, the Waste Collection, Commercial Properties Chapter states that waste generated from commercial properties must be placed in pre-paid City authorized yellow bags and placed at the curb side according to the garbage collection schedule which is outlined in the Chapter. Failure to do so will result in fines and/or prosecution by the City.


The City is committed to the recycling program. Garbage is regularly inspected to ensure that recycling materials are not being included in the garbage intended for a landfill.

Learn more on the Solid Waste website.



ExpandLitter, Illegal Dumping of Garbage and Waste Collection

abandoned furniture

Report littering, illegal dumping or a problem with waste collection on private and public property, including parks.  

What is illegal dumping?
Illegal dumping refers to bags (including grocery bags) or large quantities of garbage or items being deposited onto public or private property without the owner’s consent.

My garbage bin is full. Is it against a City bylaw to put my garbage in a park garbage container?

Yes. If you have more garbage than will fit in your bin, you can leave extra garbage bags beside your garbage container for collection, as long as a City-issued tag is attached. Garbage bag tags can be purchased at Canadian Tire stores.

What is the fine for illegal dumping?
The fine is $365, as per the City of Toronto Parks Bylaw 548.


ExpandParks Enforcement

view of park from balcony

Municipal Code Chapter 608 regulates activities which take place in City of Toronto parks, such as:

  • alcohol consumption

  • amplified noise without a permit.

  • bicycles

  • conduct

  • events with no permit

  • firearms and offensive weapons

  • fireworks

  • gliders and hot air balloons

  • illegal dumping and storing materials on park lands

  • illegal vending

  • land encroachments

  • model aircraft and rockets

  • skating

  • smoking

Every person who is convicted of an offence is liable to a fine of not more than $5,000.

ExpandSigns and Posters on Public Property

Download a Postering 101 .pdf

Help to keep our city clean, green and beautiful – use the City’s public kiosks and message centres for your posters and signs. Toronto Municipal Code 693, Posters on Public Property regulates the placement of posters in Toronto. The City actively patrols and enforces the bylaw.

Placing any poster or sign other than a community poster on public property or in any place other than the permitted kiosks will not be permitted.

What posters can be put up on city property (e.g. utility poles)?

Posters or signs regarding community issues such as a lost pet, a yard sale or cultural and / or religious events are permitted on locations other than City-approved structures.

I run a small business – can I put my posters on telephone poles?

No. If you are running a business, please do not put posters on:

  • Utility poles
  • Traffic signs
  • Bus shelters
  • Trees
  • Street litter disposal containers

Please use the community kiosks and message boards provided by the city.

See the list of community kiosk and message board locations; or view a map overview of the locations throughout the City.

There is no message board or kiosk where I want to put up my poster. Who can I contact to recommend additional locations?

Please call 311 or e-mail suggestions to

What is the fine for putting up posters or signs illegally?

The fine is $490.