RESOURCE: List of waste to collect in your building

There are many types of household waste - providing education and options to sort and collect each type will help your building reduce garbage. 

Collection options:

  • The City of Toronto provides collection of organics and special waste free as part of their service contract. You can review all waste collected by the City here
  • Buildings with private waste collection will need to confirm what their service provider collects
  • Some reusable materials are collected by charitable and other organizations - from large national charities, to local organizations seeking a few specific items
  • Many retail locations that sell hazardous and special items have drop-off bins for used items - including hardware stores, pharmacies and electronics stores
Type  Description Collection options
Recyclables

Paper, glass metal and plastic packaging and disposable containers*

*specifics vary by service provider
City of Toronto or other waste service providers

Organics - food scraps
Food scraps, and compostable waste (may include compostable paper, pet waste, diapers*)
*specifics vary by service provider

City of Toronto or other waste service providers

Self-managed on-site collection in composters, digesters


Used clothing & textiles
Clothing, household fabrics, linens, shoes, stuffed toys, purses and more (may accept non-reusable condition as well)
Charitable and other textile collection organizations
  • On-site collection bins
  • Collection events
  • Drop-off sites
Reusable household goods Various items including household kitchenware, dishes, home decor, books, games and toys in usable condition.

Charitable and other organizations

  • On-site collection bins
  • Collection events
  • Drop-off sites

Self-managed building swap or reuse events


Furniture in good condition

Household furniture in reusable condition

Charitable and other organizations 

  • Collection events
  • Drop-off sites

(e.g. Furniture Bank, Habitat for Humanity)


Used electronics

Electronics in working or non-working condition including computers, phones, televisions and related accessories

City of Toronto

  • Toxic Taxi pick up*
  • Depot drop-off

Charitable and other organization

  • Drop-off sites
  • Collection events
    (e.g. FreeGeek Toronto, reBoot)

Retail drop-off


Alcohol containers with deposit
Beer, wine and liquor containers with a deposit - includes cans, glass, plastic bottles, and drink boxes and all associated packaging (e.g. cartons, wrap etc)

Drop-off at Beer Store locations

Hazardous liquids Hazardous liquids including paints, solvents, household cleaners, motor oil, and other flammable or corrosive liquids

City of Toronto

  • Toxic Taxi pick up*
  • Depot drop-off

Waste service provider

Retail drop-off locations

Batteries Single-use and rechargeable consumer batteries

City of Toronto

  • Toxic Taxi pick up*
  • Depot drop-off

Retail drop-off

On-site collection bin
(RawMaterials.com)

Medications, sharps and needles Expired prescription, over-the-counter medicines and natural supplements as well as needles and sharps (containers to safely collect needles available from pharmacies)

Retail drop off at pharmacies

City of Toronto

  • Toxic Taxi pick up*
  • Depot drop-off
Fluorescent bulbs Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)

City of Toronto

  • Toxic Taxi pick up*
  • Depot drop-off

Retail drop-off

Cooking oil Used household cooking oil

City of Toronto

  • Toxic Taxi pick up*
  • Depot drop-off

Used oil collection company

*City of Toronto customers can call 311 to arrange a Toxic Taxi pick up service for special materials at no charge. City of Toronto hazardous waste drop off depots are available to Toronto residents