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Waste Disposal Tips

Often during the holiday season, we see a spike in household waste.

That’s why we all need to do our part to dispose of our waste in the right bin. The city is working to meet a waste diversion target of 70% – and knowing what goes where is key to achieving this goal.

Fortunately, the city’s easy-to-use Waste Wizard can help you sort your waste.

In addition, collection calendars are being delivered over the next few weeks. If you haven’t received your calendar by December 19, please contact 311.

You can also visit the city’s Garbage & Recycling webpage for more information and tips.

Clean Your Drains Before It Rains

There are small steps we can take to help reduce the impact that summer rain events have on our neighbourhoods.

Leaves and debris from landscaping can block catch basins and can result in localized flooding on our roads. Residents can assist the city by ensuring catch basins, roads and sidewalks are clear of debris.

Yard waste, collected every other week on garbage collection day from mid-March to December, should be placed in kraft paper yard waste bags or rigid open-top containers (not in plastic bags).

If the top of the catch basin is clear of debris but flooding is still occurring, there could be a blockage below the surface and a request should be forwarded to Toronto Water. A service request for catch basin cleaning can be submitted by emailing 311 or calling them directly.