Clean Toronto Together 2017

It’s that time of year again! As the weather warms up and spring cleaning begins, the city is looking ahead to its annual Clean Toronto Together & Community Cleanup Day events.

Each year, thousands of Torontonians gather at the end of April to remove litter and beautify our city – last year, more than 190,000 residents took part in over 1,000 cleanups!

On Friday, April 21, schools and businesses are invited to participate in the 20-Minute Makeover.

On Saturday, April 22, neighbours and residents associations are invited to clean up a local playground, trail, or park.

Registration for this event opens TODAY, March 1!

The city supplies you with litter and recycling bags and helps coordinate special litter pickups when your event ends.

For more information, please visit this link or contact Jeff McCormick with the city’s Environment & Energy Division at

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.

Not Wanted in Your Blue Bin Campaign

Solid Waste Management Services has launched a new campaign this summer to bring awareness to residents about reducing blue bin recycling contamination.

In 2015, approximately 45,000 tonnes of garbage and organic waste were mistakenly put in the recycling.

Blue bin contamination is a problem for a number of reasons:

  • The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) can separate some contamination, but there is a limit to the amount it can remove.
  • Loads that exceed an accepted level of contamination may end up in a landfill.
  • Removing contaminated materials from recyclable materials increases costs.

Here are some of the most common culprits:


Waste Diversion News

As the Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, I’m pleased to share that we’ve made significant progress on diverting waste from landfills!

As of June 1st, Solid Waste Management will accept “stretchy” plastic products. These include:

  • Milk bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper/flyer bags
  • Produce and vegetable bags

With this change, staff anticipate that 3,500 tonnes of waste will be diverted from landfills. This puts us even closer to achieving a 70% total diversion rate!

For a complete list of items that you can recycle in your blue bin, click here.

Waste Disposal Tips – What Goes Where?

Recycling (Blue Bins)
Many of the products we consume come in packaging that can be recycled rather than sent to landfills! These include beverage and food containers, home and personal product containers, takeout food containers, retail shopping bags and paper.

Organics (Green Bins)
The benefit of properly disposing organic waste is that it can be reused as compost down the line! This includes food waste, coffee grinds, and animal waste.

Garbage (Black/Grey Bins or Yellow Bags)
Many of the items we dispose of can be reused or recycled as noted above. If, however, items must make their way to the landfill, it’s important to know what’s accepted and what’s not.

Household Hazardous Waste
Batteries, cleaning products and paint are all examples of waste that should be disposed of responsibly. The city offers a free service called Toxic Taxi, which allows residents to request a free pick-up of hazardous waste. For a complete list of what counts as hazardous waste and for drop-off depot locations, please visit this link.

Electronic Waste
As technology improves, we are constantly turning over devices and electronics. Including everything from cell phones to fax machines, e-waste can be part of your curbside collection. For more information on what it includes and how to set it out, please visit this link.

Don’t forget to think of others when considering the disposal of items in your home! The City’sReUseIt program offers information on how to donate unwanted items to not-for-profit agencies.

If you have any questions about what can or cannot be disposed of, you can also contact 311 – they would be happy to help!