Know Before You Throw!
Did you know that every year the City of Toronto manages almost 1 million tonnes of waste? This includes a number of items that can be kept out of landfill through the Blue Bin recycling program, including cardboard boxes, milk bags (inner pouches and outer bag), toilet paper/paper towel overwrap and clear plastic clamshells.
But there are some items that should never go in the Blue Bin. The City of Toronto Municipal Code (Chapter 844, Article IV) requires households and property owners to properly sort garbage, Blue Bin recyclable materials and Green Bin organic materials, and set these materials out in separate containers. Failure to do so can lead to written notice of non-compliance, fines or even cancelled collection service.
A few common Blue Bin mistakes include:
• Food scraps like apple cores, eggshells or expired leftovers belong in your Green Bin, not your Blue Bin.
• Containers with food need to be emptied and rinsed before you recycle.
• Black plastic containers and black garbage bags can’t be recycled and should go in the garbage.
• Old clothes, shoes, blankets, and curtains in good condition can be donated to not-for-profit agencies or drop them off for reuse at Community Environment Days. If your items can’t be donated, put them in the garbage.
• Disposable hot and cold beverage cups are lined with plastic or wax and can’t be recycled. So, these go in the garbage. Non-black plastic lids and paper sleeves should be removed and placed in the Blue Bin.
Other items that should never go in Blue Bin recycling include propane and helium tanks, VHS tapes, chains, hoses, electrical cords, medical waste and tools.
Learn what goes in your Blue Bin and what doesn’t at toronto.ca/recycleright