Know Before You Throw
The City of Toronto understands that knowing what can and cannot be recycled can be confusing. However, it’s important to properly sort your garbage and recycling before you put it out for collection.
Toronto accepts an increasing number of items that can be diverted from landfill through the Blue Bin recycling, Green Bin organics, electronic waste and household hazardous waste collection programs. However, there are still some items that are considered garbage and must be disposed of properly.
Items that you think are recyclable may be accepted in some municipal waste diversion programs, but not Toronto’s. If you are unsure about “what goes where”, always check first because the wrong item can contaminate the recycling stream, damage equipment or cause
Toronto offers a number of resources to help you know before you throw, including:
- The annual Collection Calendar;
- The website toronto.ca/ recycle; and
- Waste Wizard, our online searchable database that lists more than 1,500 items to help you manage and dispose of waste materials properly.
Some non-recyclable items that should never go in the Blue Bin include:
- Hot beverage paper cups
- Coffee pods/disks
- Black plastic take-out containers
- Plastic squeeze tubes for home and personal products
- Tools, scrap metal
- Cassettes, DVDs and CDs
- Binders and clip boards
Also, did you know that these items should be disposed of through our Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program?:
- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and energy-saving fluorescent tubes
- Full or partially full aerosol cans of any product
- Electronic cigarettes
We appreciate the effort you make every day to reduce, reuse and recycle properly. So, know before you throw.