Tips From Toronto’s Waste Wizard
The City of Toronto understands that knowing what to do with unwanted stuff, and wanting to “do the right thing”, can be confusing.
Waste Wizard, our online searchable database, eliminates the confusion by listing more than 1,500 items to help you manage and dispose of waste materials properly.
Toronto accepts an increasing number of items that can be diverted from landfill through the Blue Bin, Green Bin, electronics collection and household hazardous waste 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 compatible in some municipal processing systems 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 workplace injuries.
Some items that cannot currently be recycled include:
• Hot beverage cups
• Coffee pods/disks
• Black plastic containers
Please keep recycling:
• Clear plastic fruit and vegetable containers
• Tissue boxes
• Empty shampoo and conditioner bottles
Also, did you know that the following 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 efforts you make every day to reduce, reuse and recycle properly. So, know before you throw.
Check Waste Wizard (toronto.ca/wastewizard) and be sure about what goes where.