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Bylaw enforcement - illegal dumping of garbage - debris - cigarette butts - on private property

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A service request for investigation by the Municipal Licensing & Standards can be submitted online at: or call 311.

Under Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 548, it is illegal for another party to dump on your property. If the person is known or items in the garbage reveal the name of the offender, then enforcement action may be taken. If the property owner did not see or cannot identify who did the illegal dumping, and is not willing to appear in court, ML&S will not become involved.

If after receiving a written 3 day Notice of Violation and the property owner fails to comply, the City of Toronto can remove the refuse/garbage using an approved private contractor and the cost will be applied together with a remedial fee to the owner's municipal tax roll.

Illegal dumping into dumpsters on private property
ML&S recommends all private storage bins be lockable to prevent this from happening.

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