Green Bin Organics Program
The Green Bin Program collects organic waste (fruit and vegetables scraps, paper towels, coffee grinds, etc.) and turns it into compost.
About 44% (by weight) of your household garbage is organic material - material that can be processed into compost for use on farms, parklands and gardens instead of being sent to landfill.
The Green Bin Program currently services 510,000 single-family households. The Green Bin Program is now being rolled out to apartments, condos and co-op buildings receiving City collection.
Residential cooking oil now accepted at Drop-off Depots and Community Environment Days
Cooking oil - from residential homes, apartments and condos - is now accepted as household hazardous waste at Drop-off Depots and Community Environment Days. (Please note the drop-off hours for household hazardous waste are different from the general operating hours.)
Cooking oil should delivered in a sealed container labelled "Used cooking oil."
Cooking oil should never be poured down the sink, drain or toilet because it can negatively impact sewer pipes systems in your home and neighbourhood, causing sewer backups. Small amounts can go in the Green Bin if soaked up with a paper towel or frozen/hardened.
Construction work will provide additional Green Bin organics processing capacity
In 2007, Council approved Toronto's plans to expand Green Bin Program processing capacity within the city's borders in order to meet program demand and allow more users to join the program. The new Disco Road Green Bin Processing Facility's construction started January 2011. Construction at the existing Dufferin Green Bin Processing Facility, also started in January 2011, and includes repairing a part of the current anaerobic digester tank and creation of a second anaerobic digester tank.