As part of the response to COVID-19, the Province of Ontario enacted Ontario Regulation 71/20, prohibiting the City from regulating loading and unloading noise made in connection with the delivery of goods in the City of Toronto.


  • Solid Waste collection has been deemed an essential service by the Government of Ontario.  
  • Solid Waste collection is still subject to the Noise By-law, under § 591-2.4. Loading and unloading:
    • No person shall emit or cause or permit the emission of sound resulting from loading, unloading, delivering, packing, unpacking, and otherwise handling any containers, products or materials from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next day, except until 9 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

For any solid waste collection noise not in compliance with the allowable hours, contact 311 to submit a service request.

For more information, visit the Noise webpage.