The City is implementing the following five new Community Reduce & Reuse Programs. Please visit the City of Toronto website for further details.

  • Urban Harvest
  • The Sewing Program
  • Bicycle Repair Hubs
  • Sharing and Reuse Spaces
  • Community Composting

Waste Reduction

Every year, the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste. This requires money, energy, and resources and takes up valuable landfill space. Waste reduction should always be top of mind as the less waste produced, the less there is to manage. Join the waste reduction movement and help keep items out of landfill. Visit the City of Toronto, Waste Reduction website for ideas on the following:

  • Ways to Reduce Waste
  • Reusable Alternatives to Disposable Items
  • Reducing Clothing & Other Textile Waste
  • Where to Donate Items
  • Popular Reuse Sites
  • Reducing Single-Use & Takeaway Items
  • Community Reduce & Reuse Programs
  • Food Waste Reduction Strategy

Recycle wire hangers: most dry cleaners will accept wire hangers for reuse

Recycle eye glasses: check with your local optical store, many accept used eye glasses

Toronto Freecycle Network
You can also post your item on the Toronto Freecycle Network on the internet. The Freecycle Network is a non-profit organization and a movement of people interested in keeping good stuff out of landfills. For more information, please go to www.freecycle.org

Waste Nothing makes it easy to find out how best to use and dispose of unwanted items. From selling and donating to upcycling, recycling, composting, and as a last resort, trash.

Canadian Diabetes Association will pick up textiles, household items, electronics, sports equipment among other things, free of charge. For a list of accepted/not accepted items, please visit their website.

March of Dimes Canada will accept and recycle old pop tabs at the local scrap metal dealer location and receive $0.60 for every pound of metal. Only pop tabs will be accepted and no other metal should be included, as it will reduce the price received. Proceeds from the pop tab collections are used to benefit the March of Dimes Assistive Devices Program and DesignAbility Program. For details on how to mail them pop tabs, please visit their website.

You can also donate your vehicle to the March of Dimes, which will then be disposed of in an eco-friendly manner that meets and exceeds all recycling regulations.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP)
Pickup service for used clothing and household goods (in partnership with Value Village).  

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a Christian organization that gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in 131 countries.

Furniture Bank
Transfers gently used furniture and housewares donated by you to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees & newcomers to Canada.

Items accepted:

  • Dining & living room furniture
  • Beds & bedroom furniture
  • Housewares
  • Small kitchen & electrical items
  • Home decor items

How to donate items through the Furniture Bank:

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