The City of Toronto collects unwanted electronics for free to ensure they are disposed of safely, recycled and kept out of landfill. Electronic items can be put out on garbage day for pickup, brought to a Drop-off Depot or donated for reuse. Visit the City of Toronto website for more details on the proper disposal of Electronic Waste.

Any unwanted electronics can be set out at the curb on your scheduled garbage collection day.
The following items are eligible:

  • Desktop, portable/laptop and hand-held computers
  • Keyboards, cables, computer mouse
  • Monitors, printers, scanners, modems
  • Disk and optical drives
  • Copiers, typewriters
  • VCRs, DVD players, video projectors, video recorders
  • Telephones/cell phones (including accessories), pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), fax and answering machines
  • Televisions
  • Radios, stereos, receivers, speakers, tuners, turntables
  • Equalizers, (pre)amplifiers
  • Cameras

Materials not accepted as E-Waste:

  • Microwave ovens
  • Air Conditioners
  • Fridges / Freezers
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Power Tools
  • String Lights

Note: Please make sure you clear your hard drive before disposing of computers

How to set out

  • Set these items out for pick up 0.5 metres (2 feet) away from your Garbage Bin.
  • Make sure the items can be seen by the collections crews
  • Large items can be put on the ground. Smaller items should be put in an open cardboard box or clear plastic bag (it is preferable if small items are not put out as single items)
  • If the weather is bad, please put the items out on your next garbage bin collection day.

For computers and related components that are in working condition, visit the City of Toronto website for reuse ideas and a list of charities and organizations that accept donations.

Recycle your electronics
Desktop and laptop computers, keyboards, mice, monitors, desktop printers, disk drives, fax machines and televisions can also be taken to participating stores for recycling. Visit the Recycle Your Electronics website for a list of locations and program updates.

Electronics Collection - Expanded service for multi-unit residential buildings Front-End (Containerized) collection customers:
For multi-unit residential front-end collected customers, electronic waste should be located in a centralized area of the building accessible to residents. Items may be placed in an open top container such as a cardboard box or clear plastic bag for small items and large items to be placed on their own.

The container should be used to collect small electronic items, such as: cell phones, pagers, radios, cameras, video recorders, computer cables and accessories. Portable and laptop computers, keyboards, VCRs and DVD players may also placed in the containers, as long as the total weight of the container does not exceed 20kg.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens to the clear plastic bag or cardboard box?
When the designated truck comes to pick up your unwanted electronics, it will also take away the bag or cardboard box and recycle them. The plastic bag is fully recyclable.

Is this program mandatory?
No. However, it will help you reduce the amount of waste you are generating, which affects your Solid Waste User fees. It's the City's goal to achieve 70% waste diversion and this is a program aimed at keeping electronic waste out of landfill sites and either recycled or safely disposed of.

Will I be charged for the special collection of electronics?
No, it is a free service to encourage waste diversion and ensure electronic items are disposed of safely, recycled and kept out of landfill sites.

How do I put out smaller items such as keyboards, cables, mice?
Use a container described below for setting out small electronic waste items which weigh less than 20 Kilograms:

  • a rigid open cardboard fibre container in good working order that is capable of supporting 20 kilograms when lifted, or
  • a translucent plastic bag measuring approximately 66 centimetres by 90 centimetres and capable of supporting 20 kilograms when lifted

How do I put out larger items such as computers and monitors?
Place larger electronic items beside your garbage bin for collection. A different style of truck from your regular garbage truck will pick up all electronics for either recycling or safe disposal. Always keep weather conditions in mind when placing items out for collection. In winter storms, we ask that you hold onto items until it's clear of snow and ice.

Where are the electronics items taken after collection?
All of the electronics items collected are taken to a City warehouse. They are packaged for shipping to OES approved processors and recyclers for recycling and safe, secure disposal of any potentially hazardous content.