News release - September 24, 2018: City of Toronto launches TOwaste app to assist residents with proper waste sorting and disposal

A list of Drop-off Depots can be found on the City of Toronto website.

Never miss your garbage or recycling day again! Find out what waste items go where, what bins to put out when, and where to donate used items or find a City Drop-off Depot right from your smartphone or tablet with the new TOwaste app

Arriving at a Drop-Off Depot
During peak periods, priority may be given to vehicles operating on behalf of the City of Toronto. City-operated and contracted vehicles typically have two peak delivery times at the transfer stations and small vehicles should try to avoid using transfer stations/drop off depots from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and again from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Drop off depots methods of payment - disposal fees can be paid by Cash, Charge (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) and Debit. HST is exempt on invoices for Waste/Recyclables dropped off at the City Transfer Stations.

For information on prohibited waste see: Regulations & Prohibited Waste

Oversized items including Appliances, Metal items, Furniture
Fridges, stoves, washers, dryers, bicycles, sofas, chairs, wooden furniture, beds, mattress, etc., may be dropped off at select depot locations, refer to the website above for hours, please note that fees may apply.

Organics are not accepted from any other customers other than City of Toronto collection vehicles (no commercial or residential loads are accepted). Organic material brought to a depot will be treated as garbage, and therefore, garbage fees will apply.

Yard waste and Recycling
Residents are allowed one free drop-off of 20 kg of residential recycling per day (includes, yard waste, blue box material and depot material). All customers must leave a minimum $40 deposit. Your deposit will be returned if the load does not exceed 20 kgs. If the load is heavier than 20 kgs the fee will apply to the total weight of the load. Recycling should be in clear plastic bags.

Disposal of cardboard/corrugated at a depot does not require tying or bundling, however, it should be broken down or flattened (boxes) to save room in the bin for others. Larger cardboard can be dropped off in the corrugated cardboard pile if necessary, ask staff at the depot who will advise.

Note: The amount of the deposit requested at the Drop-Off Depot is based on different criteria that is entered into the computer such as vehicle type, material being disposed of and the gross weight of the vehicle. The deposit amount is generated by the computer software (starting at $40.00).

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & electronics drop-off
Residents dropping off HHW and electronics waste do not need to go over the weigh scales, they are to follow the signs and go directly to the HHW depot. HHW is only accepted from residential households. Computer /electronics are accepted from both residential households and commercial business (see: commercial drop-off). There is no fee for drop-off. There is no limit on WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) at a Drop-off depot.


  • Organics material is NOT accepted at Transfer Stations (all organics delivered directly to the Transfer Station will be charged for and treated as waste)
  • Disco Road Drop-Off Depot: Due to the Asian Long Horned Beetle (ALHB) quarantine, all loads containing yard waste material originating outside of the quarantined area must be redirected to the Ingram or Dufferin transfer stations. ONLY loads originating inside the quarantine area bordered by Finch Avenue on the North, Martin Grove Road on the East, and Highway 401 on the South will be accepted at the Disco Transfer Station. For more information see: Disposal of wood - brush - leaves - from an Ash tree or Asian Long-horned Beetle regulated area
  • Branches and body wood (stumps, logs etc.) over 7.5 cm (3 in.) in diameter - this type of waste is not collected at the curbside nor is it accepted at any of the City of Toronto Transfer Station. For stumps and branches of this size, please make arrangements with a private company specializing in handling this type of waste.
  • Disco Transfer Station will accept body wood that originates inside the ALHB quarantine area ONLY
  • Lumber/wood: in order to dispose of lumber/wood (including railway ties) at Transfer Stations, pieces cannot be greater than 1.2 metres (four feet) in length (lumber can be any width or height ie, 2X4's, 4X4's, 8X8's etc., provided the length is not greater than 1.2 metres). Garbage fees will apply.
  • Drywall (construction/demolition drywall, including painted, papered or vinyl covered - every effort should be made to remove nails, screws and metal corner beads) must be dropped off as recycling, not waste. Not all locations accept recycling, and some only accept specific items (these are noted in the drop-off chart). Contact the transfer station prior to dropping off drywall. Recycling fees will apply.

Note: Many oversized items that are normally collected curbside, cannot be dropped off as recycling, at drop-off depots. These items must be dropped off as waste.

Paint Reuse Depots
Residents can donate usable Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials, including oil and latex paint. Typically, half-full cans of oil and latex paint are set aside for residents to pick-up for free, automotive products or cleaners are also available. You can also take your leftover paint to your local Community Environment Day event. Paint Reuse Depots are located at:

  • Bermondsey
  • Disco
  • Ingram
  • Scarborough

Donate, borrow or repair, visit the City of Toronto website for locations to pick up or donate your unwanted items.

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