Important note: Please see Construction Notices below for Dufferin & Commissioners Drop Off Depots.

Important notes for the General Public & Registered Account Holders:

  • Cash will not be accepted at any Drop-Off Depots; please pay via debit or credit card.
  • Please limit visits and practice physical distancing when at a Drop-Off Depot.
  • A face mask or covering is mandatory and must be worn by anyone entering the Drop-Off Depots sites.
  • If you are exempt from wearing a mask/face covering, you must schedule your time of arrival. This is to ensure your safety as well as the safety of others. Please call 311 to be transferred to a Drop-Off Depot to book your time.
  • You are responsible for unloading items, if you require assistance, please bring an additional person with you.

Construction Notices

Dufferin Drop-Off Depot

  • Effective January 25, 2021, Dufferin Drop-Off Depot will not be accepting garbage waste.  Yard waste and tires will continue to be accepted for disposal.

Commissioners Drop-Off Depot 

  • December 2019 - Summer 2022: Commissioners Street will be closed from Cherry Street to just east of the Don Roadway, direct access to the Commissioners Drop-Off depot will not be affected but detours will be in place in the area, further information may be found on the Port Lands Flood Protection website.

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 TOwaste app

Arriving at a Drop-Off Depot

A safe motorized vehicle is required to drop off waste for disposal and all loads must be properly secured. Walk-ins, bicycles and manual transportation devices are not permitted. Any unsafe vehicles or unsecured loads will be refused entry.

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.

A deposit will be required before you are allowed to dispose of your material. The deposit amount will depend on the estimated size of your load and the type of material. A minimum $40 deposit will be required for all loads.

Commercial Customers

Commercial customers, without a Commercial Drop & Load account, are permitted to drop off garbage and blue bin material as well as computers/electronics.

Drop-Off Depots - methods of payment

Disposal fees can be paid by Charge (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) and Debit. HST is exempt on invoices for Waste/Recyclables dropped off at the City Drop-Off Depots.

For information on prohibited waste see: Regulations & Prohibited Waste

Oversized items; Appliances, Metal items, Furniture

  • Metal items / Large/Small Appliances: fridge, stove, washer, dryer, bicycle, scrap metal, auto parts, may be taken to a drop-off depot that accepts metal
  • Furniture: sofa, chair, mattress, etc., may be taken to a drop-off depot that accepts garbage
  • Refer to the website above for locations, hours and disposal fees.

Organics

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.

Cardboard

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 at a Depot 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). Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste is free of charge with the exception of fluorescent tubes, visit the City of Toronto website for details.

Disposal of:

  • Organics material is NOT accepted at Transfer Stations (any organics delivered directly to a Drop-Off Depot will be charged for and treated as waste)
  • 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 Drop-Off Depot. For stumps and branches of this size, please make arrangements with a private company specializing in handling this type of waste.
  • Lumber/wood: in order to dispose of lumber/wood (including railway ties) at Drop-Off Depots, 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.
  • Christmas trees do not require cutting down to a smaller size for disposal at a Drop-Off Depot.
  • 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, fees may apply.

COVID-19 Update: Paint & Reuse Centres are currently suspended

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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