Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) is responsible for collecting, transporting, processing, composting and disposal of municipal and some private sector waste. This includes garbage, Blue Bin recyclables, Green Bin Organics, litter, yard waste, over-sized and metal waste as well as household hazardous and electronic waste. SWMS delivers the following services:

  • City Beautification
  • Residual Management
  • Solid Waste Collection and Transfer
  • Solid Waste Education and Enforcement
  • Solid Waste Processing and Transport

SWMS manages seven Transfer Stations, two Organics Processing Facility with one under expansion, three Collection Yards and one Litter Collection Yard, Green Lane Landfill + 160 Closed Landfills, 1.5 million residential bins and operates approximately 750 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for Solid Waste Management Services for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

Solid Waste Management Services’ mission is to be an international leader in providing innovative waste management services in the City of Toronto in a safe, efficient and courteous manner, creating environmental sustainability, promoting waste diversion and maintaining a clean city.

Download the Solid Waste Management Services Program Map to better understand the services and activities SWMS delivers on behalf of the City of Toronto.

Operating Budget

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $391.6 million gross and $(20.0) million net.


  • 8 per cent Budget decrease compared to the 2018 Approved Capital Contribution to maintain existing service levels and meet additional service demands.
  • $15.533M Service change savings including $10.6M in user fee rate increases and $4.8M in net efficiency savings.
  • $0.313M New/enhanced funding to initiate additional Litter pickup.
  • 2020/2021 Increases primarily for known inflationary adjustments for salaries, benefits and contracts, the Dufferin Renewable Natural Gas initiative as well as future projected rate increases to support the ongoing Capital works program and Long Term Waste Management Strategy.

Key Challenges

  • Moving toward 70 per cent waste diversion and balancing this target with program sustainability.
  • Continually moving towards a Fully Sustainable Utility by generating rate revenue adequately to support SWMS’ operating and capital for future diversion programs and facilities as outlined in the LTWMS.
  • Continuation of efforts to prioritize the 3Rs, enhance existing programs and implement new recommendations to help achieve 70 per cent Diversion to extend the lifespan of Green Lane landfill.
  • Decrease recyclable material contamination to maximize revenue and reduce processing costs.
  • Managing the ever-changing nature of packaging materials and unstable recycling markets.
  • Transitioning towards full producer responsibility is impacting short and long-term planning in the absence of Provincial regulations under the Waste-Free Ontario Act.

Priority Actions

  • Program enhancements and updates are being addressed through implementation of the Long Term Waste Strategy that has targets to guide SWMS activities for 30 to 50 years.
  • A 2.2 per cent blended rate increase is recommended for 2019.
  • SWMS’ capital program is primarily driven by the City’s Waste Strategy and long term infrastructure demands. The 2019 – 2028 Capital Budget and Plan includes funding of $199 million for the Waste Strategy as approved by Council in July 2016.
  • The rebate applied to the single and multi-residential rates be phased out to transition a fully self-sufficient and sustainable utility.
  • Development of a multi-year financial strategy to bring rate stability and predictability.

Capital Budget and Plan

The 10-year Capital Plan is $641.3 million, primarily comprised of:

  • Legislated projects to fund the perpetual care of old landfills as well as landfill development at Green Lane.
  • State of Good Repair (SOGR) dedicated to on-going asset management of transfer stations, collection yards and diversion facilities.
  • Service Improvement projects provide funding for studies, facilities, systems and the implementation of the Long Term Waste Strategy to make progress on achieving the waste diversion target of 70 per cent.
  • Growth Related projects reflect the plan to build a future waste processing facility as well as an organics processing facility.

Highlights – 1 Year

  • $16.408M Continue capital development and monitoring at Green Lane Landfill.
  • $3.475M For on-going bin replacement which includes green bins, replacement waste containers, kitchen containers and recycling bags.
  • $3.228M For on-going base and new control systems, including engineering & monitoring at old closed landfill sites.
  • $3.143M For Information Technology Application projects including Customer Relationship Management, Asset Management, Contract Management and Transfer Station Efficiencies.
  • $2.869M Continue implementing the Long Term Waste Management Strategy including Promotion and Education, Mixed Waste Processing study, Circular Economy research and reduce & reuse programs.

Highlights – 10 Years

  • $229.614M Legislated projects focused on Perpetual Care of Old Landfills and Green Lane Development.
  • $173.158M Service Improvement projects including bin distribution, Long Term Strategy, Engineering Planning Studies and investment in IT infrastructure.
  • $159.153M State of Good Repair projects for Transfer Stations, Diversion Facilities and Collection Yards.
  • $79.355M Growth projects including the planning and initial construction phases of two new facilities for waste management and organics processing.

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.